If you love food as much as skiing, treat yourself to a gourmet ski break in one of these resorts. From high-altitude fine dining to slope-side staples, these ski resorts take their mountain cuisine seriously.
While self-service queues and mass mountain eateries are still a fixture, Michelin-starred restaurants, pioneering local chefs and a growing appetite for Haute-ski-cuisine have brought innovation to traditional family-run restaurants and mountains eateries.
Here are our top ski resorts for foodies:
Here you can find 34 mountain restaurants perched on mountain precipices, most with spectacular views of Mont Blanc.
Long before it became the internationally-revered skiing destination it is today, Megève was a peaceful farming village. Benefitting from rich and fertile land (Megève comes from the Celtic name “Mageva”, meaning village on water) the area is renowned for its gastronomy, infused with traditional ingredients which are cultivated or reared in abundance by the 45 surrounding local farms.
Owned by the Edmond Rothschild estate, L’Ideal 1850 is one of the top (and quite literally highest) restaurants in the area, and a decadent option if you don’t mind breaking the bank. Menu highlights include grilled lobster with linguine from their Josper oven, tuna tataki and Rossini-style Angus beef filet with Périgord sauce.
And, if you can’t find a bite to eat up the mountains or in one of Megève’s nine five-star hotels, or five Michelin-starred restaurants, (not sure this will be an issue) there are plenty of culinary delights to be had in the traffic-free cobbled streets of its Medieval centre.
Best value dishes can be found at: Chez Ernestine
Haute Cuisine Hotspot: L’Ideal 1850
There’s a reason why Zermatt is considered a gourmet pilgrimage for the skiers that visit every year with hungry bellies. The resort has the highest concentration of fine dine restaurants, with 17 restaurants in the area, many with Gault Millau points and two with Michelin stars.
Find everything from Peruvian to Asian roti here, with more than 100 restaurants (and around 50 in the mountains) it can be hard to know where to start. And while Zermatt is synonymous with luxury, there are bars and restaurants to suit all budgets here.
For the sheer experience and hospitality, Chez Vrony takes the crown. A large converted farmhouse at 2100m which sits beneath the Sunnegga top station. The restaurant serves fresh, organic local produce and the hosting is headed by Vrony herself. Dish highlights include rosti, fondue and bouillabaisse. Fine wines are paired with all dishes and the views of the Matterhorn are magnificent.
Speaking of Matterhorn views, Findlerhof is another spectacular place to grab a spot of lunch, perched high above the valley with 360° panoramic views. More casual than its neighbour Chez Vrony, Findlerhofen’s braised lamb shank and spaghetti remain popular with both locals and Gault Millau.
For delicious Peruvian sharing plates with a Japanese edge, head to La Muña. But if you’re looking for opulent dining, nothing quite surpasses The Omnia Hotel’s bistro by the same name. The Omnia restaurant, headed by Michelin-starred Chef Hauke Pohl, has the cosy feel of a friend’s house, complete with fireplace and plush furnishings. Menu highlights include the filet Wellington for two, “Holzen” wooly pig and of course, “The Omnia” wiener schnitzel.
Mountain restaurant recommendation: Restaurant du Pont
Best value dishes can be found at: Bontadin
Val Thorens, France
Well-known for its buzzing nightlife (it made it on to our Lively Ski Resorts for Singles, Stag Dos & Hen Parties shortlist) Val Thorens takes some beating when it comes to eating, too.
There are 11 mountainside restaurants to choose from (all complete with sweeping views of Les Trois Vallées), which include Chez Pepe Nicholas. Not to be missed if you’re seeking traditional alpine affair (fondues, raclette, tartiflette) with all the trimmings, in a quintessentially French farmhouse (see their 360-degree tour of the restaurant).
For serious fine dining though, head to five-star Koh-I Nor Hotel. Home to two restaurants headed by Michelin-star chef Eric Sampson, Le Diamont Noir and luxury brasserie L’Atelier d’Eric. Both are exceptional options if you’re looking for something extraordinary. Diamont Noir highlights include the scrambled egg with black truffle and brioche, caramelized veal sweetbread and marbled truffle scallops.
(And, if you want a break from fondue and raclette, there’s Scandinavian seafood to be had at John’s Tex-Mex style grill and bar in town.)
Mountain restaurant recommendation: Chez Pepe Nicholas
Best value dishes can be found at: Wok Ski or The Frog & Roast Beef
Haute Cuisine Hotspot: L’Oxalys or The Fitz Roy
For truly unique cuisine, set against the backdrop of glacial fjords and breath-taking mountains, the Troll Peninsula (or Tröllaskagi) is hard to beat. A great place for people who like fish (both pickled and non-pickled varieties) to go wild.
Most restaurants and bars can be found in the town of Siglufjörður. Popular, bustling Kaffi Rauðka, a red barn which overlooks the marina, serves their national speciality, herring, as well as fish and chips until late.
Hannes Boy is another marina-side restaurant with bright yellow walls outside and warm, contemporary décor within. Stand out dishes include the Deep-fried smælki potatoes served with shrimps or grilled chicken and pork belly with bacon sauerkraut.
Mountain restaurant recommendation: (Not strictly mountainside, but Fish & Chips Siglufjörður is a top pick.)
Best value dishes can be found at: Á Gregors restaurant
Haute Cuisine Hotspot: While haute cuisine is harder to come by in the Peninsula area, for fine Moroccan-Icelandic cuisine Siglunes Restaurant is tough to beat.