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Fueling up: Best Food Options Before, During and After a Day on the Slopes

Bite Sized Beer Pairing
Bite Sized Beer Pairing
Bite Sized Beer Pairing

Many skiers and riders try to resist the siren call of mountain cuisine as its aromas reach them in the chairlift line.

This season, Mount Snow has made that resistance futile with the debut of three restaurants in its brand new, $22 million Carinthia Base Lodge. With 42,000 square feet, there’s something for everyone. Indulge in the comfort and accessibility of these brand-new dining options; you’re on vacation, after all!

The High Timber Lodge is a great place to start your day. Boot up with a coffee and a bite in the morning, and as you change gears throughout the day, so does The High Timber Lodge. Rendezvous here for lunch, a cocktail or a hot cocoa and get right back out on the slopes.

If you’re part of a larger group, Carinthia’s made-to-order meal stations will fit the bill. Mike Giorgio, Mount Snow’s Director of Food and Beverage, is particularly excited to unveil the new Noodle Bar. Guests can make their bowls “as traditionalist or as creative as [they’d] like, with options like pork belly, tofu, soft boiled eggs, multiple styles of broth and noodles, along with tons of veggies to top it with.” He said, “it’s sure to become a go-to for locals and guests alike.”

For those looking to sit down and spend time with family and friends, the Iron Loft is a full service, upscale restaurant with an extensive wine and craft cocktail list. Leisure and comfort are top priorities as you enjoy a locally sourced meal. And yes, you can keep your ski/snowboard boots on.

After your last run, pop out of your bindings and walk right up to the window of Canned, Mount Snow’s premier après bar, to enjoy one of more than 30 Vermont craft beers and ciders. There’s no better way to end an epic day in the Green Mountains than to enjoy a local brew with a view in the outdoor biergarten.

Bolton Valley: The James Moore Tavern at Bolton Valley is a cozy pub with a great view, a warm fireplace, and live entertainment. The bar serves a variety of 18 beers on tap consisting of mostly local brews. Try one of the signature soups, in-demand VT local beef burger, or any of the ever-evolving specials. Stop into Fireside Flatbread for lunch after a morning of hard skiing and watch your specially-prepared pizza cooked inside the giant clay oven. Last minute supplies, cold beer and tasty sandwiches are just a few of the items available at The Deli.

Bromley Mountain: Bromley’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 Waffle Shack or juicy chicken fingers and pizza from the cafeteria, to sit-down, wait-staff served meals with choices like big local burgers, fresh salads and much more! Looking for more aprés entertainment? Check out our neighbors, Seesaw’s Lodge or The Lodge at Bromley, for great food, local drinks and live entertainment.

Burke Mountain: A variety of eating establishments await to satisfy that veracious appetite. From fresh eats in Willoughby’s restaurant, one of three establishments in the Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center providing an alternative to those seeking a menu that appeals to a more refined palette.  The View Pub holds true to its name and has a setting with some of the best views in Northern Vermont.  With 18 rotating craft brews on tap and a menu designed for all ages, the delicious pub fare doesn’t disappoint.  For early risers and those looking for quick grab and go, Edmunds Coffee Shop an assortment of coffees and breakfast items perfect for those trying to catch first tracks.  In the Sherburne Base Lodge skiers and riders will find the Kingdom Cafeteria and the Tamarack Bar and Grille, also great eateries for the Family who may be looking to stick to the lower mountain area. 

Jay Peak Resort: With seven restaurants all within a lift ride of one another, skiers and riders have no problem finding something tasty to fill their bellies. Some turf and a bit of surf can be found at Alice’s Table, choking hazard-sized burgers are at the Tower Bar, and new for this season, a south-of-the-border flair at the Clubhouse. Of course, there are the other four places to check out, but there just wasn’t enough space in this kit to drool over them.

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’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.

Mad River Glen: Great home-style food and the famous Mad River 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 in the hub of activity on the mountain. There is also the Basebox Lodge where skiers will find the legendary cafeteria long famous for amazing burgers; hand-made and always cooked to order. The cafeteria also serves up the usual favorites along with surprises like a salad bar and a yogurt bar in the mornings.

Magic Mountain: The Black Line Tavern at the top of the Magic base lodge is “where Magic happens” and is home to the liveliest après ski scene in the area; hosting live acoustic music until dinner time on Saturdays and holidays, followed by more live music at night featuring bands from across the country as part of the Black Line Music Series. The food is authentic hearty American, and the craft beer selection is extensive, including some of Vermont’s own breweries. The bar is centered on stunning views of the mountain slopes with kids’ snow-tubing and the terrain park all viewable from the bar and outdoor deck. Magic is also adding to the Sunshine Corner (about half way up the mountain) with a new serving shack open on many weekends with snacks and beverages—and beautiful views of southern Vermont. The Magic ski community is highly social and welcoming, so join us after a great day on the hill.

Mount Snow: While we’re big fans of hitting the slopes, we’re also proud of the après-ski reputation we’ve earned over the past few decades. This year, we’re building on this après heritage with the launch of two new bars and a new sit-down restaurant located in our new Carinthia Base Lodge. For generations, skiers and riders have dreamt of enjoying a tasty craft beer or cocktail after a day on the slopes with friends and family at Carinthia, and this year that dream finally comes true.

Okemo Mountain Resort: Okemo serves a veritable buffet of culinary options, from cafeterias to fine dining and everything in between - offering choices to suit every palate, lifestyle and budget. For full-service dining on the mountain try The Sitting Bull, Epic at Solitude, Coleman Brook Tavern or Siena. On the opposite end of the culinary spectrum, visit the Waffle Cabin, recognized by the Food Network as The Most Extreme Fast Food – you don’t even need to click out of your ski bindings at either of their two trailside locations at Okemo. More dining choices can be found in the village of Ludlow, located conveniently at the bottom of the mountain

Smugglers’ Notch Resort: 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.

Stratton Mountain Resort: Start your day at with a breakfast sandwich and locally-brewed coffee from the Stratton Mountain Deli. For those looking to grab a quick bite and hit the trails, head to Stratton BaseCamp or Mountain Smoke, both offering hearty trailside fare. For lunch and après, Grizzly’s is the place to be for live music; draft beer specials and wood-fired pizza are just a few of the offerings. Dinner options range from pizza at Village Pie to the artistry cuisine of Verde. Mulligan’s celebrates its 30th year of serving up food and drink favorites in a family-friendly atmosphere. Fire Tower Restaurant and Tavern in the Village, Table 43.1 at Black Bear Lodge and snowcat dinners to Mid-Mountain Lodge are also on the menu.

Sugarbush Resort: In celebration of Sugarbush’s 60th anniversary, Fiddlehead is brewing up a special beer just for Sugarbush. The resort also has several dining options on-hill for hungry skiers and riders. Rumble’s serves fresh American cuisine in an approachable fun atmosphere with local meats, cheeses, and produce. In addition to Rumble’s, Castlerock Pub, après hotspot Wünderbar, and classic ski bar Green Mountain Lounge, Sugarbush has 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.

Suicide Six Ski Area/Woodstock Inn: For après ski, Pearly’s Pourhouse at Suicide Six has local Vermont beer on tap, hearty winter-fare, farm to plate dishes, and a wood-burning fireplace. At the Woodstock Inn & Resort a choice of culinary options includes 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 heartwarming fondue made from nearby Billings Farm cheese.

Trapp Family Lodge: Farm-to-table isn’t a trend at Trapp Family Lodge – it’s a deeply rooted tradition and lifestyle. Since the von Trapp’s settled in Stowe, their dedication to the land and farming traditions goes hand-in-hand with their culinary team’s drive to offer the freshest and most authentic experience possible. Working directly with farmers and gardeners, the chef at Trapp Family Lodge honors the culinary style of Austria and plans menus utilizing the meats and vegetables that are grown on property.

New this year, Trapp Family Lodge introduces the Kaffeehaus. An bakery and delicatessen in the Austrian tradition, the Kaffeehaus is the stop for breakfast, coffee, lunch or your apres ski snack. Under the direction of Bavarian Baker Maurizio Odermatt, you’ll find authentic Austrian pastries, coffee and lunch items with a stunning view of Stowe.

No need to pack your snacks or lunches while here. Take the three mile journey to the Slayton Pasture Cabin for warm homemade soups and sandwiches before making your way back. Or for something a bit more hearty, start and finish your ski at the best trailhead in Vermont, the Bierhall, serving freshly brewed von Trapp lagers and Austrian lunch and dinner selections.

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