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Savory Slopes: Where to Eat Near Top Ski Slopes

Eat well on and off the slopes at these top American ski mountains.

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The Skiers' Guide to Fueling Up

Skiing is a favorite winter pastime, but for many snow bunnies, the apres-ski dining is as important as the run itself. Whether you’re looking for frothy hot chocolate, cheesy fondue, over-the-top s’mores or savory apres-ski snacks, here are the best places to refuel on and off major ski mountains in the United States.

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Photo: Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley (Utah)

On the mountain: Consistently ranked among the best restaurants in Utah, Mariposa serves tasting portions ideal for diners eager to try as many dishes as possible. Choices include pan-roasted scallops, fried green tomatoes and other savory dishes. Gluten-free diners and vegetarians will also be well taken care of in the relaxed ski-lodge setting.

Off the mountain: Deer Valley Grocery Café has plenty of grab-and-go items but also the perfect pre-ski breakfast menu for pretty much any diner. Wake up to breakfast panini with Niman Ranch sausage, scrambled eggs and Cabot white cheddar or avocado, and beet toast with beet hummus, avocado and goat cheese. Lunch and dinner, with their assorted housemade desserts and hot sipping chocolate, lure crowds.

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Sunday River (Maine)

On the mountain: Chef Harding Lee Smith, a leader in the Portland  food scene, is known for his various "Room" restaurants. The latest, The Mountain Room, is located mid-mountain on Sunday River. Open currently only for appetizers, salads, sandwiches and drinks (a phase-two project next year will open the full restaurant), the restaurant serves toasts such as whipped ricotta with Maine sea salt, and the Pork of All Sorts sandwich, filled with n’duja, bacon and pork belly and topped with ricotta and quince.

Off the mountain: Roaming around the base of the mountain and throughout the town is food truck Maine-ly Meatballs, a favorite skier pit stop for handcrafted meatballs in Asian-, Swedish- and American-inspired flavors. Other creative selections include Maine lobster balls with lemon cream sauce, and cheeseburger balls.

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Vail (Colorado)

On the mountain: Ski into lunch at the mid-mountain restaurant The 10th and trade your skis for slippers before a meal of elk chili with whipped goat cheese and black-eyed peas, or pot pie studded with chunks of chicken, pheasant and winter vegetables. The dining room has a mesmerizing backdrop of the Gore Range, home to some of the more challenging ski trails.

Off the mountain: Expect there to be a little wait at The Little Diner, where the dining space is as petite as the name suggests (it’s also the owners’ last name). The 20-seat horseshoe counter puts diners in the center of the action as chefs whip up grits, scrambled eggs and German pancakes inspired by Grandma Dot. A perfect place to fuel up pre-ski, the diner makes nearly all of the ingredients for its family-sourced recipes in-house, including the bacon.

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