Garfinkel’s, amazingly, manages to be both 20-something and family-friendly at the same time. Because it is right at the base of the gondola, Garf’s tends to be packed during the lunch hour but the wait is worthwhile. The burgers are great, the selection of beers on tap is pretty good, and the deck during happy hour is a lively scene. Sit and enjoy an appetizer and a drink with buddies while watching newbies accidentally tear down and eat it on Bwana right above the base. Even though a chair may be hard to come by at first, be patient. The staff somehow manages to never get anything wrong when serving the hordes of hungry skiers that swarm in around four p.m. while being super friendly and accommodating at the same time. The portions are more than adequate and the soda refills flow so freely, you have to be careful not to overdo it with the sugar. Just watch your step walking in ski boots on the slippery wood floors. http://www.garfsvail.com/
Right at the base of the Lionshead gondola, Garfinkel’s, amazingly, manages to be both 20-something and family-friendly at the same time.