Lunch at Summit Chalet includes view of Minnesota's Lake Superior. (Lutsen Mountains)
Refueling at lunchtime is a long-standing tradition among skiers and riders. And doing so on the mountain – rather than in a crowded base lodge – suits those who don’t want to lose their edge while they pause to eat.
SnoCountry.com took a look around the country for some of the best lunch spots up on the hill, and here’s what we came up with:
At New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain, Camp III at the base of the North Peak Express serves up venison stew, bison burgers and other hearty mountain fare. Re-energized skiers and riders can hit the black runs above the former logging cabin.
Nearby at Waterville Valley, the famed Schwendi Hutte sits where three lifts converge at mid-mountain. Sofas spread in front of fireplaces, as do hot beverages, sticky buns and cheese fondue.
Lutsen Mountain's Summit Chalet atop Moose Mountain serves up protein-filled delights while skiers and riders check out Lake Superior and the surrounding Minnesota landscape.
The Summit atop Utah’s Snowbird affords huge views galore of the Wasatch Range from 11,000-foot elevation, while eating organic dishes merging the French rotisserie tradition with downhome BBQ. If you fill up too much, you can siddle over to the tram and get a ride down.
At Arapahoe Basin, the cooks at Black Mountain Lodge begin grilling the onions early, knowing that the main chairlift goes right overhead. Once taste buds are primed, there’s some of the best traditional mountain fare around to be had while checking out the Continental Divide and the Colorado 14,000-ers nearby.
Perched at 7,700 feet atop the main gondola, the Roundhouse built in 1939 brings all Sun Valley’s history to bear. There’s fondue, Idaho Ruby trout, elk chile and lamb schnitzel before heading up Bald Mountain to hit the chutes.
Locally sourced dishes abound at Jackson Hole’s Piste Mountain Bistro. Sitting at the top of the Bridger Gondola at 9,000 feet, the view of the valley rivals mountain-hearty sandwiches and homemade soups they serve.