If all of your previous ski trips have centered around beer, fondue and shot glasses attached to skis, then you’ve probably been having a great time—but likely not a culinarily exciting one.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Nowadays, some ski resorts are becoming renowned for their great food, meaning that if you’re a powder-chasing foodie, you no longer have to choose between great slopes and great suppers.
These are just four of the most delectable ski resorts around the world.
Come for the picturesque setting and easy-to-slay slopes, stay for the delicious cuisine.
Kitzbuhel is a medieval Austrian town set within a valley that sees hordes of skiers descend on its mountains every winter. They come looking for fresh powdery snow and even fresher foodie ingredients.
For breathtaking mountain views and regional cuisine, head to the rustic-looking Berghaus Tirol. Feast on a typical Tyrolean specialty and then head over for dessert to Wirtshaus Steuerberg, as they are said to serve up the best plate of kaiserschmarrn in town.
And if you’re looking for a break from the hearty Austrian fare, then Lois Stern is an Asian-Mediterranean fusion bistro with an impressive open kitchen.
This one may not come as a big surprise to those who have been frequenting American ski resorts for years, but Aspen is not only great for world-class skiing, it’s also home to a host of international dining options.
Unlike many resorts in Europe where the best restaurants are located within hotels, you only have to stroll through the center of Aspen to stumble across several gems.
Matsuhisa is the hot destination for Japanese cuisine and sushi, Steak House No. 316 is an atmospheric steakhouse with a meaty menu and lengthy wine list. Housed within an old miner’s cottage, the White House Tavern piles sandwiches high and pours craft cocktails with finesse.
Niseko lies in the shadow of the dormant volcano Mt. Yotei. Not only does it boast snow-capped peaks, but also golfing, hot springs (Japanese onsen) and river rafting, making it the ideal destination for those less ski-inclined.
Surprisingly, the cuisine here doesn’t center completely around Japanese food—although the sushi at Hanayoshi is some of the best around. The pizzas at Niseko Pizza make it onto many visitors’ “must eat” lists, and the myriad of crab-based dishes (think hot pot, gratin and BBQ crab) at Crab Dining Kanon will spoil the seafood lover in you for life.
San Cassiano, Italy
Located in the Dolomites and surrounded by intermediate pistes, this traditional village has become famous for its culinary exploits.
It all began with St Hubertus, a hotel restaurant that has picked up two Michelin stars for its delicate haute cuisine plates. La Siriola also offers gourmet fare in impeccable surroundings.
Slightly lower down the price scale, yet no less tasty, is Restaurant Bar Sare, whose alpine hut interior and hearty slices of cake will have you pondering whether or not you return to the slopes for the afternoon session.
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