Slide into Ski Country's best on-mountain restaurants.

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Breaking for nosh during the ski day often means tucking in with a bowl of chili at the lodge’s cafeteria, but more and more, you can kick off your ski boots, slipper up and indulge with a magnificent sit-down meal in what feels like an intimate private club—but without the pricey membership dues.

SaddleRidge at Beaver Creek, a unique cultural and culinary experience, was conceived in 1987 as a $27 million retreat for Shearson Lehman Brothers execs. In the early 1990s, Vail Resorts bought the property. Until 2015, it was open to the public for dinner only but is now open for lunch as well.

Today, gourmet plates are served in a towering dining room beneath massive antique train-wheel chandeliers. Executive Chef Adam Roth’s affinity for wild game, fowl and locally sourced ingredients elevates traditional chophouse fare. Favorites include a buttery Rocky Mountain elk tenderloin and a rich Summit Creek Farms lamb T-bone.

The decadent clubby lunch can be found at mountain resorts throughout the West. Make a reservation at The 10th at Vail, located at the top of Gondola One, where floor-to-ceiling views of the Gore Range are complemented by slipper service and dishes like pheasant and winter vegetable potpie in a savory sage-vermouth cream sauce.

Breckenridge’s Peak 8 hosts The Living Room at One Ski Hill Place, where you can select from savory eats like buffalo rib eye with truffle mac and cheese.

At Keystone, Alpenglow Stube, housed in a mountaintop chalet atop 11,444-foot North Peak, is the highest AAA four-diamond restaurant on the continent and boasts a 600-bottle cellar recognized by Wine Spectator. Try the popular ragout of blue crab.

Organic, sustainable and seasonal are the three tenets anchoring Manzanita, set midmountain at Northstar in The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Start with a seat by the rustic stone hearth and sip a white oak barrel-aged Manhattan before dining on innovative California cuisine.


This article originally appeared in Epic Life.