For many skiers, the cuisine and dining experience can be as important as the skiing itself; here is a list of our top resorts for skiers with a passion for great food.
Courchevel is a French resort that is part of the expansive Trois Vallées. The resort is blanketed in luxury five-star hotels and has more Michelin-starred restaurants than you will find anywhere else in the Alps. It’s rustic and atmospheric, with cosy eateries to match.
For fine dining delicacies like escargot in a butternut and chestnut velouté and foie gras with caramel, head to the creative Azimut, helmed by chef François Moureaux. Alternatively, reserve a table at the two Michelin-starred Le Chabichou for an unrivalled gastronomic experience. La Cabane des Bûcherons offers up an immersive experience where you can enjoy a superb Savoyard themed dinner in a cosy refuge setting before returning to the resort by tobogganing down the tree-lined slopes.
Moving away from European resorts, Whistler is a prime example of a North American resort that has a great variety of cuisine. This makes for a refreshing change from some other ski resorts where you find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of traditional Alpine dishes on the menu. Here, you can find a perfect balance of restaurants from all over the world.
For fine diners, try the Red Door Bistro. This Canadian restaurant’s style of cuisine is influenced by its French roots with brilliantly elegant dishes to satisfy those looking for the best cooking in town. Another fine dining gem is The Grill Room; don’t expect to find a better steakhouse anywhere else in the resort. For a unique breakfast experience, try Fresh Tracks Breakfast where you will enjoy a hearty breakfast up the mountain at the break of day and then be the first skiers down the slopes.
Nestled in the magnificent Dolomiti ski area and surrounded by the majestic Dolomite mountains, San Cassiano delivers on fantastic skiing, beautiful scenery and cuisine with a real focus on great traditional Italian food. The area also has plenty of other restaurants that have Austrian and German influences in the dishes they serve.
For the perfect Italian experience, try the Hotel Ciasa Salares; here the dining experience starts from the word go at breakfast. There are five brilliant restaurants to choose from, including one Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as a Chocolate room and a Cheese room. Our wonderful Ski Safari will take you on a gastronomic journey where you will ski between 12 different areas, dining on gourmet fayre in Michelin-starred restaurants and local rifugios.
Zermatt is another Alpine cuisine mecca with well over 100 restaurants in the resort serving gastronomic delights from all over the world. Zermatt offers plenty of variety in choice; the hardest part of dining in this resort is simply picking where to go from Zermatt’s wealth of brilliant eateries.
The Backstage After Seven is easily one of the best restaurants in Zermatt with two Michelin-stars and Master Chef Ivo Adam at the helm. For more delicacies, the Findlerhof serves beautiful European dishes with a fantastic view of the iconic Matterhorn. For something a little different, try the Cuckoo Sushi Club, a stylish Japanese restaurant that easily serves some of the most creative and unique dishes on the mountain, perfect for when you begin to crave something other than traditional Alpine cuisine. If you want a luxury experience, try the VIP Gondola, a custom-made gondola with a twist offering fantastic views of the Matterhorn and a bottle of champagne to enjoy.
Italy has always been known for its blend of intricate history, wonderful culture and mouth-watering cuisine; throw skiing into the mix and you have a recipe for one of the best ski resorts in the world. Courmayeur brings great Italian home-made cooking to the mountains and with such a short transfer time from Geneva, it is a perfect weekend destination for skiing foodies.
For those looking for pizza, pasta and all things Italian, Courmayeur delivers in abundance. Try the Ristorante Chalet Plan Gorret where you can dine on fantastic fresh ravioli and Mediterranean-influenced dishes, or, sit by the bar and enjoy wonderful antipasti with an espresso macchiato. A host of foodie events take place all year round such as the annual Chef in Commune which attracts famous chefs worldwide.