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High-Country Dining

A skier's gotta eat. Be it a piping, hot breakfast, après-ski snacks or a spare-no-expense dinner on the mountain, ski towns know how to fill a belly. Here's an eclectic selection of restaurants, bars and lodges where the grub is sure to satisfy after (or before) a long day on the slopes.

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10 Best Ski-Resort Cafeterias

Of course, you go to a ski resort for the good snow and terrain. But you've got to eat while you're there, right? We've done our research—eating at ski areas all over the country—and have selected the 10 best on-mountain restaurants in ski country. To call these places cafeterias simply doesn't do them justice.

South Lake Tahoe, California: Sage Room Steak House

Best Steakhouses in Ski Country

Before they became ski meccas, most of the mountainous resorts you visit in the winter were ranch towns where hearty pioneers raised beef cattle. Most of the pastures have given way to multi-million dollar trophy homes, but the tradition of a damn good steak persists.

Lobar; Crested Butte, Colorado

Best Ski-Town Sushi

Despite the fact that most ski towns are land-locked, many of them have world-class sushi. And there's something about powder skiing and raw fish—they go together nicely. We've sampled sushi all over the country, and here are our picks for the 10 best sushi restaurants in ski towns.

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The Best of Mountain Golf

When the snow melts and the season ends, many of us trade boots and skis for clubs and balls, rediscovering a love for all things green on sun-drenched fairways that stretch on for miles. Mountain recreation enthusiasts have known for years about the great golf opportunities in the high country, with celebrity course designers and rethought layouts built into the sides of our favorite mountains, we could not help but join them. Here are our top-five public mountain golf courses.

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Farm-to-Table Dining For Skiers

As the U.S. culinary world regresses to the notion of eating locally and seasonally (and caring where food comes from), farmer’s markets, CSA’s and farm-to-table restaurants are on the rise. The locavore movement is essentially sharing a solid commitment to using primarily naturally-raised and organic ingredients sourced directly from local farms and farmers' markets. Of course, come winter, it's a much bigger challenge. The following ski country eateries are dedicated to keeping it as fresh and local as possible.