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Travel Tip: Mountain Top Ski Resort Restaurants

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ski_dinningBack in the day, your food options at ski resorts were basically limited to burgers and pizza. But not so much anymore. More and more ski resorts are taking their cues from the European philosophy: instead of eating to ski, you ski to eat. And that’s finally happening here in the U.S. as well. The cool thing is, some of them are serving great food at mountain top ski resort restaurants.

Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado actually has the highest restaurant in America. Alpino Vino sits at nearly 12,000 feet. To get there, you ride an enclosed snowcoach for a five-course Italian dinner.

At Snowbasin in Utah, Needles Lodge sits at nearly 9,000 feet. And it’s not limited to the winter either. You can eat on top of the mountain from June to October with a 360-degree view.

And in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the restaurant Couloir sits at more than 9,000 feet, so you take a heated gondola up to get there. And it’s all about local and seasonal cuisine—almost every ingredient comes from a 250-mile radius.

Talk about dining…with altitude.

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