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Dig In: Best Dining Options Before, During and After a Day on the Slopes

A fantastic meal with a killer view at Killington Resort's Peak Lodge. (Ski Vermont photo)

Fantastic food is as much a part of the Vermont ski experience as the legendary mountains and sublime snow. Whether it's a pre-ski day breakfast to fuel up, an on-mountain lunch to keep energy going or the perfect apres bites and brews, skiers and riders have a wealth of culinary options on the proverbial menu:

Killington Resort
Choose from trailside dining with chef-made specialties at the Ledgewood Yurt, farm-fresh mountaintop dining at Vermont’s highest elevation restaurant, Killington Resort's Peak Lodge, the region’s premier steakhouse and nightclub, The Wobbly Barn, and Preston’s, featuring a locally sourced menu in the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. These are just a few of the places to satisfy appetites at The Beast of the East.

Sugarbush Resort
Vermont brewery favorite, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, has made a special beer just for Sugarbush Resort this season: Mascara Mountain Brut IPA, available only on resort. Sugarbush also continues to offer a diverse array of culinary options at its variety of restaurants: Rumble’s serves fresh American cuisine in an approachable fun atmosphere with local meats, cheeses, and produce; Castlerock Pub; après hotspot Wünderbar; and classic ski bar Green Mountain Lounge. Sugarbush has also partnered with a few local restaurants to offer an even wider variety of options. Skinny Pancake serves up local crepes--both sweet and savory--out of The Farmhouse at Lincoln Peak. Fit to be Thai’d offers authentic Thai food from the Sugarbush Inn, both dine-in and to go. The Waffle Cabin at Lincoln Peak creates homemade waffles with custom toppings. Nomad Coffee serves up specialty coffee cuisine and baked goods. Sugarbush also offers Allyn’s Lodge Fireside Dining, complete with a candlelit dinner at the top of Gadd Peak accessed via cabin cat. After dinner, guests can enjoy a moonlit ski down to Rumble’s Kitchen for dessert.

Smugglers’ Notch
Smugglers’ Notch Resort offers a range of dining choices in the Resort Village and at the Base Lodge on Madonna Mountain. Fine dining at The Hearth & Candle showcases local products in an innovative seasonal menu. The Hearth caters a popular weekly snowshoe dinner, offering delicious entrées served by candlelight in the warming cabin on Sterling summit. The Mountain Grille incorporates Vermont specialty foods into its menu and highlights the breweries and wineries with samplers of three specialties. Quick meal options include the Base Lodge cafeteria or a deli and pizzeria in the Resort Village, and ice cream lovers find plenty to love at Smugglers’ Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop. The Resort’s newest eatery is the ReFuel Café, offering a full menu from pizza to sandwiches as well as beer and wine for the adults. Smugglers’ will offer a compostable straw upon diners’ requests.

Benedicts, the newest option in Village dining at Stratton Mountain Resort, serves traditional breakfast fare as well as creative choices like souffle pancakes and smoked salmon deviled eggs.  Stratton BaseCamp,  a reimagined shipping container next to the gondola, is the perfect spot for a bite on the run. Base Lodge Market goes beyond the traditional fingers and fries with hand-carved sandwiches, Asian-inspired noodle bowls and made-to-order salads crafted with locally sourced ingredients as part of the Vermont Fresh Network.  Along with live apres music, Grizzly’s serves a rotating selection of Vermont craft beers and ciders and hearty favorites including a heaping platter of nachos. For any time of day or night, restaurants range from family friendly to fine dining, all just steps from the slopes and lodging.

Stowe Mountain Resort
Distinctively situated atop the Mansfield Gondola on the shoulder of Mount Mansfield, the Cliff House at Stowe Mountain Resort brings fine dining to new heights. The rustic interior pays homage to the Austrian roots of our chalet with spectacular panoramic-view seating and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the surrounding alpine peaks. Featuring an open kitchen, Cliff House serves regional American cuisine with a rustic Vermont flair using the freshest seasonal, farm-to-table and artisan ingredients. The Cliff House is open for lunch 7-days a week, weather permitting.

Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow Resort has a wide variety of dining and après options, ranging from Harriman’s Farm to Table in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel to unbeatable pizza at Snow Barn, and everything in between. Head up to the summit for lunch at The Bullwheel with an incredible selection of craft beers and ciders along with gourmet sandwiches and appetizers. Over in Carinthia, Iron Loft invites you in with gorgeous decor while still maintaining a relaxed, ski vibe. In Iron Loft, you’ll find a mix of locally-sourced and carefully crafted meals as you enjoy a stellar view of Carinthia’s halfpipe and lower mountain features. In the Main Base Lodge, Cuzzins Bar and Grill provides a legendary après scene, with Bruce Jacques taking the stage every weekend, and even tired ski legs won’t be able to resist dancing along. The vibe is complete with a great selection of microbrews, friendly bartenders, and a tasty full-service menu. At the Station Tap Room, you’ll find an even bigger selection of craft beer and ciders, along with live music during weekends in the winter.

Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo Mountain Resort serves up a veritable buffet of culinary options: cafeterias to fine dining and everything in between - offering choices to suit every palate, lifestyle and budget. For full-service dining on the mountain there’s The Sitting Bull, Epic at Solitude, Coleman Brook Tavern or The Tap House. On the opposite end of the culinary spectrum, there’s the Waffle Cabin, recognized by the Food Network as The Most Extreme Fast Food – you don’t even need to click out of your bindings at either of their two trailside locations at Okemo. New culinary concepts this winter include a “food truck experience” along with healthy, alternative and delicious grab-and-go menu options in the upper level of the Summit Lodge. Downstairs, Carolina-style barbecue with a Vermont twist is available in the new dining area. The downstairs bar features a curated beer program that offers a revolving selection of craft and boutique brews. And signature craft cocktails are made with house-made syrups and other specialty ingredients. At Okemo’s mid-mountain Sugar House Lodge, the lower level is now a kid-friendly experience with an area for kicking back with friends. An elevated kid-food menu will feature favorites with flair.

Magic Mountain
Magic Mountain’s renovation of its Base Café last winter created a new, positive atmosphere on the first floor of the lodge for new customers visiting Magic with “grab ‘n go” options for those wanting to get back outside skiing without a lot of wait and very affordable. The Black Line Tavern at the top of the lodge continues to be the center of one of the best apres ski scenes in the northeast with great music and food. There’s new table menu service around the Tavern area high tops for lunch, apres and dinner, as well as quicker Base Camp window service options nearby for those wanting to get back on the slopes. With live acoustic music for apres and live bands most Saturday Nights during the ski season, the Black Line Tavern offers a warm, friendly and festive atmosphere to celebrate winter.

Bolton Valley Resort
The James Moore Tavern at Bolton Valley Resort is the quintessential cozy mountain pub, complete with crackling wood fireplace, giant stone hearth, and front row views of the slopes just outside the big picture windows.  With the night skiing lights on and lifts turning until 10pm, the views from the JMT never disappoint.  The giant 2nd-story deck is always popular on sunny days as well with its sky box views of the slopes and the terrain park just up the hill.  With live music every weekend at the tavern, a full array of Vermont craft beers on tap, and a locally sourced gastro pub menu seal the deal to make the James Moore Tavern one of the best apres ski scenes this side of the Mississippi.

Just next door to the tavern is Fireside Flatbread serving up perfect thin crust pizzas from a giant wood-fired clay oven.  With local craft brews and hard apple ciders on tap, this tasty pizza joint is an easy favorite for the whole family.  Rounding out the options at the resort is the Bolton Valley Deli where you can pick up a tasty pressed sandwich, hot espresso drinks, coffee, or any last-minute supplies, beer or wine to bring back to your hotel room or slopeside condo.

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Bromley Mountain
Bromley Mountain’s four base lodge eateries are proud to partner with local Vermont producers to provide guests with a little taste of Vermont. We offer a variety of options, from quick bites like mini Belgian waffles from The Shack or juicy chicken fingers and pizza from the Marketplace cafeteria, to sit-down, wait-staff served meals with choices like big local burgers, fresh salads and much more in our Wild Boar Tavern! Looking for more aprés entertainment? Check out our events calendar to add a little something extra to your Bromley day.

Suicide Six Ski Area
From an appealing lunch, to the wind-down of après ski, Perley’s Pourhouse at Suicide Six has local Vermont beers on tap, hearty winter-fare, farm to plate dishes, and a wood-burning fireplace. Our inviting lodge serves up classics that are sure to hit the spot for breakfast and lunch. The Woodstock Inn & Resort offers a choice of culinary options including the Red Rooster, a fine dining restaurant that emphasizes fresh, local ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in New England, and the comfortable Richardson’s Tavern, known for its decadent fondue made from hyper-local Billings Farm cheese.

Jay Peak Resort
Two things you’ll need before trying to conquer Jay Peak Resort’s latest culinary colossus: a knowledge of Tarantino movies and the ability to drop at least five pounds before your next visit to Jay Peak. Swing by Howie’s in the resort’s Stateside base area to ponder the Double Royale, and you’ll understand what the hell the previous sentence meant.

Pico Mountain
Locals call Last Run Lodge their après bar at Pico. This authentic ski lodge pub, located on the top level of Pico Lodge, features a cozy fireplace and wood-timbered ceilings. Skiers and riders enjoy eats ranging from burgers and beer to signature paninis. And if you’re like us, may we suggest having dessert first at the Waffle Cabin!

Mad River Glen
Great home-style food and the famous Mad River Glen conviviality are among the hallmarks of the Mad River Glen ski experience. General Stark’s Pub, ranked as one of the top 5 après ski bars in the world is the hub of activity on the mountain. There is also the Basebox Lodge where skiers will find the legendary cafeteria, famous for amazing burgers that are hand-made with local beef and always cooked to order. For mid-mountain eats check out the Birdcage, this oasis offers a bit more of a tranquil experience than the hustle and bustle of the Basebox. Daily specials include the “Birdcage Cruncher” which is a grilled cheese sandwich with crispy cheese on the exterior and melted gooey cheese between the bread – a homerun for skier fuel!

Middlebury Snow Bowl
Middlebury Vermont, just 12 miles from the Snow Bowl, is chock full of Eateries, Breweries, Distilleries, and Cideries.  Top off a great day on the Mountain with a trip to any of the local joints.

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