While most of us visit ski resorts for the terrain and not the accouterments, it is always nice to stumble upon especially delicious food. Here is a list of ski towns that actually are blessed with amazing restaurants.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisu, has done it again. Bringing fresh Japanese ingredients to exotic locale, Matsuhisu is the chef’s answer for the high-grossing ski town. Thriving in places like Vail and Aspen, we can only assume that they will be popping up everywhere, in a very good way. Like the world-famous Nobu, Matisuhisa features simple and elegant Japanese fare in a sophisticated environment. You will spend a pretty penny but will get great quality in a very classy place.
Bearfoot Bistro–Whistler, B.C.
The Bearfoot Bistro is Whistler’s best of the best. Chef Melissa Craig offers a menu full of fresh seafood and game typical of British Columbia. In addition to the seasonal five-course menu (only $39 Sunday through Thursday), there is a separate five-course white truffle menu, as well as a full champagne bar!
Spoons Bistro–Victor, ID
Located in Victor, Idaho, Spoons Bistro has a simple and somewhat sparse menu of local Idaho food that is pub-style food with a sophisticated spin. Pub favorites like fish and chips (made with line-caught wild Alaskan cod) and the burger (made with Waygu beef) are just some of the features on the menu. A little out of the way, it is worth the drive from Jackson to Victor.
The Love Apple–Taos, NM
Nestled in Taos, New Mexico is the poetically named restaurant that delights tourists and locals alike with local food and organic ingredients. It is a boutique restaurant where the dishes are self-proclaimed to be, “affordable, unpretentious and inventive.” While it is a few miles away from the nearest ski town, it is unique and delicious food that will not disappoint.
Truffle Pig–Steamboat Springs, CO
The Truffle Pig is Steamboat’s answer to a fine dining restaurant. Located at the base of the resort and in the center of town, the Truffle Pig is a quintessential stop. The food is upscale American food such as Roast Chicken, Pork Ribs and a variety of flatbread. It is simple, solid and nothing can beat the mountain views.
Couloir–Jackson Hole, ID
Couloir is not only the best restaurant in Jackson Hole, it is the best restaurant located right at Jackson Hole. Located right on the mountain, Dinner guests enjoy a ride up the gondola with heated blankets to the restaurant. The classic American fare features Rocky Mountain ingredients and local purveyors. Men’s Health Magazine named Couloir the “manliest restaurant,” which could be because of the bold wood furniture, and cowhide covered bar stools, the array of Rocky Mountain game or the excellent wine list.