64 oz. Gnar Burger at Squaw (Rocker@Squaw/Facebook)
Few foods capture the spirit of skiing and snowboarding as much as the venerable hamburgers, and resorts town eateries tout all manner of this longtime mountain favorite.
SnoCountry.com went looking around the country for some of the most popular – and often unusual – versions of this hearty, protein-packed treat, and here’s what we found:
The Rocker@Squaw serves up the lengendary Gnar Burger for the Squaw Valley apres-ski scene -- a 64 oz. (yes, that’s four pounds!) monster combo of beef, pulled pork, pulled chicken coleslaw, onion rings and special sauce.
Skiers and riders can finish their day at Taos Ski Valley or Ski Santa Fe with the hearty grass-fed speciality at Five Star Burger in Taos or Santa Fe. All beef is natural hormone- and antibiotic-free from ethically treated Black Angus cattle.
Right at the base of Little Nell, Aspen’s longtime fav Ajax Tavern has, for years, served up the local favorite Ajax Double Cheeseburger with truffle fries or frites sprinkled with grano padano and parsley.
Finish off a day at Suicide Six or Killington by pulling into the Worthy Kitchen up Rte. 4 from downtown Woodstock, Vt. The Farm Diner Burger of Vermont-raised beef sits on homemade bun with lettuce, red onion, American cheese and special Bomb Sauce.
They say you’ll need a nap after eating the two-hand Everything Burger at Tom’s Loft Tavern by the main parking lots at Okemo. A modest patty is dwarfed by cheddar cheese, smoked brisket, smoked apple bacon, pulled pork, onion rings – and more cheese.
Just across the river from Loon Mountain, the Black Mountain Burger menu lists 13 burger offerings, either 12 or 16 oz. There’s everything from the basic to exotic, like Reuben Burger or Thai Chili Burger. If you’re brave, try the Smitty Burger with patty pressed between two(!) grilled cheese sandwiches.