SnoCountry's Best Mountain Top Restaurants
Locally sourced ingredients and stunning views make for some of SnoCountry.com’s best mountain top dining destinations. Many offer unique modes of transportation to the restaurant, including sleigh or snowcat rides, making getting there part of the experience, and intimate gatherings that create the opportunity for guests to mingle with other diners and compare notes after a day on the slopes.
At Vermont’s Killington, take a 15-20 minute snowcat-drawn sleigh ride to the trailside location of the Ledgewood Yurt. Over candlelight, enjoy five indulgent courses featuring signature prime cuts, local ingredients and incredible accents. The Yurt features a social atmosphere with dining tables for groups of six or eight people. In addition to dinner excursions, select dates are available for Family Nights or ski-in, ski-out lunches.
Ride two gondolas to the top of Keystone’s North Peak in Colorado to Alpenglow Stube, where you’ll find the highest AAA Four-Diamond restaurant In North America at 11, 444 feet. Award-winning chefs create delicious contemporary cuisine with a Bavarian accent to complement this unique, secluded setting. Sunday’s Signature Champagne Brunch begins with complimentary mimosas.
On top of Michigan's Boyne Highland’s North Peak is Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner. The mountain top lodge is set aglow by candlelight and an acoustic guitarist in the background. A 15-minute sleigh ride takes you to the top of the peak. On clear nights you can see the lights of the Mackinac Bridge about 30 miles away. The day-lodge for skiers, with wall-to-wall windows and high pine ceilings, is transformed with white linen covered tables and a crackling fire to greet diners.
Seven Glaciers is Alyeska’s Four Diamond, fine dining restaurant located 2300 feet up Mt. Alyeska near Anchorage. It is only accessible via the Alyeska Tramway. There is no charge for the tram with dining reservations. Get up to the restaurant a little early and enjoy a drink in the full service bar. The view will inspire you, and staff can tell you stories of Alyeska and the beautiful Glacier Valley. Chefs craft the Seven Glaciers' menus with an emphasis on locally available produce, seafood and game. Leave room for dessert - the Baked Alyeska (of course) cannot be missed.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s Manzanita at Northstar California boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Sierra Nevada range. The menu features California cuisine, sourcing organic, sustainable and locally grown meat and produce when possible.
Photos: Find elegant dining in a traditional Mongolian yurt at Killington (Killington); Enjoy brunch and perhaps a mimosa at Keystone's Alpenglow Stube. (Keystone); Travel by sleigh to the Aonach Mor Dinner at Boyne Highlands. (Boyne Highlands); Try the Baked Alyeska at Seven Glaciers at Alyeska Resort in Alaska (Alyeska) Floor-to-ceiling windows in Manzanita overlook the Sierra Mountains. (Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe)