If your ideal trip to the slopes involves carving powder by day and bison steaks (or beef tenderloin, or lamb chops, or…) by night, then put your board down for a sec and take note of these eight new restos opening this season at (and around) North America's top ski resorts.
Bob’s Clam Hut
Where: Sugarloaf, ME
Specializes in: Traditional Maine seafood
Why you'll want to go: Because nothing says après like fried clams, fish chowder, and a lobster stew (right? right?!), this half-a-century-old legend in Kittery is opening a second outpost at Sugarloaf's base lodge on December 20th.
Where: Vail, CO
Specializes in: Mexican food with a twist of El Salvador; tequila
Why you’ll want to go: El Sabor’s location (across from the gondola at Lionshead) is killer, and the bar stocks close to 50 tequilas, which should warm the cockles enough for another run. Dig into the Mahi Mahi fish tacos, Miguel’s chicken enchiladas, or the Kitchen Sink Burrito, which receives the designation “Gringo Option” and is packed with camitas, asadero cheese, and Spanish special sauce.
Where: Mammoth, CA
Specializes in: Elk and venison; hot alcoholic beverages
Why you’ll want to go: Located in Tamarack Lodge a short distance from the slopes, the recently revamped Lakefront boasts a new chef and menu that've been receiving rave reviews. Elk steaks and deer meat tenderloins sound good? Washed down with homemade cider or hot mulled wine? Yes? Good. You're in the right place.
Sixth Alley Bar
Where: Keystone, CO
Specializes in: Traditional bar food; beer and specialty cocktails
Why you’ll want to go: Arapahoe Basin tossed a million bucks into the remodel of its base lodge and the Sixth Alley Bar within, and hopes to turn up the party quotient this season. Famous for its Bacon Bloody Mary, SAB also slings tasty pub fare and runs wacky specials like $1.50 Friday tacos, a Saturday raw bar, and $3.50 wine Wednesdays that include complementary artichoke dip when you buy a bottle of vino (‘cause the two just go hand in hand, right?).
The Grill & Vine
Where: Whistler, BC
Specializes in: Artisan pizza and breads, grilled local meats; cheese and wine
Why you’ll want to go: Nestled in The Westin Resort & Spa at the base of Whistler, the rustic, wood-heavy Grill & Vine offers a sophisticated escape from the slope-side masses, serving wild boar lasagna, Lake Louis Steelhead, and cheese flights paired with any of the restaurant’s 16 high-end wines.
Where: Beaver Creek, CO
Specializes in: European-inspired cuisine
Why you’ll want to go: Talons is as true a slope-side restaurant as you'll encounter, well, on the slopes; it's actually at the intersection of Larkspur Bowl with Grouse Mountain and Birds of Prey trails. Replacing the wildly popular Red Tail Camp, the huge new spot's more than double the size (17,000sqft) and boasts 500 seats inside and 250 out. Sink your talons into lamb burgers, artisan pizzas, and shaved smoked pork loin w/ 'kraut and baked apples.
Where: Snowbird, UT
Specializes in: Gourmet lunch buffet; wines and liquors
Why you’ll want to go: Open to the public for the first time this season (December 20th), this formerly members-only upscale spot sits in a primo location at Snowbird Center, one level down from where the tram loads. You'll need more than a handful of crumpled Wet Ones from your parka, as the lunch buffet will cost you $30, but rocks everything from roast beef tenderloin w/ Bernaise sauce and Miso glazed salmon, to baby lamb chops.
Four Points Lodge
Where: Steamboat, CO
Specializes in: Northern Italian cuisine
Why you’ll want to go: Slated to open this season, the $5 million brand-spanking-new Four Points Lodge offers high-altitude dining -- 9,700ft up the mountain. The 30-seat bar overlooks the slopes, and lunch fare ranges from grilled cedar plank salmon to bison burgers. At night, the lodge goes upscale as guests arrive in a climate-controlled Snowcat and enjoy a five-course, family-style repast complete w/ gnocchi Napoleon and braised lamb shank.
1. The Lakefront163 Twin Lakes Rd, Mammoth Lakes
2. Grill & Vine Whistler4090 Whistler Way, Whistler
3. Four Points Lodge2305 Mt Werner Cir, Steamboat Springs
4. Bob's Clam Hut315 U.S. 1, Kittery
5. Talons2 Centennial Run, Avon
6. Sixth Alley Bar & Grill28194 U.S. 6, Keystone
7. El SaborLion Square Lodge, Вейл
8. Seven Summits LodgeSnowbird Center, Level 2, Salt Lake City
Tamarack Lodge's Lakefront restaurant features a main dining area with ten tables, as well as picturesque views of the Twin Lakes nearby. Have a cup of the cider, made in-house, or other seasonal beverages such as hot mulled wine.
This modern spin on the classic grill features a menu of gourmet dishes ranging from artisanal pizza to Wild Boar lasagna. Grill & Vine prides itself on using local ingredients, and offers an exclusively farm-to-table "Simply Grilled" selection of menu items.
This multi-million-dollar lodge features a 180-seat dining area and a 30-seat bar, as well as an outdoor deck and BBQ grill. There are indoor and outdoor fireplaces here too, so you'll never be too cold despite the snow all around you.
Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine has been around for 60 years and serves one of the best lobster rolls on New England. They can be ordered hot (with butter) or cold (with mayo) on grilled bread, and the best part is that Bob never drowns the rolls in mayo in order to preserve all that fresh lobster taste. Order at the window and take your fried clams and rolls to the blue picnic tables outside.
This resto plates a combination of European and New American cuisine, and has played host to the World Cup Ski Races since 1997. It's only open in the winter, though, so factor that into your trip plans.
What was once just an apres ski bar has been renovated to incorporate a full restaurant on the premises. Try one of the specialty cocktails, like the Bacon Bloody Mary.
This Vail resto plates authentic Mexican grub alongside an extensive drinks menu. Try one of the 30+ tequilas on offer, either as a margarita, poloma, or three-shot sampler.