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Resort Guide 2022

The 10 Resorts With the Best Dining Options in the West

Skiers gotta eat, so why not eat well? When heat-lamp burgers just don't cut it, these are the resorts where good sustenance is a priority.

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For some of us, dining is a major part of the vacation equation. For others, a protein bar and microwaved ramen gets the job done. This list is decidedly for the folks who fall into the former category, And that’s just fine. Ski resorts have evolved over the years—some more than others—to satisfy the voracious appetites of foodies on vacation, from poke bars and sit-down slippered feasts at lunch to dinners made from farm-fresh ingredients grown right at the resort. We know this list isn’t for everyone, but if this is you, here are the Top 10 resorts in the West where you can dig into world-class meals throughout the course of your stay.

Top 10 Resorts in the West for Dining

No. 10. Breckenridge Resort, Colo.

Score: 8.23
Other Strengths:
Service (#29), Lifts (#30)
Nightlife (#4), Après (#5)

Breckenridge Dining
(Photo: Andrew Maguire)

What Readers Say

“Best ski town. Altitude without attitude. Great late season. A zillion dining, après, and nightlife options. Reliable snow. Accessible.”

“Breck is accessible to skiers of all ages and all abilities. There is so much terrain that even on the busiest days, you can find fresh if you’re willing to go off the beaten path. The on-slope dining is awesome and the town has so many walkable dining options.”

“Way too many ‘fast food’ type of dining options. The dining options would be much better if there were fewer hamburger places and more middle of the road places.”

9. Park City Resort, Utah

Score: 8.26
Other Strengths:
Access (#4), Lodging (#7)
Value (#30), Service (#27)

Park City Dining
(Photo: Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“Amazing and virtually endless variety of terrain. Great restaurants, bars and nightlife. Authentic mountain town with history and a fun vibe. Easiest access from virtually anywhere to world-class skiing.”

“Great resort. At the top in every category. Families and the expert can find fun. Dining was good considering the conditions and restrictions. Normally one of the best for dining.”

“The town of Park City has plenty of shopping and dining options, however, a lot of stores would close around 6-7p, far too early for the people in my group to be able to get to all the spots where they were hoping to shop. Overall, Park City should serve any traveling group well. With a huge selection of on-mountain terrain, in-town shopping and dining, and lodging to fit any need, if you can’t find what you need here, you probably aren’t going to find it anywhere else.”

8. Snowbasin Resort, Utah

Score: 8.35
Other Strengths:
Lifts (#2), Service (#3)
Weaknesses: Nightlife (#29), Lodging (#30)

What Readers Say

“Snowbasin is one of if not the best place to ski in Utah. The customer service, the food, the gondolas, the parking and shuttle, the list goes on and on. I want to recommend it to everyone yet not recommend it to anyone because once someone has the Snowbasin experience, they are not going to go anywhere else. It is our favorite.”

“This resort has great skiing, lodges, food, parking, etc. The past couple years I have skied at Snowbasin and Sun Valley. The snow is far better at Snowbasin.”

“Top-notch lodges, lifts, and staff. Snowbasin handled this difficult year with style and class. I felt safe to bring up my family and enjoy the great snow and service provided by the resort. I would recommend Snowbasin to anyone looking for a family-friendly resort with world-class amenities and terrain for every skill level.”

7. Vail Mountain, Colo.

Score: 8.42
Other Strengths:
Après (#8), Nightlife (#8)
Local Flavor (#32), Overall Satisfaction (#31)

Vail Dining
106728 (Photo: Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“Great mountain on Epic Pass which is very reasonable for all the skiing that can be done close to Vail and around the world. Great dining options on and off the mountain. local free bus service throughout the town. Great après at the base of the mountain. Lots of activities for all ages.”

“It’s Vail—no other resort is as synonymous with a consistent, high-level experience as Vail. The snow is always at least good, the lift infrastructure is excellent, and the food in town is incredible. The only downside is, if you stay on the resort-side of I-70, you’ll find maybe one truly local bar (shout out to Bart & Yeti’s).”

“Nothing can compare with Vail terrain. Happy hour and restaurant choices abound. However, don’t even think about going there on a weekend and fighting the rude crowds.”

6. Steamboat Resort, Colo.

Score: 8.62
Other Strengths:
Family (#3), Lodging (#6)
Challenge (#28), Value (#26)

What Readers Say

“Steamboat has both great terrain and lifts and a local town that supports the hill and businesses. The snow is always great and plentiful. The dining choices are next to none with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.”

“Steamboat has both great terrain and lifts and a local town that supports the hill and businesses. The snow is always great and plentiful. The dining choices are next to none with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.”

“Steamboat is kind of an indifferent ski town. A town and then a ski area. What used to be the most friendly, non-glitzy place is rapidly changing with influx of big expensive homes and money. I don’t know how middle class families afford a ski vacation at a major resort like Steamboat.”

5. Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

Score: 8.81
Other Strengths:
Lifts (#3), Nightlife (#2)
Value (#22), Access (#19)

Aspen Dining
(Photo: Lindsy Fortier)

What Readers Say

“With four mountains within 20 minutes of each other, what more could a skier want? You can literally walk to one of the mountains from getting off the plane! Where else can you do that? Varied terrain, great food and a variety of accommodations!”

“I’m in love with Aspen Snowmass. Location, amenities, food, après, and service is amazing AND add on the exceptional ski company and instructors. Unbeatable.”

The overall cost is really ridiculous and that is why we limit how much we go. We may start avoiding Colorado and go to Whistler and resorts in Alberta as the USD goes a lot farther north of the border. Snowmass has either incredibly expensive or vending machine dining options. There need to be middle range, non-bar food-type restaurants.”

4. Telluride Resort, Colo.

Score: 8.97
Other Strengths: Variety (#3), Overall Satisfaction (#3)
Weaknesses: Access (#33), Family (#21)

Telluride Dining
(Photo: Telluride Ski Resort)

What Readers Say

“This is easily the best ski hill/town in the United States. It’s got great terrain, excellent snow, amazingly varied and interesting terrain, plenty of lodging and dining options, and a town that just absolutely rocks. Where else does the mountain literally spill right into an absolutely rollicking town?”

“We have been skiing at Telluride for 40 years–it is truly a wonderful place! Great ski area, varied runs, good for families as well as expert skiers. Laid-back little town with lots of restaurants and cool bars.”

“Telluride is wonderful … just wish it was easier to get to. But, that’s what keeps it so much better than the I-70 resorts.”

3. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Score: 8.98
Other Strengths:
Variety (#1), Nightlife (#1)
Snow (#28), Value (#24)

What Readers Say

“Whistler is the total package. You’re surrounded by beautiful mountains and there is a village at the base of the mountain that you can walk to. Great nightlife and very good restaurants. Everything is right there. You never have to travel again once you get to your destination. And the snow is typically awesome!”

“I’ve skied all over North America and my last 10 trips were to Whistler Blackcomb. Love the steeps, the trees (especially Blackcomb), the variety of terrain can’t be beat. Fun après in the Village and Creekside. Great dining and fun nightlife. The people of Whistler are very welcoming.”

“Epic terrain, way to0 much time spent in lift lines. Grooming might be the worst of any big resort, they’re just waiting for the next snowfall instead of getting a quality job done. Nice to see lift prices drop for next year. Food options are good but pricey. Easy two-hour drive from Vancouver. On a powder day you really can’t beat the combo of terrain and snow.”

2. Deer Valley Resort, Utah

Score: 9.18
Other Strengths:
Lodging (#2), Grooming  (#2)
Challenge (#31), Variety (#30)

Deer Valley Dining
(Photo: Deer Valley Resort)

What Readers Say

“Deer Valley has something for everyone—except snowboarders and we like it that way. The grooming is the best in the business, the food is the best and the lodging options are second to none. Not to mention accessing the resort is super easy to get to, so close to the new Salt Lake City Airport.”

“I love skiing at Deer Valley! The entire experience is wonderful! The snow is great, the terrain is all I could want for my ability (intermediate), the on-mountain food is a treat. Park City is a great resort town, picturesque, lots of great dining and nice shops. Also, it is very easy to get there from Los Angeles. Easier than driving to Mammoth! Our kids learned to ski here and they always had a great time and learned well. So well that my eldest daughter surpassed my ability a few years back! The on-mountain service, ski lockers, friendly staff, mountain hosts are all terrific. I think you get it by now, I love Deer Valley!”

“Deer Valley certainly isn’t the most challenging mountain by any chance but they have absolutely perfected food, hospitality, and customer service.”

1. Sun Valley, Idaho

Score: 9.30
Other Strengths:
Grooming (#1), Service (#1)
Access (#24), Snow (#22)

Sun Valley Dining
(Photo: Sarah Mansfield)

What Readers Say

“Great family vacation spot with two mountains and lots of additional activity such as skating, sledding, sleigh rides, a variety of eating establishments and a very friendly staff.”

“Sun Valley has a ton of history and a fantastic mountain to ski with great restaurants and lodging. Grooming is second to none, as are the day lodges and food offerings. Minimal crowds—you never wait in line!”

“A true classic if the snow is good. Unfortunately because of altitude and global warming, it’s a factor you cannot always depend on.”