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The Team, February 2024

One of life’s great pleasures is sitting down to a gourmet lunch or dinner after skiing. What could be better than a morning cruising the corduroy followed with a mouth-watering lunch in a mountain refuge? Or finishing off an active afternoon with a hearty Savoyard supper or Michelin-starred banquet?

The best thing about your ski holiday might just be the food you can enjoy, so let us be your guide to the very best places to eat and drink - on and off the slopes - with our pick of the top mountain restaurants, the best gourmet dining experiences and a few unique drinks too...

The Michelin Star Collection

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining options across the Alps. As restaurants compete to try and outdo each other, you’ll find an abundance of excellent restaurants. Some of our featured hotels boast in-house Michelin-starred restaurants meaning you don’t need to leave the comfort of your hotel to enjoy some of the best cuisine in the world.

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Here's a selection of just some of our featured hotels which are part of the exclusive Michelin Star club:

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  • The 5-star Chedi Andermatt offers unabashed luxury in opulent surroundings. The jewel in its crown is the two Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant offering fine tasting menus in a sleek and exclusive setting. If you need a lunchtime hit of sushi, fear not. The Chedi features a second Japanese restaurant at 2300m with a stunning sun terrace. Also boasting a Michelin star, a visit here after a morning exploring the amazing ski area is a must for any visitor to Andermatt.

The Best Places For Dinner: North America 

The Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler

The Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler

Find some truly exceptional restaurants in the USA & Canada's best ski destinations. There's a strong foodie scene in so many resorts, with an emphasis on locally-sourced produce, organic ingredients and a well-defined farm-to-fork ethos. For the very best dinner experiences, here's our top 5:

Our Top 5 Cosy Mountain Restaurants

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Not necessarily the fanciest or most expensive mountain restaurants, we think these deliver on providing the best all-round lunch experience on the slopes. How many have you ticked off?

  • Gletschergrotte, Saas Fee: Pretty traditional mountain hut serving typical Swiss dishes with stunning views.
  • La Luge à Téran, Samoëns: Accessible from anywhere in the Grand Massif ski area, this gorgeous little restaurant offers friendly service and delicious local cuisine. 
  • Baita Panorama, Selva di Val Gardena: On the main run down into Selva this family run establishment offers lovely food, amazing views and service with a smile.
  • Gite Alpage La Chaux, Portes du Soleil: This charming little gem is easily accessible from Avoriaz and offers a beautiful panorama and delicious cuisine.
  • Le Trifollet, Val d’Isère: On the main run down into La Daille, this cosy little restaurant has a lovely sun terrace, delicious food and table service.

Experiences with a difference

Whistler Tasting Tours

Discover Whistler's amazing foodie scene in all its wonderful variety. Try a selection of the very best restaurants by booking a Whistler Tasting Tour. Last winter, four of our team experienced the ‘Finer Things Dinner Tour’. This is a guided walking tour featuring 4 courses, at 4 award-winning Whistler restaurants:

  • First stop: a visit to the impressive Bearfoot Bistro wine cellar where you’ll saber champagne and try fresh oysters
  • Then walk to, sit, eat and drink in Hy’s Steakhouse
  • Third course takes place at Quattros (Italian fine dining)
  • Finally, enjoy cheese and more drinks in the Firerock Lounge at the Westin Resort & Spa
Sommelier on the Slopes

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Fancy combining your love of skiing with some delicious wine tasting? Consider San Cassiano in the Dolomites! Take part in a Sommelier on the Slopes session in the Alta Badia ski area. Accompanied by a ski instructor and a sommelier, you’ll sample some of the region’s finest wines in one of the area’s cosy mountain huts before skiing on to the next one and doing it all again!

Corbet’s Cabin: Top of the World Waffles
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For a unique experience, it doesn't get much more special than tucking into gourmet waffles at 10,450 feet, at the top of Jackson Hole's iconic tram. Drop into Corbet's couloir once you're fuelled, if you're brave enough!

Il Bombardino

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A little drink that packs a punch! The bombardino is ubiquitous in Italian mountain bars and cafés come 4pm. Distinctively yellow in colour, this potent drink is served warm and designed to keep you feeling toasty and protected from the elements. Made from Advocaat, brandy, whipped cream and cinnamon, you’ve got to give this a try on your next trip to Italy!

The Caesar

Canada's classic cocktail, the Caesar

Canada’s entry to the cocktail Hall of Fame. This is a cocktail and a meal in one. Think Bloody Mary with added extras:

  • A pint glass with a spiced rim
  • 2 shots of vodka
  • Some horseradish
  • A glug of Tabasco
  • A big glug of Worcestershire sauce
  • All topped up with Clamato juice (clam and tomato juice mashup. No, really)
  • A dollop of ice plus an unfeasible list of vegetable/fruit/random garnishes including celery, lime, olives, pickled chillies, green beans and if you’re exceptionally unlucky, a rasher of candied bacon and a sausage.

A heady ingredients list - but it’s actually very, very good. The finest establishment for a Caesar, in our opinion, is Dusty's Bar at Whistler Creekside.

Our Ski Specialists will be happy to talk about their favourite places to eat and drink whilst skiing, as well as help you plan your next tailor-made ski holiday. Contact them on 0131 243 8097 today.