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Resort Guide 2023

10 Best Resorts in the West For Dining

Heat-lamp burgers be damned: These ski resorts set the standard for delicious dining both on and off the slopes.

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There’s eating to ski, and then there’s skiing to eat. This list is about the latter—the resorts where you need to ski your butt off so that you can indulge in the amazing cuisine on offer during your ski vacation. From on-mountain lunch offerings that go way beyond the basic pizza and burgers to celebrity chef-helmed restaurants where reservations are most certainly required, these are the ski resorts where you’re guaranteed not to leave hungry, according to our 2023 Reader Resort Survey. See the entire survey results here.

Top 10 Resorts in the West for Dining

No. 10: Banff Sunshine, Alb.

Score: 7.71
Other Strengths:
Snow, Challenge
Weaknesses:
Nightlife, Access

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(Photo: Courtesy of Banff Sunshine)

What Readers Say

“The town of Banff is really close. So much to do in Banff and the local vibe is great. The additional parking added this year fixed the old parking issues. Other than a flat spot here and there and some wicked cold days it is an awesome place.”

“Great resort with something for everyone. Extreme challenge and pleasant groomers. Views are amazing.”

No. 9: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyo.

Score: 7.76
Other Strengths:
Challenge, Overall Satisfaction
Weaknesses:
Family Friendly, Value

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(Photo: Courtesy of Jackson Hole)

What Readers Say

“Great terrain, not overcrowded, well managed, with epic skiing. Locals do look down on you. Probably due to the challenges of living in a “billionaire wilderness.” Staff in restaurants were very friendly.”

“I’ve been to Jackson Hole many times and it’s a place that everyone should visit at least once. It’s absolutely gorgeous, the terrain is amazing, and you can always depend on Jackson Hole for an amazing experience!”

“Lodging, restaurants, and nightlife are very good if you throw in both the Village and town of Jackson. Not much terrain for beginners. Overall, a beautiful place to both ski and visit with lots to do off-slope due to its proximity to two national parks.”

No. 8: Vail Mountain, Colo.

Score: 7.81
Other Strengths:
Terrain Variety, Challenge
Weaknesses: Value, Local Flavor

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(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“Vail has something for everyone, and is perhaps the closest answer that the U.S. has to the large European resorts. It’s paradise for well-heeled skiers who long for the comforting embrace of an impeccably maintained corporate machine. Seekers of counter-cultural edginess should go elsewhere.”

“Vail is our go-to pass and it fits all we need as a family. Rad skiing and endless bowls/views for me and a nice town with heated streets and plenty of shopping/dining that works great for my wife. Great beginner learning area off the Lionshead gondola and it is surprisingly easy to get around the mountain.”

No. 7: Snowbasin Resort, Utah

Score: 7.86
Other Strengths:
Guest Service, Access
Weaknesses:
Nightlife, Lodging

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(Photo: Courtesy of Snowbasin)

What Readers Say

“So convenient to get to. Great value. No long lines. Local flavor. Gondolas means more skiing on super cold days. Dining at the resort and love the local town of Ogden for nightlife and accommodation.”

“Love this mountain. One of our favorite places to visit while in Utah. Great terrain, lifts, and dining. Can get crowded as it is close to Salt Lake City.”

“The lodges are beautiful, food was good, and they had a nice patio area for lunch and après-ski. They didn’t have a lot of snow when we visited, but conditions were as good as they could be. Locals were super friendly and spent time to show us around.”

No. 6: Steamboat Resort, Colo.

Score: 8.22
Other Strengths:
Family, Local Flavor
Weaknesses:
Access, Value

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(Photo: Courtesy of Steamboat Resort)

What Readers Say

“Fantastic town with outstanding dining. Après-ski is excellent. Base of the mountain needs additional lift to access terrain. Friday thru Sunday lift lines are long.”

“Harwig’s is the best-kept dining secret in the mountain west! GREAT restaurant for dinner in town. Steamboat terrain, bumps and trees continue to be mind blowing IF/when there’s snow. The drive to the ‘Boat is REAL cowboy country and lovely beyond words!”

“We loved Steamboat. Good crowd management and great services and staff. Food was excellent everywhere! Excellent first-time experience there!”

“It may be ‘remote’ if you’re driving from Denver, but access is a breeze if you fly into Hayden. A big mountain with plenty of variety. Love the new gondola setup. Full variety of lodging and dining. And although the lift ticket prices are steep, the generally benign lines at all but two lifts make the ‘price per run’ look a lot cheaper compared to the ‘pay to wait around’ Epic Pass.”

No. 5: Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

Score: 8.37
Other Strengths:
Terrain Variety, Overall Satisfaction
Weaknesses:
Value, Access

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(Photo: Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass)

What Readers Say

“Aspen is a magical place with beautiful mountains and varied terrain. The Aspen Institute, Art Museum, dining, etc., brings the town to another level from other ski towns.”

“Between all four mountains, there’s plenty to skiing for every level skier. Snowmass is quiet at night but Aspen has plenty of dining and entertainment options.”

“Go here often with my adult sons and we all love it: great terrain variety and challenge; great lift system; lodging is right on the slopes. It’s a good value and great ski-in/ski-out; many excellent dining options. I look forward to visiting several different places each trip.”

No. 4: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Score: 8.40
Other Strengths: Terrain Variety, Challenge
Weaknesses: Access, Value

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(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“Snow (and sunshine) can be iffy depending on time of year. Do not recommend for beginners or timid intermediates. Beautiful scenery, abundance of high quality dining and après and the best variety of terrain anywhere! Love the pedestrian village. No need to drive or shuttle too much. Can be pricey but well worth it. Vancouver is a must-stop and stay, as this city has a unique charm and sophistication like nowhere else.”

“Whistler is a wonderful resort with a village that is lively with a wide variety of dining options. It also has many fine lodging options. The ski area is vast with a wide variety of terrain that should satisfy any level of skier.”

“Great mountain. Weather can affect conditions, though. Great amenities and food.”

No. 3: Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

Score: 8.49
Other Strengths:
Challenge, Overall Satisfaction
Weaknesses:
Access, Value

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(Photo: Courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort)

What Readers Say

“Driveable from Phoenix. Amazing terrain, beautiful town, lots of dining and lodging. Just wish it was on the Ikon Pass!”

“We love Telluride. It is one of the last authentic Western ski towns. Abundant choices for dining, après-ski, lodging. Tons of things to do on and off the mountain.”

“First time to Telluride last year and it will be a staple for every winter. We had fabulous snow the whole trip and the long groomers around Galloping Goose were great for beginner skiers. There was seriously rad lift-accessed terrain and some great glades that felt completely empty. Food scene is the best we have experienced and the amount of ski-in/ski-out hotels was a treat.”

No. 2: Deer Valley Resort, Utah

Score: 8.80
Other Strengths:
Guest Service, Access
Weaknesses:
Challenge, Value

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(Photo: Courtesy of Deer Valley)

What Readers Say

“Deer Valley service even in the post-Covid era was still on par. Drought took a toll on snow this year, like everywhere, but grooming was still top-notch. Dining quality and variety was excellent. Friendly staff and services you don’t see in other resorts. Still the best in the business.”

“I visited during a low snow cover period. The difference in grooming between here and their next-door neighbor was remarkable. WAY better done at Deer Valley. Great dining. I stayed in Midway, Utah and took advantage of the access/parking via the Jordanelle Express Gondola.”

“Stayed in Park City end of February 2022 and had the Ikon pass. Skied Park City a couple of days but spent most of the time in Deer Valley. Let’s be clear—Deer Valley is definitely expensive. but the snow conditions were so much better than Park City, the people who work there were so pleasant and helpful, and the experience was so superior. The problem is that Park City is where most of the lodging and dining are. Deer Valley cannot be a sole destination for me.”

No. 1: Sun Valley, Idaho

Score: 8.90
Other Strengths:
Lifts, Guest Service
Weaknesses:
Access, Snow

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(Photo: Courtesy of Sun Valley)

What Readers Say

“This is an absolutely beautiful mountain with great variety and grooming. Also had lots of challenging terrain. Lots of dining options off the mountain.”

“This is an absolutely beautiful mountain with great variety and grooming. Also had lots of challenging terrain. Lots of dining options off the mountain.”

“We have been going to Sun Valley for 30-plus years. No other ski resort that we’ve gone to offers great skiing, lodges, food, and service in one place. Tops by far! Did I mention no lift lines? A++!”