Top On Mountain Restaurants at Eastern Ski Resorts...
The food and fun doesn't have to wait until après ski. These ski in ski out
lunches provide table service, and fine cuisine - usually with a view. Whether
you take off your ski boots for lunch is up to you, but these spectacular on
mountain dining spots are worth taking a while- far better food than the ski
area cafeteria, and usually not for a lot more money. Add these alpine
restaurants to your must ski and see list, enjoy some local Vermont cheddar
cheese, farm raised beef burgers, or homemade soup with a superb view. You can
always ski it off with a few after lunch runs, before
après ski gets
Epic at Okemo, Vermont Okemo knows snow, and cuisine... recognizing that sophisticated skiers
want to ski well and dine well.
Epic should be part of any epic ski day - ski to lunch here at the Solitude Base
Lodge. Enjoy Chef inspired Asian Noodle Hot Pots, Vermont raised pulled
pork or duck confit salad to name a few fine offerings, with sublime table
service and a view of the snowy slopes. Okemo's culinary department makes other
ski resorts pale in comparison. The Roundhouse at Jackson Gore resembles a high
end food court with Italian, Sushi, deli, a bar for après ski drinks and
Starbucks. The Coleman Brook at
Gore Inn is a beautiful full service Tavern, with sumptuous couches
and high back
chairs, where you can enjoy delicious Vermont farm-raised entrees
well-complemented with their
Wine Spectator Best of the Best list. For a cool culinary evening, ride in a
snow cat to Epic for dinner.
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 and certain special evenings when
Stowe runs the Gondola for The Chef Series
Summit Dining. The Austrian chalet
décor pairs nicely with the Vermont artisan dishes.At Spruce
Village, The Hourglass in the stylish Stowe Mountain Lodge gets honorable
mention for its Vermont Cheddar Burger.
Timbers at Sugarbush
This Round Barn Timbers restaurant at the newly redesigned Lincoln Peak Village is very
downhillers including suite ski in ski out lodging in the Clay Brook
In designed to look like a classic Vermont barn but posh inside. Vermont micro-brews and organic local
meats, cheese and produce are served
in creative fashion, the service is very good, and the views of
slopes are too. Or you can walk back to your room, the pool and hot tub staying
inside all the way.
The Bag at Sugarloaf, Maine
While the Bag is nothing fancy, their big juicy Bag Burgers are as legendary as
the Loaf itself. The atmosphere is casual, people come to this popular spot in
the Sugarloaf village in ski togs and hang out for a leisure lunch before
heading back out or stay for après ski. The thick creamy cheeseburger soup is also heart warming on those wicked cold Loaf
days. You have to say you’ve been in The Bag, like
Sugarloaf - it’s an
Sunday River's Foggy Goggle The Foggy Goggle is always entertaining for après ski where live bands
rock from 3 till late and folks dance in their ski boots with views of the night
skiing on Friday and Saturday night. But The Foggy Goggle is also a great spot
for lunch, get a table and friendly service overlooking South Ridge, enjoy
nachos, burgers, sandwiches, soups and ask about the daily special.
Sunday River has stepped their
game up in the food and beverage department, including offering
Chondola Dining at The Peak on certain Saturday nights - a very special
treat to ride the gondola to North Peak where you are greeted with champagne and
a candlelight lodge for a multi-course dinner. We have yet to dine at Camp at
Sunday River's Grand Summit Hotel, a rustic Maine setting serving home
cooking elevated, often with entertainment.
Cannonball Pub at Cannon
Mountain, New Hampshire
The Cannonball Pub has everything you want in a ski bar, a view of the slopes, a
great menu from chili, soups and nachos to burgers and pasta, a huge beer list,
ski memorabilia decor, a happy vibe and friendly table service. The Cannonball
Pub rocks on weekends for après ski with live music, and you never know when
Bode Miller might walk in.
Stratton's Grizzly Bar and Verde Stratton Mountain Resort has long been a
favorite of upscale skiers. Bogner dressed folks from the city love the
well-groomed slopes, the swift six pack lifts and the fine lodging and dining.
Verde in Stratton Village offers sophisticated table service most days for lunch
and dinner, just a few steps from the slopes in the pedestrian ski village. Or
for more causal fare with a front and center view of the slopes, The Grizzly is
a great bar with table service pub food, especially the food wired pizza, and friendly scene.
Schwendi Hutte at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
This rustic chalet at 4,000’ is a Waterville Valley lunch must. They serve beer
and wine, fresh soups like Lobster Bisque with sherry and cheese fondue. You
might think, just for a moment, that you are in St Moritz, not
Top of Quad, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
With a spectacular view of Mount Washington, Latitude 44 at the TOQ (top of
quad) at Bretton Woods’ Quad
offers the best view in the
Northeast with a side of basic soup and burgers - and of course wine, beer and a full
bar to toast your good fortune. Hopefully you are staying at the
Washington Resort Hotel too, which is also in plain view.
Mer et Monts at Le Massif, Quebec Le Massif in Quebec is renowned for its
sensational views of the St Lawrence Seaway from the ski slopes descending the
river banks. This unique ski resort has a spectacular summit lodge where you
start and end your ski day. Even the cafeteria food here is all homemade,
natural and native. But the sit down service and special menu at Mer et Monts
(which means Sea and Mountains- both in view) is elevated - linen table cloths
and the chef's selection of salmon gravlax, Lamb, Marlin and Muscovy Duck for
Le Brez at Mont Sainte Anne
Craving fondue between fast laps on Mont Sainte
Anne's signature base to summit Gondola? Le Brez has a whole menu of
unique cheese fondue concoctions at lunch time - made with your choice of wine,
beer, and local cheeses. Le Brez is located in Mont Sainte Anne's slope side
village near the base lodge. Le Brez is also open for fireside dinners or
fondue, brick oven fired pizza and more.