Best On-Mountain Restaurant Winners (2021) | USA TODAY 10Best

Gone are the days when ski-in dining meant a sad, overpriced sandwich and a bag of chips. These days, on-mountain restaurants are upping their culinary game. Skiers and snowboarders will find everything from craft beer bars to fine dining establishments without having to leave the slopes. To find the best on-mountain restaurants for 2021, a panel of experts selected 20 nominees, then our readers voted for the 10 best.

The fine dining restaurant inside Alta’s Rustler Lodge pairs magnificent views with a diverse menu highlighting local ingredients. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to ride the Rustler lift and enjoy lunch overlooking the ski area. Photo courtesy of Alta’s Rustler Lodge

No trip to Jackson Hole would be complete without tucking into some waffles atop Rendezvous Peak. Waffles from Corbet’s Cabin (altitude 10,450 feet) are made to order with topping options like Nutella, peanut butter, brown sugar butter or bacon. Photo courtesy of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Whitehorn Bistro, located at 6,700 feet above sea level, offers upscale food in a comfortable environment paired with stellar views. Some of signature dishes include seafood chowder, cheese fondue or a Whitehorn burger. Photo courtesy of Lake Louise Ski Resort

Diners arrive at Allie’s Cabin via an open air sleight ride. Upon arrival, they’re treated to a three course dinner in a cozy cabin on Beaver Creek. On select nights, the restaurant also hosts exclusive five-course wine dinners. The restaurant is closed for the 2020/2021 season but plans to return next year. Photo courtesy of Bob Winsett / Vail Resorts

The 10th, a full-service lunch restaurant overlooking the Gore Range, serves a menu of classic, alpine-inspired dishes at the top of Gondola 1 in Vail. It’s a great excuse to slip out of those ski boots and into some comfy slippers for a bowl of chili or a Wagyu beef burger. Photo courtesy of Ric Stovall, Vail Resorts

Have lunch or dinner on top of the world at Eagle’s Eye at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Soak up the views of five Canadian National Parks while enjoying salmon, elk, buffalo and other native ingredients. Photo courtesy of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Skiers in Park City can enjoy this fine-dining elegant lunch ski-in/ski-out restaurant and dine with a breathtaking view of the Wasatch Range mountains. Lookout Cabin’s Rocky Mountain cuisine features locally raised grass-fed beef chili, Southwestern braised Utah poutine, and bison bolognese. Combined with a full-service bar with hand-crafted cocktails and hot alcoholic drinks, plus an extensive wine list, this is a stop worth getting off the express lift! Photo courtesy of Park City Mountain

The Cliff House at Stowe Mountain Resort offers award-winning regional, seasonal cuisine combined with a rustic Vermont flair. Surrounded by breathtaking alpine peaks, this lunch-only restaurant is located on the side of Mount Mansfield and accessible only by gondola. The Austrian-styled chalet features floor-to-ceiling windows and offers panoramic-view seating, with an open kitchen and bar which serves wine and cocktails to compliment every meal. Photo courtesy of VisualCommunications // Getty Images

Portland, Maine chef Harding Lee Smith brings is Rooms restaurant concept to Sunday River at the Mountain Room. Set mid-mountain at the Peak Lodge near the Chondola, the restaurant serves a lunch menu of small plates and heartier options, served alongside Maine craft brews and cocktails. An outside deck offers spectacular views of the front range. Photo courtesy of Marina French/Sunday River

The European-inspired Bavarian Lodge at Taos Ski Valley in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains has everything you’d want from a German biergarten, including lederhosen-clad staff, beer steins, a sundeck and a menu of hearty Bavarian fare. Its location at the base of Kachina Peak means the views are as good as the food. Photo courtesy of Taos Ski Valley

The top 10 winners in the category Best On-Mountain Restaurant are as follows: 

  1. The Bavarian Restaurant – Taos, New Mexico
  2. The Mountain Room – Sunday River, Maine
  3. Cliff House – Stowe, Vermont
  4. Lookout Cabin – Park City Mountain, Utah
  5. Eagle’s Eye Restaurant – Kicking Horse, British Columbia
  6. The 10th – Vail, Colorado
  7. Allie’s Cabin – Beaver Creek, Colorado
  8. Whitehorn Bistro – Lake Louise, Alberta
  9. Corbet’s Cabin – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  10. Rustler Lodge Dining Room – Alta, Utah

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