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Mapping the 10 Most Delicious Spots for Cheese in Ski Country

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What would winter (and the holidays) be without cheese? From fondue and Raclette to an après cheese plate, it's intrinsically tied to the mountain lifestyle. Curbed Ski knows its way around a cheese case, which is why we've rounded up the best dairy dishes ski country has to offer, from Vail to Stowe. Right this way for our guide to getting your cheese geek on.


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Wedge : A Cheese Shop

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Now entering its second year, Reno’s little cheese shop is thriving and turning the city on to the glory that is specialty cheese. Stock up for après, or get one of the seriously tasty (and obviously, cheesey) sandwiches for an on-the-lift lunch. There are also classes, tastings, and other special events.

Fireside Dining

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Yes, it’s as touristy as all get out, but sometimes it must be done. Add in a horse-drawn sleigh around the restaurant, and order up a pot of fondue or (better) Raclette cooked the traditional way, over an open fire. Reservations required.

Over the Moon

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Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop

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This little slice of heaven from Wendy Mitchell of Basalt’s Avalanche Cheese Company opened in mid-October, and hasn’t slowed down since. In addition to a banging butcher and charcuterie case, there’s a small but thoughtful selection of domestic and import cheeses (Rogue Creamery, Thistle Hill Farmstead), many of which were previously unavailable in the Roaring Fork Valley. The well-priced cheese boards change daily, but don’t deprive yourself of the other delicious offerings, including rotisserie porchetta and chicken boards, and stellar “world farmhouse” cuisine. Save some cash for shopping the delectable array of specialty foods, and lovely cheese- n’ booze-centric housewares.

Restaurant Kelly Liken

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Few restaurants/chefs/pastry chefs really understand cheese, but happily, that’s not the case at this much-loved Vail spot. Top Chef alum Kelly Liken and her crew are cheese geeks, and it shows in harmonious, thoughtful seasonal cheese plates. This time of year, expect offerings like Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy’s First Snow with blood orange marmalade or quince agri-doux, and Beehive Cheese Company’s SeaHive with house-smoked apple butter, spiced honey, and toasted pine nuts with rosemary. Do yourself a favor and ask sommelier Jeremy Campbell for a dessert wine or spirit pairing; he excels at esoteric offerings that will transport you.

Jackson Whole Grocer

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Six months after moving into a ginormous, 40,000-square-foot space, this local’s one-stop shopping spot just may have the best cheese selection in the state, with over 150 offerings, many of which are from the Rocky Mountain Region. Do some tasting (it’s cut-to-order), and pick up some accompaniments at the olive bar for a kickass après ski.

La Creperie Du Village

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Besides being Aspen’s most darling, cozy restaurant- you’ll feel transported to a French mountaintop chalet- La Creperie has the best, most seriously sexy French onion soup around (but there's fondue, too, if you're feeling the craving). The rich, beefy broth topped by mantle of crusty, molten Gruyère is positively seductive: don’t forget to order a bottle of red.

A big-city, bistro-style restaurant with an adjoining bottle and specialty food shop (featuring pizza dough, salumi, and housemade mozzarella? Check. A great beer selection, no corkage (and, since this is Wyoming, you can take any leftover wine home with you? Check. A rotating, reasonably-priced cheese plate? Yes, please, to all of the above.

Rubiners Cheesemongers

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Fish and Game Hudson

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Located in Stowe Mountain Lodge (one of our 38 Essential Ski Hotels), this is a restaurant that celebrates the soul of Vermont. From the hand-carved furniture and custom pottery from in-state artisans, to the bomb cheese plates featuring some of the nation’s preeminent cheesemakers, this is a dining experience reflective of the Green Mountain State’s lush forest and pasture. Look for local offerings from the Von Trapp Farmstead (yes, that Von Trapp family), and award-winning Jasper Hill Farm, based in Greenboro Bend, 32 miles from Stowe.

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Wedge : A Cheese Shop

Now entering its second year, Reno’s little cheese shop is thriving and turning the city on to the glory that is specialty cheese. Stock up for après, or get one of the seriously tasty (and obviously, cheesey) sandwiches for an on-the-lift lunch. There are also classes, tastings, and other special events.

Fireside Dining

Yes, it’s as touristy as all get out, but sometimes it must be done. Add in a horse-drawn sleigh around the restaurant, and order up a pot of fondue or (better) Raclette cooked the traditional way, over an open fire. Reservations required.

Over the Moon

Photo: Nicko Ferguson

Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop

This little slice of heaven from Wendy Mitchell of Basalt’s Avalanche Cheese Company opened in mid-October, and hasn’t slowed down since. In addition to a banging butcher and charcuterie case, there’s a small but thoughtful selection of domestic and import cheeses (Rogue Creamery, Thistle Hill Farmstead), many of which were previously unavailable in the Roaring Fork Valley. The well-priced cheese boards change daily, but don’t deprive yourself of the other delicious offerings, including rotisserie porchetta and chicken boards, and stellar “world farmhouse” cuisine. Save some cash for shopping the delectable array of specialty foods, and lovely cheese- n’ booze-centric housewares.

Restaurant Kelly Liken

Few restaurants/chefs/pastry chefs really understand cheese, but happily, that’s not the case at this much-loved Vail spot. Top Chef alum Kelly Liken and her crew are cheese geeks, and it shows in harmonious, thoughtful seasonal cheese plates. This time of year, expect offerings like Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy’s First Snow with blood orange marmalade or quince agri-doux, and Beehive Cheese Company’s SeaHive with house-smoked apple butter, spiced honey, and toasted pine nuts with rosemary. Do yourself a favor and ask sommelier Jeremy Campbell for a dessert wine or spirit pairing; he excels at esoteric offerings that will transport you.

Jackson Whole Grocer

Six months after moving into a ginormous, 40,000-square-foot space, this local’s one-stop shopping spot just may have the best cheese selection in the state, with over 150 offerings, many of which are from the Rocky Mountain Region. Do some tasting (it’s cut-to-order), and pick up some accompaniments at the olive bar for a kickass après ski.

La Creperie Du Village

Besides being Aspen’s most darling, cozy restaurant- you’ll feel transported to a French mountaintop chalet- La Creperie has the best, most seriously sexy French onion soup around (but there's fondue, too, if you're feeling the craving). The rich, beefy broth topped by mantle of crusty, molten Gruyère is positively seductive: don’t forget to order a bottle of red.

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A big-city, bistro-style restaurant with an adjoining bottle and specialty food shop (featuring pizza dough, salumi, and housemade mozzarella? Check. A great beer selection, no corkage (and, since this is Wyoming, you can take any leftover wine home with you? Check. A rotating, reasonably-priced cheese plate? Yes, please, to all of the above.

Rubiners Cheesemongers

Fish and Game Hudson

Solstice

Located in Stowe Mountain Lodge (one of our 38 Essential Ski Hotels), this is a restaurant that celebrates the soul of Vermont. From the hand-carved furniture and custom pottery from in-state artisans, to the bomb cheese plates featuring some of the nation’s preeminent cheesemakers, this is a dining experience reflective of the Green Mountain State’s lush forest and pasture. Look for local offerings from the Von Trapp Farmstead (yes, that Von Trapp family), and award-winning Jasper Hill Farm, based in Greenboro Bend, 32 miles from Stowe.