On-mountain meals, from Vail to Beaver Creek
Ryan Summerlin December 27, 2011
A day on the slopes is hardly complete without a stop for a meal on the mountain. If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, or just want to warm up with some hot chocolate or a bowl of soup, Vail and Beaver Creek have an abundance of on-mountain dining options sure to satisfy every appetite and price range.
$$$The 10th This new table-service restaurant in Mid-Vail provides an upscale ski-in, ski-out mountain dining experience. Guests can remove their ski boots and slide into slippers before indulging in a modern alpine cuisine while overlooking the Gore Range. The food is influenced from European and American traditions, ranging from unique soups and salads to hot plates of meatloaf, sea scallops and short-ribs. Express lunch options are also available at the bar. General Manager George Bigley said The 10th has a well-rounded menu sure to appeal to a lot of people”Our goal is to have courteous and efficient service,” said Bigley. “The guests appreciate the opportunity to be able to make a reservation, come in from skiing, have a great lunch and then get back out on the mountain.”The 10th bar opens at 9 a.m. and the restaurant opens for lunch at 11 a.m. The restaurant is located at the base of Look Ma run at Mid-Vail. Call 970-754-1010 for information and reservations.Bistro FourteenThis is restaurant offers sit down dining for lunch, aprs ski and dinner at the top of Vail Mountain. Guests experience a view of the Mount of the Holy Cross while enjoying menu items such as chicken pot pie, Rocky Mountain trout, steak and burgers. There is also an extensive list of wine, cocktails and seasonal microbrews, as well as a $10 multi-course children’s menu. The fresh and fun spot may be perfect after a morning of skiing or a brisk evening with the family at Vail’s Adventure Ridge. Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola at Eagle’s Nest. Call 970-754-4530 for information. Game Creek RestaurantThis restaurant is known for its breathtaking view and American-French style cuisine built on regional and seasonal ingredients. This is an European chalet in Game Creek Bowl, and is accessed by a snowcat ride in the winter months. The extensive wine list and attentive service are distinct alongside an old-world style coursed menu that stands out among all the mountain restaurants. Kids can also dine off their own three course menu. Game Creek Restaurant is open for dinner only. Call 970-754-4275 for information and reservations. $$Two Elk Restaurant & Belle’s CampKnown as Vail Mountain’s “flagship restaurant,” Two Elk is the gateway to China Bowl and Blue Sky Basin. It sits at an elevation of 11,220 feet, located near the top of Chairs 14, 17, 21 and 36.”The alpine lodge features tall timbers and a Ute Indian, southwestern theme, with massive windows showcasing spectacular views of the Gore Range and the valleys below,” said Sara Lococo, public relations coordinator at Vail Resorts. “The menu features classic and eclectic American grill-ables, an abundant salad bar with two soup stations, and a variety of specialty hand-made pizzas, wraps, pastas and more.” Two Elk is open daily at 9 a.m. for beverage and baked goods, and the full menu is available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 970-754-8245 for more information. Golden Peak GrillThe Golden Peal Grill is located at the bottom of the Riva Bahn Express Lift, in the lower floor of the Golden Peak building. The Grill has an open kitchen, so you can watch your food being made as you gaze out at the race courses and terrain park. Call 970-754-8245 for more information. $Head down to Mid-Vail Restaurants to choose from a variety of food, snack and beverage options, and sit outside at Wildwood Restaurant and Pavilion at the top of Chairs 3 and 7 for a true mountain barbecue experience. Buffalo’s Restaurant is located above Patrol Headquarters at the top of Chairs 4, 5 and 11, and it can be a quick stop before heading into the Back Bowls. For a little less cash, head over to The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and hit up Gondoly’s Pizza to grab a slice or sit with a hot drink at Bailey’s Coffee House.
$$$Beano’s CabinIf you want your night out to start with an open-air sleigh ride pulled up the mountain by a snowcat, your may want to look into making a reservation at Beano’s Cabin. Adults can look forward to a five-course dinner of Colorado fare, accompanied by live musical entertainment, and children can join for a discounted rate. Beano’s signature whole beef tenderloin, pan seared salmon with honey mustard sauce, chicken skewers, wood-fired cheese pizza and Beano’s penne pasta are just a few of the menu items available. Beano’s Cabin is open for dinner Monday through Sunday, and the restaurant takes reservations online at beanoscabinbeavercreek.com, or by phone at 970-754-3463. SaddleRidgeFind authentic old western charm at SaddleRidge, as well as a locally-inspired menu. “The SaddleRidge menu is based on Colorado regional cuisine,” said Jen Brown, public relations manager for Beaver Creek. “The menu features steaks, seafood and signature wild game dishes.” SaddleRidge is located at the base of the eastern slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain, and is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Call 970-754-5456 for more information and to make reservations. $$Mamie’s Mountain GrillMamie’s menu features “grill your own” options of Colorado lamb or chicken and burgers, as well as homemade soups and European-style hotdogs. The grill is located at the top of Bachelor Gulch, and is reasonably priced with entrees from $5 to $10 on average. The spot features a large deck, which is perfect for sunny afternoon aprs sessions. The Grill is located at the top of Bachelor Gulch Express Lift #16, and is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. For more information, call 970-754-5368.$Find more grilled items at the Red Tail Camp Smoke House, located near the base of Chairs 9, 10 and 11. The Red Tail also features soups, chili and house smoked meats.The Spruce Saddle Lodge can be visited at the top of Chair 6, and has two full bars, 1,000 indoor seats available, and casual cuisine and grilled fare. The Broken Arrow serves American food and is located at the bottom of the Arrow Bahn Express Lift in Arrowhead. The restaurant is known for its Tomahawk Bloody Mary drinks, tasty Blinky Burgers and lift-facing aprs ski deck.