Uley's Cabin at Crested Butte This is the coziest of on mountain cabins we have encountered. Off the
Twister Trail (where are our editor twisted her knee- another story), Uley’s old moonshine chalet has been transformed into an elegant
culinary hideaway for Crested Butte skiers - feast
on charcuterie and gourmet cheese plates, elk and native game with an
international wine and beer selection. Outside on a bluebird Colorado day, sit
at the unique Ice Bar for a cool cocktail and a view of The Buttes slopes
above. Evenings at Uley’s include a sleigh ride and a gourmet dinner.
Alpino Vino at Telluride The highest restaurant in North America, this 11,966’ mountain chalet
at Telluride is reached from the Gold Hill Express
for a ski in lunch, or takes a snowcat for a five-course candlelight dinner with
wine-pairing. Waiters are dressed in authentic alpine attire in this delightful
setting – which was once a private home on an old mining claim. The logistics
alone are impressive when you are dining on an elaborate menu of fine cheese,
charcuterie and truly haute cuisine accompanied by a 100 label wine list (all
delivered by snow cat). The view from the outdoor heated Wine Bar at lunch is
breathtaking as well of the San Juan's and Prospect Bowl.
Cloud 9 at Aspen Highlands is a delightful mountain chalet at
10,400' with views of the Maroon Bells, raclette and fondue. This little hut
gets lively towards après ski, as Veuve Clicquot flows and folks dance in ski
boots. At sister resort Snowmass, Gwyn's is a lovely lunch spot
mid mountain, while Bonnie's at
Aspen Mountain is where the
locals go for homemade goods following first tracks.
Buffalo's at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch at
Beaver Creek is a gorgeous lodge to ski to for
lunch. The "park-itecture" of this beautiful log hotel is breathtaking, and
the buffalo chili is delicious.
10th Mountain Lodge at Vail is
located mid Vail, this beautiful Rocky mountain building honors the 10th and
Vail founder. Vail's impressive lodge has views of Riva Ridge, the Gore Range, a
beautiful bar and dining room, an extensive menu, and the most elegant ski
Epic at Okemo, Vermont
Epic sounds like accolades from a recent snow storm, but its an epicurean
hideaway at the base of the Solitude quad lift at
Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont. Enjoy Chef creations of Salmon Carpaccio
and Duck Quesadillas with no cafeteria trays, just a view of the slopes from
your table service setting. Okemo continues to up the ski
resort standard for food all over the mountain, with locally sourced, artfully
prepared fresh cuisine. The Coleman Brook at
Gore Inn is another full service Tavern where you can snuggle into a high back
chair for an organic Vermont burger with native Cheddar and a pinot from their
Wine Spectator award list. Your kids will love the s'mores,
your wife may love the s'more martini more.
The Cliff House at Stowe, Vermont
Ride the Gondola to the top of Mt Mansfield, and enter this full-service
mountaintop restaurant, open for lunch at
Stowe. The Austrian chalet
décor pairs nicely with the Vermont artisan dishes.
Everett's 8800 at Big Sky Since Big Sky bought Spanish
Peaks, they have revitalize this beautiful on mountain log cabin at 8800' at the
top of the Ram Charger Lift. Here you can enjoy breakfast and lunch with
spectacular views of Lone Peak. Crepes, Swiss Rosti potatoes and warm apple
strudel brings a taste of Europe to the Montana mountains.
Hazie's at Steamboat Resort
At the top of the Gondola at Steamboat Resort,
Hazie's is a super scenic setting overlooking the beautiful Yampa
Valley. White linens, table service and a great western lunch menu features bison and
local cuisine. Make a reservation, or get a seat at the beautiful and equally scenic
bar. Hazie's is also open for dinner on certain nights for dinner overlooking
the twinkling lights of Steamboat Springs, and starry gondola ride back down.
Couloir at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Ride the Bridger gondola from the base to 9,095 and dine at Couloir -
floor to ceiling windows frame the spectacular Wyoming scenery and the snowy
slopes that surround you. Sit down service of bison burger or a gooey Brie
sandwich will have you wanting to remove your ski boots and stay all afternoon,
but the venerable Tram to Jackson Hole's
summit is staring at you, tempting you to Rendezvous Bowl.
Eagle’s Eye Restaurant at
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is one of the most beautiful ski in ski out
lodges in the world and at 7,705’ the highest
elevation restaurant in Canada. Ride Kicking Horse’s long scenic base to summit
gondola, enjoy an elk burger with a side of five Canadian National Parks in
view. Eagle's Eye is open certain evenings too - go for sunset and stay for
dinner. Even better rent the luxury Suite upstairs.
Honorable Mention, or Too Many To Mention:
Round House at Sun Valley, Idaho Ski in to the mid-mountain Round House as the first Sun Valley skiers did back
in 1939. Dine on Austrian fare of fondue by the fire, while an
accordion player entertains with classic mountain ski songs. This is a
Sun Valley must, now with its own Gondola.
Collin's Grill at Watson’s Shelter, Alta, Utah
This earthy skiers’ only mountain has a surprisingly elegant mid-mountain
restaurant with linen table cloths and creative courses, concluding with the
Heart of Darkness Chocolate dessert. A great view of the
slopes and skiers passing by on the Collins quad will keep you connected with
your Alta ego. Of course we haven't dined yet at the
new Snowbird Summit Lodge at 11,00 on Hidden Peak.
The Cabin, The Canyons, Utah
Lookout Cabin is a cozy mountaintop chalet at The
Canyons side of Park City, with table service and a diverse menu for hungry
downhillers - fondue, poutine, soups, salads and sandwiches. The chefs’ prepare
your salmon or chili in an open
kitchen but the stunning view of the Wasatch Mountains is the real attention
Alpenglow Stube at Keystone
Atop Keystone’s River Run Gondola, trade in your ski boots for soft slippers as
you are greeted and waited on by Bavarian costumed waiters. Dining at 11,444’on
fondues, soups, game, and pastries is extraordinary at this elevation.
Willow Creek at The Ritz Carlton Aspen Highland, Colorado
Ski to the slopeside Village at Aspen Highland and enter the Ritz Carlton Club
for lunch, and a break from Deep Temerity’s steeps. The Willow Creek has a nice
menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and of course, ritzy service.
Royal Street Café at Deer Valley, Utah
Located upstairs in Deer Valley’s mid-mountain
Silver Lake Lodge is this full-service culinary café. The Chipotle BBQ Burger is
to die for, much like Deer Valley on a powder day. Ski to the Montage
Burger and Bourbon for a peak inside this posh Deer Valley ski hotel.
Gunbarrel at Heavenly, California
The Gunbarrel has location, location, location at the top of the Heavenly Tram.
The fare and friendly service are a bonus, but its all about the
Heavenly views of Lake Tahoe.