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Our favorite gourmand ski lodges

In case your vacation includes taking to the slopes in type, food and drinks can add an opulent completion to your journey. After working up an urge for food in your favorite runs, there’s nothing fairly like descending the mountain understanding a 5-star meal awaits you. Listed here are a couple of of our favorite lodges for a eating expertise as beautiful because the view.

Resort Rosa Alpina, San Cassiano

Set within the gorgeous village of San Cassiano in Badia, Resort Rosa Alpina has true allure and class, in addition to two mouthwatering restaurant menus to pattern. Lovers of all issues melted ought to dip into restaurant Fondue the place cheese and meat fondues are served in an intimate setting, adopted by a chocolate variation for dessert. The three Michelin-starred St Hubertus is led by Chef Norbert Niederkofler, who combines a love of journey with a ardour for dwelling cooking. Mountain specialities embrace eel and smoked broth, snail and polenta, and pigeon and Koji sauce with elderberries.

Resort Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano

With three eating places, a vineyard, a chocolate room and a cheese room, it’s secure to say that Resort Ciasa Salares, nestled within the Dolomites, is a foodie’s heaven. Restaurant Salares is dwelling to genuine, home-cooked meals, handed down via generations, with the motto: “If God had supposed us to comply with recipes, he wouldn’t have given us grandmothers”. You’ll be able to order intriguing dishes like guinea fowl tortellini, saffron, wild goats cheese and mushroom tortellini, or lemon gnocchi with lamb sweetbreads. Don’t neglect to depart room to pattern a number of the 40 forms of sweets (as if you want an incentive).

Resort Portetta, Courchevel

Resort Portetta has a heat ambiance, wood-lined inside and baggage of allure. With ski-in ski-out entry you’ll be racing right down to pattern the night delicacies from menus that change each seasonally and day by day. Cucina Angelina by Angela Hartnett offers informal but tremendous eating, with classics like steak, rabbit pasta and romanesco-crust cod. Hearth and Ice is an opulent expertise: a bar proper on the backside of the primary piste with log-burning fires, a pizza oven, ice photographs and fur snugs to maintain you cosy when you indulge.

Taj-I-Mah, Les Arcs

Taj-I-Mah was the primary 5-star lodge to grace the wild and well-loved slopes at Les Arcs. The 2 eating places are overseen by Michelin-starred chef Éric Samson. Le Diamant Noir is a gourmand institution specialising in that black diamond, the truffle. Different delights embrace marbled duck foie gras, saddle of lamb and seaweed-marinated scallops. L’Atelier d’Eric has a contemporary inside and options present cooking, so you’ll be able to watch gifted chef Damien Ruffier as he prepares your dish. Deal with your self to beechwood smoked salmon, pumpkin soup or gratin of pasta with truffle and Savoie ham.

Resort Das Central, Solden

In Austria’s standard and spectacular Solden resort, Das Central sits in pleasure of place as the one 5-star lodge. The attractive constructing is awash with greenery, flowers and a picket inside and exterior, that includes not solely three eating places, however a wine cellar, lounge, underground fondue restaurant and an on-mountain gourmand expertise. Perched on the Gaislachkogl, at three,048 metres above sea stage, is the ice Q bar, which was featured in James Bond. You’ll be able to get pleasure from a snippet of Bond’s way of life right here, with drinks, tapas and suggestions from PINO 3000, the lodge’s personal non-public wine cellar. There’s additionally the Ötztaler Stube the place Tirolean delicacies blends with tremendous eating, culminating in dishes like saddle of venison with dumplings and iced glowing wine praline for dessert.

Resort Arlberg Hospiz, St Anton

Resort Arlberg Hospiz takes its identify from its 1300s origins as a staging publish for travellers on their solution to Austria through St Anton. It’s been run for generations by the Werner household, and retains a comfy ski lodge ambiance. With the ‘dine round’ package deal you’ll be able to attempt all 5 eating places, and, after all, nip into the wine cellar, which is accessible through a slide. The lodge’s quirky ambiance extends into its menu, with roasted saddle of veal, lobster pasta, crispy fillet of pike, and tonka bean choco-fondant to complete.

Craig Burton is Managing Director of Ski Options. Ski Options is the UK’s authentic ski journey agent with over 30 years’ expertise in delivering high-end ski holidays to Europe and North America.

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