Favorite Ski Area Food?
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JohnL
January 25, 2008
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Let's take a twist on the Whitetail food thread. What ski areas have great food or a great deal for the price?

Some notables for me:

Killer burrito bar at Last Chance on-mountain restaurant (at the base near the village) at Solitude, Utah. Something like 8 bucks? for a well-stuffed burrito with IIRC chips and salsa on the side. After that lunch, uphill climbs are much slower, but downhill has some added help!

As Roger Z. mentioned, anything at Deer Valley. More expensive than most, but the food is worthy of a restaurant. Where else do you eat on real china and silverware?

Snowbasin, that's where. Actually out Deer Valleys Deer Valley. Earl's lodge at the base or the restaurant at the top of the main gondi. Views at the top restaurant are killer.

Sun Lodge at The Canyons has some pretty good food with a carvery section.

I've had some good meals at the restaurant at Whitetail (mostly burgers IIRC), but the wait can be a bit long.

I'll fess up to having a liquid lunch or two of Pennsylvania's finest at the Goggy Foggle at Seven Springs. With a chaser of some bar food.

Back in my younger days, a Power Bar/Cliff Bar on the lift on a powder day. Can't ski six hours straight anymore.

But nothing beats a tailgate lunch in the parking lot with your ski buds. Wolf Creek is reputed to be conducive to that. A-Basin in the Spring is on my bucket list. Bucket list, perhaps a good idea for another thread?
MadMonk
January 25, 2008
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I never really eat that much while skiing (more thirsty than hungry). I will say that the buffalo burger at the No Name Salloon in Park City is pretty darned good.
Crush
January 25, 2008
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hmm ok well

@ The Steak Pit, Snowbird UT. i like steak, i like salad, i like bread. you can have as much salad and bread there, and the steaks are very good, with wine yes wine and steak when i am tired from skiing.

@ Deer Valley clearly. ind the fireside dinner is sooo cool. i love raclette, i love rosti, i love wine, and cheese and lamb and more wine.

@ Lookout Peak, The Canyons . yesssss yummy good and what a view! butternut squash soup and pastas and panini and wine, of course wine and moist saucy chicken and tomato bisque and wine.

@ 7-Springs bit-o-the-burgh. the chili is very good, and wine, yes chili and red wine and some more wine.

@ Snowbasin, the apre-ski thing they have yummy goodies and of course wine.

... or look a burger and shots, jack daniels shots at the liberty tavern (whatever it's called now). shots in a tennessee mud and then another one, sitting at the bar.
wgo
January 25, 2008
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The french onion soup at Les Contamines in Haute-Savoie, France. Well I guess it would just be called onion soup there.

Man I miss my grad school days.
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JohnL
January 25, 2008
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 Quote:
The french onion soup at Les Contamines in Haute-Savoie, France. Well I guess it would just be called onion soup there.


I officially hate you.

IIRC, CERN?

Denis mentioned it in another thread, but I'd have to add Whitegrass cafe to my list.
Clay
January 25, 2008
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I have never met WGO, but I officially hate him too! \:D

We have to plan a DCSki trip to France.....
wgo
January 25, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: Clay
I have never met WGO, but I officially hate him too! \:D


Aw, c'mon guys - what with work and family obligations nowadays I am lucky to get 8-10 days a season. And those are all local! Let me at least have my memories! \:\)

JohnL, yeah, I was lucky enough to be at CERN from 1994 thru 1998 as a grad student. Good times!
crunchy
January 25, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: JohnL

Denis mentioned it in another thread, but I'd have to add Whitegrass cafe to my list.


without a doubt! Since I consider myself a prolific eater of whitegrass food, i can say the soups and stuff they have for lunch are great..... but the dinners are beyond a shadow of a doubt hands down the best you will get in the entire area. 4-star food all the way!! they only do dinners thur, fri, sat, with 6pm and 8pm seatings, so you should call ahead for a spot. you will be glad you did i promise.
fishnski
January 25, 2008
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If I Ran MPC.....I'd Serve The Best stewed Flying Squirrel at the top of the summit restaurant & Some Hot, sweet & Spicy Salamander Jerky to enjoy on your 5 minute 2000' vert ascent up to MPC To help you ski your "wish I was Out west Blues Away!...I would have those DC style Hot Dog stands up & down the mountain...& I would Bring up Fresh NC Shrimp & Crabs & Fish & show you all how we do it South Of the Mason/Dixon...We would Serve Freedom Soup At my Camp...Nothing with a Name Like..Chardon de la perriminyon de la vu..Or something to that effect....Biscuits & Gravy...Home fries & Deer Sausage, & Some more Sh..T!.....Id Get a Bull on the Beach(Ocean City,MD) type of Sanwich going on...Flounder Baskets..Ain't no French toast at my Camp//Pancakes--The Size of Frysbees...I Could go on Forever!....There would be The Stars & Stripes & Below that the WV State Flag & Below that the Flag of Dixie & below that the Redskin & Mountaineers Banner Flag Flying Proud From atop the Frosty & B-U-Ti-Ful Summit of Mount Porte Crayon,West Virginia!
MangyMarmot
January 25, 2008
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I have to vote for Goulash with polenta washed down with Chianti on the Alpe di Siusi slopes with a view of Punta d'Oro...

Or a fabulous antipasto platter at the shack on the trail by Col Raiser.

Italy does slope food better than I could imagine. Plus (back when the dollar and euro were closer), the prices were a tad lower than you'd pay for flaccid fries and a chewy burger at Snowshoe or at Breck.

MM
jimmy
January 25, 2008
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BWWWWWAHAHAHAHAHAH MANgy marmot u must've missed andy's post whilst u wer replying to mr chruncys post

Freedom soup


aint no french toast at my camp

man ur on a roll mrfishnski,

homefryies and deer sausage LETS GO


MOUNTAINEERS

is beer a food?


i'll have summa wut ur having
fishnski
January 25, 2008
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Its the Impress everybody with the fancy worded Stuff game... Gag me with a Chopstick! MMMMMMMM Mangy Marmot sounds like a good WV Dish.....By the Way, When I Was in Italy I thought the Spagetti Sucked! American Version is much better...The Greeks Could Do A good Seafood Dish Though...Fish-n-Chips in England were the Bomb! Ground nut stew & Fu Fu in Ghana West Africa..Balut & Pansit in the Philipines Curry beyond the pale in Guyana South America...Been Up to the Rain forest areas & ate all Kinds of strange stuff..Pirana for one. Acually had Some Tagine up in the Morrocan Atlas MTNS While Skiing..Good Stuff.. Anyway, Been there & Done that & hungered for a good Ole Burger & Fries From the Good Ole US Of A the whole time...& A chocolate Shake!!!.....The List of Countries go on But We were Talkin Just Plain Ole SKI FOOD Wern't We??
MangyMarmot
January 25, 2008
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Wow,

I kinda liked that meal in Italy.

Sorry to offend the patriots.

Overall, I haven't found such great food at that many ski places here in the US. Though, the beer is generally pretty good.

mm

PS I am not willing to be served up on a plate in your greasy spoon diner fishnski, sorry.
Scott - DCSki Editor
January 25, 2008
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Vail used to offer a dinner buffet at the top of the mountain (you'd take the gondola up in the evening to Adventure Ridge), and it was one of the best deals I've seen at a ski resort. And we're talking Vail, here! They had a wide selection of great food, live music, and a very reasonable price. I think it was around $15 per person. I'm not sure exactly when they stopped offering it, but it's no longer there. It was probably the best bargain in town, and not many people knew about it.
tromano
January 25, 2008
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To be sure, after 5 hours of skiing if its warm and cooked with salt or hot sauce on it, its the best I've eaten. ;\)
fishnski
January 26, 2008
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Yeh, I'm Red White & Blue For Sure...But I Tossed & Turned Last Nite For Ruining Every bodys "Exotic" Euro Love fest...I Take Blame for this thread Coming to a halt...I was BuzzednSki last nite!..The french Have rubbed me raw ever since I was a little kid visiting my relatives in England who disliked the french imensly...then I started to read history & then Experienced the french actions in modern times & judged them to be...lets not go there!..I Do like their new leader But Sarkozy doesn't sound too french if you ask me!A blessing to the west!.......One thing I have to ask you lovers of french Cuisine...What is thier Fancy name for Slimy Snails???!!
Crush
January 26, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: MangyMarmot
I have to vote for Goulash with polenta washed down with Chianti on the Alpe di Siusi slopes with a view of Punta d'Oro...

Or a fabulous antipasto platter at the shack on the trail by Col Raiser.

Italy does slope food better than I could imagine. Plus (back when the dollar and euro were closer), the prices were a tad lower than you'd pay for flaccid fries and a chewy burger at Snowshoe or at Breck.

MM


... errr eh? mikey-D's has the best fries. they cost $1 from the dollar menu. you will find a mc-D near every ski slope here. italy is full of dummies that don't do very much and seem very loud. at least the Portuguese have contributed with Lua - but i dont expect anyone to even understand that. and screw all the rest i love a $1 double-cheeseburger which busts all euro-trash bs food. ok i will always remember when i was a kid in the alps in switzerland - i ordered a "pizza" and i got a monstrosity piece of crap ... i was only 7 years old and i cried because it was garbage. give me a nice pie from Davanza's in Park City or the Side Car. Any time!
bousquet19 - DCSki Supporter
January 26, 2008
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Great thread! Thanks for the endorsement of WG Cafe, Crunchy. Hope to make my first visit this coming weekend.

I've always enjoyed meals at The Edge at Wintergreen. Good food, menu changes every few months, nice place to eat with family and enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains.

And: The BLUE RIDGE PIG IN NELLYSFORD! Daggum, incredible barbecue sandwiches. Skip the ribs but buy the sandwich platter so you don't miss the great beans and potato salad ... not yer ordinary barbecue.

Keep this thread rolling with suggestions, esp. from the mid-A ski areas ...

Woody
Stumpy
January 27, 2008
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Margaret Ann's Pheasant Ravioli and the Cottage Cheese Soup at the now demised Red Fox at Snowshoe.
bawalker
January 27, 2008
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One has to add in Burger King right off of 219 at Wisp. Still a hair more expensive than other burger kings in the city, but beats the prices for food at the lodge when running on $10 left and you have a big appetite to get some energy back.
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
January 27, 2008
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Crush,
Gotta agree with you about The Steak Pit at Snowbird, UT, and the basic (if that even applies to Deer Valley) cafeterias at Deer Valley where you pay more but get real food,(no, make that unreal ski country food like carved roast beef), real silverware, real tables and chairs, etc.
By the way, the burgers at Watson's in Alta are also great.
The Colonel \:\)
fishnski
January 27, 2008
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With a name like Bousquet, I thought you were going to tear me a new Rear end because of the french comments....Living & learning to ski in Morrocco Which Has a Heavy French Influence I Enjoyed Many French Cheeses & Cuisine..A fresh Croisant With tea After a few runs in the Morn were some of my earliest Memories....I Had to Gag that Down to keep the Peace!
Crush
January 27, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: bawalker
One has to add in Burger King right off of 219 at Wisp. Still a hair more expensive than other burger kings in the city, but beats the prices for food at the lodge when running on $10 left and you have a big appetite to get some energy back.


- cool! like i am the biggest commy-pinko-poet-alcoholic-druggie_code monkey but in this respect i'll get on my soap box and sing "i'm proud to be an american, and eat american food ..." yeah like sorry you can fly to japan and have a $250 burger made with kobi beef with extra black caviar on it or snag a burger king whopper with onions and extra cheese + extra pickles and it kicks that crap's a$$.

Colonel - yo cool we are on the same taste-ride. hope u are having fun hitting it out there - dayum wish I was back doin' that

BTW - u guys really should hook up with Bushwacky when you are out there - he's a great guy to ski with and i like his "let's do it " attitude.
MangyMarmot
January 28, 2008
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So, I had the "beef tenderloin" dinner at Blue Knob in the bar there. Filling... not the best, but better than the burger I had in the sandwich/cafeteria line last time.

Gen'lly I want something with potatoes/pasta, some kinda meat and a beer (wine in a pinch).

And damn you all... I still vote for that goulash and polenta. In a total of 6 weeks in Italy, we had mebbe 1 bad meal. Even the McDonalds over there was REALLY Good. I frigging hate it when i hit a BAD mcdonalds. There should be summary execution of managers of bad mcdonalds. That's the whole point of Micky d's.

mm
oldensign - DCSki Columnist
January 28, 2008
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Just had a "walking taco" at Raging Buffalo. A bag of Fritos with chili poured in. I think it is called Frito pie in Texas.
Crush
January 29, 2008
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... ok ... but .. in france the mc-d's have wine!!!
MangyMarmot
January 29, 2008
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I got hammered on bad beer at a McDonalds in Spain once.
They served total rotgut, but I just wanted to do it so I could say I had.
This was in the '80s... so maybe they serve better beer now.
That would be awesome if the McD's had a wine list and pairings for say the Filet o'Carp or the Hamburger Royale (ithink that's what the frogs call a QP)
I guess one of my gripes about ski food is that it's often as expensive as a pretty good meal at a restaurant around DC... yet often is total crap. If it's cheap, I don't expect much other than a full belly.

What grub do ya'll take on the mountain? I often have a bag of choc-covered peanuts. Usually take an apple (though sometimes it's apple-sauce post wipeout)
mm
SCWVA
January 29, 2008
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Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich at MRG. It was only a $1.
MangyMarmot
January 29, 2008
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Good idea. I like to toast the bread first... so it doesn't get all soggy.
Never had a frozen pb&j. i bet they're awesome.
JohnL
January 29, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: bousquet19
Great thread! Thanks for the endorsement of WG Cafe, Crunchy. Hope to make my first visit this coming weekend.

I've always enjoyed meals at The Edge at Wintergreen. Good food, menu changes every few months, nice place to eat with family and enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains.

And: The BLUE RIDGE PIG IN NELLYSFORD! Daggum, incredible barbecue sandwiches. Skip the ribs but buy the sandwich platter so you don't miss the great beans and potato salad ... not yer ordinary barbecue.

Keep this thread rolling with suggestions, esp. from the mid-A ski areas ...

Woody


Timbers Pubs (upstairs part of the base) at Timberline has some good all you can eat rack of ribs. Though maybe not as good as the Blue Ridge pig.

Should also include a link to the Snowshoe eats discussion thread. Snowshoe Eats
fishnski
January 29, 2008
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Either Home made or Store bought Beef Jerky. I Prefer the sweeter kinds....I Make a Bluefish Jerky (My recipe)That is not High blood pressure friendly But Sure makes a beer(off the lift) taste good!..The best Bang for your Buck is the 2 bags of peanuts for $1 that you can get at any Gas station on the way to the slopes..Any flavor will do but the HotnSpicy would require some sort of liquid nearby. Trail mix of course & for the last 3 runs of the day...pull out the best buy in candy world..A Snickers bar...The rush of energy & great last runs will leave you wishing for more!
MangyMarmot
January 29, 2008
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yeh. snickers rock. in fact, in Russia, they use the term snickers for EVERY candy bar. Or, at least they did back when i was there, 1992. They loved those things.
They couldn't care less about cigarettes and jeans we took over, but damn, you could've had the country for a couple snickers bars.
skier219
January 29, 2008
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Wow, bluefish jerky -- I would like to try that sometime! I caught a couple blues last summer.
jimmy
January 31, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: MangyMarmot

What grub do ya'll take on the mountain? I often have a bag of choc-covered peanuts. Usually take an apple (though sometimes it's apple-sauce post wipeout)
mm




Bag of almonds and shocolate chips and a clif bar.... works real good when one feels the need to skip lunch.
kwillg6
January 31, 2008
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I gave up eatin and ridin awhile back. too hard to keep from dropin stuff with gloves on. I will drink bottled H2O though.
pagamony - DCSki Supporter
January 31, 2008
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PBJ all the way. come on, is there anything else ? well, yeah, there is oatmeal cookies !

The GREEN CHILE at A-Basin fairly rocks as well, but is difficult to take on the lift

( Scott - I need a PBJ posting icon. )

fishnski
January 31, 2008
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PBHBB...Peanut butter & Honey with Banana & Bacon Strips!!!...

219, I got turned on to Salmon & Elk Jerky While living in Washington State a Few too many Moons ago & I Loved the stuff!..Came back east & tried it out on Blufish & Venisen..It Worked Great! Bluefish..say 10 to 18 inches Are Excellent Eating when Fresh, No matter how they are cooked..Once you put them in the freezer they turn into Catfood. Its the Oils that break down & ruin the meat but those same oils make for a great Smoked product! ...I'm going to try to bum a few trout off of David & try Smoking them up...Betcha they are good!
David
January 31, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: fishnski
I'm going to try to bum a few trout off of David & try Smoking them up...Betcha they are good!


I've got plenty in the freezer or maybe me and Crunchy could get you out catching some this spring....
fishnski
January 31, 2008
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I'll be up in the spring to plant some White Birches..I'd love to try trout Fishing..Never Been! ....You Know..I was thinking..You may be Much cooler online, But you can't put much in your cooler if your online!..Ha Ha Ha..I Crack myself up...
skier219
January 31, 2008
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I think PBJ (and derivatives) is very underrated. In fact, I often forget about that option myself. But it gets the job done, is compact, and can take some smashing.

Andy, I ate a lot of blues growing up. My dad caught big ones offshore, and my brother and I would chase after the little snappers in tidal creeks. Those snappers are good eating. The ones I have caught surf-fishing in the OBX are generally 16-20" or so, big enough to put on a *good* fight. They are very good fresh. I am glad you told me about the freezing problem -- I will avoid doing that for sure. In the past, I have caught, filleted, and eaten them in a matter of 2-3 hours!
fishnski
February 1, 2008
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Fishing is so much more fun of a hobby when you can filet,Cook & Eat your catch..Ain't it Skier? Blues get such a bad rap because of the fact that most folks don't eat em fresh. One fish that I love to catch is the Black Sea bass..They are one of the only fish that I have found to taste better after a little freeze up.....

Do you all prefer Crunchy Or Creamy Peanut butter? ..I'm a Crunchy Lover...Thats Peanut Butter Crunchy!
David
February 1, 2008
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 Originally Posted By: fishnski
I'm a Crunchy Lover...!


Woah Fish. I didn't know that about you....
JimK - DCSki Columnist
February 1, 2008
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When this topic comes up I always have to put a plug in for the Bavarian Chef near Madison VA. Not exactly at a ski area, but right on 29 and convenient for those who use that route to return home from Massanutten or Wintergreen. The German fare will make you feel like you just skied the Alps, not the Blue Ridge. I once shook the chef/owner's hand and told him, "you make the best food I have EVER eaten."
http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/VA-news/VA-Pilot/issues/1997/vp970511/05130526.htm (Didn't know they opened a satellite restaurant near the mouth of the Rappahannock.)

Speaking of Massanutten, I had some good lunches there in the '90s when I snuck a crock pot into the lodge a few times and plugged in homemade beef stew or chili.
fishnski
February 1, 2008
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What, Are you practicing to be a politician David?..You have taken my statement out of context Sir \:o
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