It’s easy to work up an appetite after an entire day (or even just a morning) out on the slopes. So slip into some furry boots, zip up your jacket, and head over to one of these great ski resort restaurants found across Canada to indulge in some delicious food and drink.
Araxi (Whistler, BC)
After a quick change out of your ski attire, you’ll feel right at home at Araxi’s oyster bar or more formal dining room. Expertly prepared sustainable seafood is the name of the game at one of Whistler’s premier eateries. Try a meaty sturgeon steak with buffalo ricotta gnocchi, or seared west coast scallops with pine nuts and roasted rutabaga as you watch the snow fall gently through the window.
The Brewhouse (Whistler, BC)
With two levels, ample seating, loads of beer on tap and lively crowds, there’s no way you’ll walk through the doors of Brewhouse and not have a good time. Pop in with a friend for a pint and wood-fired pizza, or bring the whole family because this place fits the bill for just about anyone.
Eagles Eye at Kicking Horse Mountain (Golden, BC)
When you qualify as the highest elevation restaurant in the entire country, jaw-dropping views are expected. You’ll be awestruck not only by your surroundings at Kicking Horse Ski Resort, but even more by the food; dinner options include like duck cassoulet with boar bacon, and wagyu beef and lobster tail accompanied by a truffled yam purée.
Eagle’s Nest Canadian Bistro (Sunshine Village, AB)
In the past few years, Sunshine Village has revamped their culinary offerings, including Eagle’s Nest at Sunshine Village, Alberta. From seared foie gras with a red wine reduction and toasted brioche to sturgeon caviar and buckwheat blinis, you’ll soon realize that this spot is a step above typical ski hill eateries.
The Globe Cafe and Tapas Bar (Big White, BC)
This two-part space that’s part casual coffee bar and part Spanish-inspired restaurant is a great place to unwind midday or après-ski on the beautiful mountain of Big White. Sharing plates of patatas bravas, roasted heirloom carrots and empanadas are nice and filling, without making you feel stuffed. End your meal with their tabletop s’mores platter made up of chocolate, graham crackers and house-made marshmallows (and a little fire to roast them on) — because that’s the deliciously right thing to do.
Kaytoo (Blue Mountain, ON)
Though you won’t find any grand mountain ranges in Ontario, you will find Blue Mountain, a popular winter destination that’s perfect for a weekend of wintery fun. Geared towards a younger demographic, head to Kaytoo for a casual lunch or early dinner of burgers and nachos, before the DJs start spinning and the place gets packed at night.
The Observatory on Grouse Mountain (North Vancouver, BC) t
Some people love to do the “Grouse grind” during the summer, hiking up this mountain across the water from the Vancouver city centre. But come winter, it’s more seasonally appropriate to be wisked up to the top for some grub. This spot can arguably be a little touristy, but the view of the heart of Vancouver — especially later in the evening when the city sparkles in the night — is worth the trouble.
Sawyer’s Nook (Lake Louise, AB)
Located on the back side of this popular Alberta winter destination, you’ll find casual comfort food like homemade bison meatloaf, chicken pot pie and hearty chili in this cabin-like restaurant. After skiing all over Lake Louise in the morning, you might find it hard to leave the coziness of this spot once you sit down, unzip your jacket and just relax.
The Village Idiot Bar and Grill (Revelstoke, BC)
Although this bar isn’t within skiing distance from the mountain trails, it certainly has a lot of charm; with seat backs made out of old skis, tasty burgers and plenty of friendly mountain town folk, this place is fun through-and-through. If you’re a fan of down and dirty pizzas like I am, you need to order the “Bacon Double Cheeseburger”. Yes, it’s a burger with essentially all the toppings you’d expect to come on a burger and it’s oh, so good.
Ya’Oooo Pizza Bar (Mont Tremblant, QC
Don’t let the name fool you — Ya’Oooo is about as far away from the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, located in the village at the base of Mont Tremblant. Swing by after your last run to hit up their happy hour, or bring the whole family in for dinner. Everyone can agree on pizza, right?