or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Food & Drink › Where is the Good Food on the Mountain?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Where is the Good Food on the Mountain?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

We always read a lot of negatives on ski area food.  True, it is always too much money; but is it always bad

 

How about sharing where the good stuff (as in food and drink) is on your mountain?  It is Summer time what else do you have to do?

 

I ski Crystal Mountain Washington predominantly.  They have a restaurant on top of their Rainier Chair and it is good.  Summit House has a really nice menu of, fresh foods that are well prepared, a diverse wine list with good regionals, and some good micro brews.  If it were in town, I would drive a ways to eat there.  The view on a clear day is perhaps the best of Mt. Rainier available in the state.  The place lets you have a very European ski experience with a Northwestern slant.  Try it you might like it. 

 

What does your area have to offer?  I'm throwin' down the oven mit here.

 

P.S.  Their chili is kink of lame.

post #2 of 25

When I am out side in the cold doing some vigorous activity like skiing -- I work up an appetite. So when I can come in for a warm meal -- I am looking to warm up and quickly refuel -- not have a fine dining experience.

 

I personally think something small but filling like a warm pretzel with cheese wiz  washed down with a luke-warm cup of coffee is about the best ski food you can get. Maybe some chocolate milk.

post #3 of 25

Snowbasin has some of the best food I have had at any area. 

post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 



 

Quote:
Originally Posted by tromano View Post

When I am out side in the cold doing some vigorous activity like skiing -- I work up an appetite. So when I can come in for a warm meal -- I am looking to warm up and quickly refuel -- not have a fine dining experience.

 

I personally think something small but filling like a warm pretzel with cheese wiz  washed down with a luke-warm cup of coffee is about the best ski food you can get. Maybe some chocolate milk.

Agree with you on most occasions, especially a powder day.  But there is a time and a place for everything.  There are days when stopping and sharing some good food and a niece barley pop with  friends just seems like the right thing to do.  Taking the 45 minute lunch, instead of the 20 minute version, can put a different spin on the ski day (especially a cold weather one).  Not every ski day for sure, but some days. 

 

post #5 of 25

The one place the pops into mind is the place at Breckenridge(IIRC at Peak 9 Chair - Uncle Louie will correct me if I'm wrong)

Its independently owned and has incredible home made food!

post #6 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Snowbasin has some of the best food I have had at any area. 


Agreed.  Three comfortable lodges with wood burning fireplaces everywhere, great variety & an international flavor.  There is something for every appetite.

 

The Eagles Nest at the top of the Kicking Horse gondola is really good with a sit down menu type service & spectacular views.

 

Deer Valley has some good options.

 

Just about anywhere in the alps.

 

JF

post #7 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4ster View Post


Agreed.  Three comfortable lodges with wood burning fireplaces everywhere, great variety & an international flavor.  There is something for every appetite.

 

The Eagles Nest at the top of the Kicking Horse gondola is really good with a sit down menu type service & spectacular views.

 

JF


Plus it is reasonable for what you get. 

post #8 of 25

Agree, Snowbasin has some of the best meals you can get for $10 in a ski lodge.

post #9 of 25

View Haus, at Snow Summit, Big Bear, SoCal has an incredible tri-tip sandwich.  That, paired with the view from the outside deck, and a Fat Tire or an Arrogant Bastard, is as good as it gets.

post #10 of 25

The Schwendi Hutte near the top of Waterville Valley definitely has more interesting food than the places further down the mountain. The bad thing for me is that my daughter refuses to eat interesting things, so we end up eating at the more generic places when we're together. The Hutte is also a bit seating challenged and visiting between noon and 1pm can be a waste of time, but at least people aren't camping out there.

post #11 of 25

Not haute cuisine, but Mt. Baker has a fine bowl of chili.

post #12 of 25

Glass of Hennessy with cup of tea will substitute any food before I'll go home.

post #13 of 25

Aspen has great food. Not that expensive either, I'm usually only a soup guy though. 

I liked Snowbasin's too!

 

 

 

It's been a long time since I lived there, but Vail's sucked.  They trucked a lot of it up from a central kitchen in Avon. 
 

post #14 of 25

When skiing with my wife, an early lunch in the Lookout Cabin at The Canyons will do. Great views, competent staff, consistently good food and a decent wine list.   Best of all, we can have a nice conversation without yelling at the top of our lungs.   

 

When with skiing with the kids, any place that serves overpriced pizza or a mysterious dead animal topped with cheese on a bun is considered gourmet (to them). I usually skip lunch when out with the little guys, preferring to get my 2000 calories and massive amounts of cholesterol by eating their leftover grease laden fries doused in ketchup. 

post #15 of 25

Agree with Snowbasin. Deer Valley salad bar. Kimi's bistro at Solitude (killer mushroom soup) The restaurant on top floor at Collin's grill (mid mountain lodge on Collin's side). Very nice experience.PCMR- ski down to old town and it's a short walk to a bunch of restaurants. Blackcomb- ski down to bottom of Wizard chair and walk to the little restaurant across from Chateau Whistler. Casual, but great food. I like good lunches.

post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 

Interesting that most of the entries here are western areas.  Does this say something about the regional differences?

 

Some of the most monotonous I have seen on a mountain was Copper Mt in their days of being owned by Arbys'.  Was kind of odd to get a beer with beef n' Cheddar. 

post #17 of 25

Inland Pacific NW:

 

Lookout Pass - great chili, homemade, pizza 2 inches plus thick

 

Silver Mt. - cafeteria main floor is poor but restaurant upstairs is very good, ok prices and ample good food

 

Schweitzer -  great baked potatoes with everything on them (your choice) in the little bldg at the base of Stella Chair

post #18 of 25

Which areas have hte best luxury fine dining is I think not super relevant to most people -- if you don't ski there. You don't come to snowbasin for the food or the toilets. But when you are there i would be great to have locals cheap food guide at each hill maybe as a wiki.

post #19 of 25

Snowbasin hands down best food at ski area I have had, and yes I have had Deer Valley which is second but pretty far behind.

 

and tim what are you talking about! I love snowbasin because you can go shred gnar and lounge in some of the nicest lodges around.

 

post #20 of 25

I usually brown bag it, so I'm not much help on this topic, but one of the most interesting places to eat in the mid-Atlantic ski world is actually at one of our few nordic ski centers.

I'm talking about the Whitegrass Cafe at Whitegrass Nordic Ski Center in Canaan Valley, WV. Also, it's only about a mile from two downhill ski areas;  Timberline and Canaan Valley. Whitegrass Cafe is a VERY down to Earth, back to nature type place with many homemade items for lunch and a following for their evening specialties too.

http://www.whitegrass.com/cafe.html

post #21 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

Snowbasin hands down best food at ski area I have had, and yes I have had Deer Valley which is second but pretty far behind.

 

and tim what are you talking about! I love snowbasin because you can go shred gnar and lounge in some of the nicest lodges around.

 


Surprised no vote for Spruce Peak Lodge at Stowe?
 

post #22 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post




Surprised no vote for Spruce Peak Lodge at Stowe?
 


Best one I've been to, but I haven't been to Deer Valley or Snowbasin. Come to think of it, I've been to some pretty nice Huttes in the Arlberg, but I'm not sure those count.

post #23 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post




Surprised no vote for Spruce Peak Lodge at Stowe?
 


Id  be biased but it is better than anything but Snowbasin/Deer Valley. Stowes prices are actually better than those places though which is actually surprising.

post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 

Any Sun Valley skiers out there?  Round House used to be pretty darned good (long long ago), how is it these days? 

 

Snow Basin being part of the SV family it would just make sense.

 

Should there be another category for chili, the real skiers food?

post #25 of 25

 

One place I always thought had good food was Le Massif in Quebec. Nothing fancy but good healthy inexpensive food. The eating options were much better than your basic burger, chicken finger or pizza that you have at most resorts. I'm talking about cafeteria food at the resort not some fancy restaurant.

 

I'd also give a thumbs up for the cafeteria food at the Spruce Peak Lodge at Stowe which I mentioned above but didn't endorse.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Food & Drink
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Food & Drink › Where is the Good Food on the Mountain?