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On powder mornings, you wake up early, call the snow report, bring the coffee to go, maybe grab some breakfast on the way, and make sure you're on the lift before anything is tracked out. This map is for the other days. Sometimes, a good, old-fashioned, take-your-time diner breakfast is just what's needed. No questions asked about why. To make sure Curbed Ski readers had a resource for where to find the best fare, we present the 9 best diners in ski country.


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1. Jax at the Tracks

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10144 W River St
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 550-7450
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Once something has been featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" it's no longer a well-kept secret, but Jax at the Tracks is a Truckee landmark that no one should skip.

2. Hickory House Ribs

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730 W Main St
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-2313
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The ribs are touted as the best in Colorado, but what if you added eggs to that meal. Now you're talking. Hickory House serves up classic diner favorites that are just as good as its award-winning barbecue.

3. The Cafe at the Inn on the Gallatin

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Gallatin Rd
Big Sky, MT 59730
(406) 763-4243
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The name, The Cafe at the Inn on the Gallatin, is almost as much of a mouthful as all the classic breakfast options on the menu. Whether it's the signature eggs bene or a Denver omelet in Big Sky, you'll walk away satisfied.

4. Nora's Fish Creek Inn

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5600 WY-22
Wilson, WY 83014
(307) 733-8288
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How often is it that your diner breakfast crosses paths with a James Beard award? Well, take it all in at Nora's in Wilson, near Jackson.

5. Johnny B Good's

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738 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 870-8400
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It doesn't get much more classic diner than this. Get there early to take advantage of what might be one of the best specials in ski country.

6. Road Island Diner

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981 W Weber Canyon Rd
Kamas, UT 84036
(435) 783-3467
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It's a bit of a drive from Park City, but Road Island Diner overflows with classic diner nostalgia. Any aficionado of diner breakfast should make a special stop.

7. Jake's Diner

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2210 US-20
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 382-0118
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This truck stop turned diner has a long history in Bend, and even though it's been through multiple owners now, it's still going strong.

8. McCarthy's Restaurant

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454 Mountain Rd
Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 253-8626
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McCarthy's is a traditional breakfast if not strictly diner-style, but it still has enough ardent fans to win a spot on this list.

9. Penny's Diner

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98 Moffat Ave
Yampa, CO 80483
(970) 638-1000
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This Penny's Diner will have to stand in for all the other Penny's Diners that are attached to Oak Tree Inns across the country, of which more than you would assume are generally contiguous to ski country writ large.

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1. Jax at the Tracks

10144 W River St, Truckee, CA 96161
Once something has been featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" it's no longer a well-kept secret, but Jax at the Tracks is a Truckee landmark that no one should skip.
10144 W River St
Truckee, CA 96161

2. Hickory House Ribs

730 W Main St, Aspen, CO 81611
The ribs are touted as the best in Colorado, but what if you added eggs to that meal. Now you're talking. Hickory House serves up classic diner favorites that are just as good as its award-winning barbecue.
730 W Main St
Aspen, CO 81611

3. The Cafe at the Inn on the Gallatin

Gallatin Rd, Big Sky, MT 59730
The name, The Cafe at the Inn on the Gallatin, is almost as much of a mouthful as all the classic breakfast options on the menu. Whether it's the signature eggs bene or a Denver omelet in Big Sky, you'll walk away satisfied.
Gallatin Rd
Big Sky, MT 59730

4. Nora's Fish Creek Inn

5600 WY-22, Wilson, WY 83014
How often is it that your diner breakfast crosses paths with a James Beard award? Well, take it all in at Nora's in Wilson, near Jackson.
5600 WY-22
Wilson, WY 83014

5. Johnny B Good's

738 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
It doesn't get much more classic diner than this. Get there early to take advantage of what might be one of the best specials in ski country.
738 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

6. Road Island Diner

981 W Weber Canyon Rd, Kamas, UT 84036
It's a bit of a drive from Park City, but Road Island Diner overflows with classic diner nostalgia. Any aficionado of diner breakfast should make a special stop.
981 W Weber Canyon Rd
Kamas, UT 84036

7. Jake's Diner

2210 US-20, Bend, OR 97701
This truck stop turned diner has a long history in Bend, and even though it's been through multiple owners now, it's still going strong.
2210 US-20
Bend, OR 97701

8. McCarthy's Restaurant

454 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
McCarthy's is a traditional breakfast if not strictly diner-style, but it still has enough ardent fans to win a spot on this list.
454 Mountain Rd
Stowe, VT 05672

9. Penny's Diner

98 Moffat Ave, Yampa, CO 80483
This Penny's Diner will have to stand in for all the other Penny's Diners that are attached to Oak Tree Inns across the country, of which more than you would assume are generally contiguous to ski country writ large.
98 Moffat Ave
Yampa, CO 80483