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Ski Country's Best Restaurants With a View

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Part of the allure of ski towns is the scenery. If you're going to drop bank on drinks or dinner, wouldn't it be nice to have a killer view? Curbed Ski thinks so too, which is why we've compiled a list of the best places to sip, snack, or have a blow-out meal while admiring the Alpenglow. Note that most resorts open for the season May 23, and are accepting reservations now.

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Cavell's Restaurant & Terrace

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This luxuriously rustic hotel and spa is über family-friendly. Still, there’s no denying the romance of dining al fresco at Cavell’s Restaurant & Terrace, located just steps from the crystalline waters of Lac Beauvert (do get in a paddle pre-dinner, if you can). Enjoy sophisticated seasonal fare, featuring produce from a local family farm, as well as herbs and vegetables from the on-site greenhouse, and honey from the hotel’s rooftop hives. Don’t forget your camera, because wildlife- elk, deer, possibly even black bear or moose- come to the lake at sunset to water. Often, they’re mere yards away- just remember to stay in your seat. Even without the animals, the views of Mount Edith Cavell and Whistlers Mountain make dining here an experience. Reservations recommended; closed for dinner during winter season.

Lakeview Lounge

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The aquamarine waters of Lake Louise draw visitors from all over the world, with good reason. Make the most of your experience by kicking back with a bottle of wine on the patio of the newly renovated, funky, upscale-mod Lakeview Lounge. Tapas like lamb meatballs with Romesco, and prosciutto-wrapped figs with blue cheese and smoked almonds taste even better with front row views of the lake and Victoria Glacier.

Trail Creek Cabin

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This 1937 cabin harkens back to the Old West, with a touch of alpine ski lodge. The panoramic window provides a front-row view of meadows, woods, and Mt. Baldy, but there’s also a sizeable deck over the namesake creek. In summer, you can drive or take a horse-drawn wagon (reservations required) to the cabin; winter dinner bookings include a round-trip sleigh ride. Tuck in to the seasonal “Western menu,” or opt to enjoy a glass or wine or cocktail by the stone fireplace- summer nights get chilly.

The Granary

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If you’re more of a morning person, breakfast at this stunning lodge and spa is a must. Think Idaho Rainbow Trout and Eggs, Build-your-own-omelets, and French toast with honey butter and berry compote, savored before floor-to-ceiling views of the Grand Tetons. Lunch and dinner feature acclaimed, “upscale mountain-man cooking” (charcuterie, game chili, hearty pastas, steaks).

The St. Regis Deer Valley

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The sophisticated trappings of the J & G Grill include a menu of “light fare” developed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Despite that, the food is nothing special, but the bar program is justifiably famous, as is the view; the deck is situated smack on the periphery of Deer Hollow ski run. Give a hangover the boot with the signature 7452 Mary, or fancy up your G & T or vodka with housemade soda (ginger, cherry or passion fruit, anyone?).

Ajax Tavern

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The sundeck of this wildly popular, see-and-be-seen spot at The Little Nell is popular with good reason. It’s not just about the epic burgers and truffle fries (and banging happy hour deals). Its location next to the gondola, at the base of Ajax Mountain, makes for stellar views and people-watching year-round. Make a lunch or dinner reservation, or be prepared for a long wait.

Jimmy's An American Restaurant

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are legendary), but the picture windows facing Aspen’s legendary ski slopes don’t hurt. If you’re lucky enough to be in town when there are fireworks planned, stake a seat at the window or bar; the second-story location makes for some of the best views in town.

Allred's

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Located at the top of the gondola at 10,551 feet, Allred’s is the consummate ski town fine dining experience. Grab a drink in the bar, where high-topped tables afford views of the town and box canyon 1,800 feet below. Move over to the main dining room for upscale mountain fare like game and steak, although you’ll also find seafood and vegan entrees. You’ll need to make a reservation; when you do, request a table near the massive picture windows. You might want to wear a bib, as you’re sure to be distracted by the view.

Chambers Landing Bar

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Ask any Tahoeite where to grab a bite and a brew with a view, and they’ll tell you to head to this funky shack on a pier in Homewood. The menu features the usual suspects like burgers, salads, and grilled bratwurst. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge

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A North Shore institution, this lakeside spot is never not hopping, especially at brunch. To avoid the hordes, stake a seat on the deck well before sunset, and order a pitcher or a round. Repeat as needed, but be aware that the location is somewhat isolated, so you’ll need to designate a driver or pony up for a cab.

Cavell's Restaurant & Terrace

This luxuriously rustic hotel and spa is über family-friendly. Still, there’s no denying the romance of dining al fresco at Cavell’s Restaurant & Terrace, located just steps from the crystalline waters of Lac Beauvert (do get in a paddle pre-dinner, if you can). Enjoy sophisticated seasonal fare, featuring produce from a local family farm, as well as herbs and vegetables from the on-site greenhouse, and honey from the hotel’s rooftop hives. Don’t forget your camera, because wildlife- elk, deer, possibly even black bear or moose- come to the lake at sunset to water. Often, they’re mere yards away- just remember to stay in your seat. Even without the animals, the views of Mount Edith Cavell and Whistlers Mountain make dining here an experience. Reservations recommended; closed for dinner during winter season.

Lakeview Lounge

The aquamarine waters of Lake Louise draw visitors from all over the world, with good reason. Make the most of your experience by kicking back with a bottle of wine on the patio of the newly renovated, funky, upscale-mod Lakeview Lounge. Tapas like lamb meatballs with Romesco, and prosciutto-wrapped figs with blue cheese and smoked almonds taste even better with front row views of the lake and Victoria Glacier.

Trail Creek Cabin

This 1937 cabin harkens back to the Old West, with a touch of alpine ski lodge. The panoramic window provides a front-row view of meadows, woods, and Mt. Baldy, but there’s also a sizeable deck over the namesake creek. In summer, you can drive or take a horse-drawn wagon (reservations required) to the cabin; winter dinner bookings include a round-trip sleigh ride. Tuck in to the seasonal “Western menu,” or opt to enjoy a glass or wine or cocktail by the stone fireplace- summer nights get chilly.

The Granary

If you’re more of a morning person, breakfast at this stunning lodge and spa is a must. Think Idaho Rainbow Trout and Eggs, Build-your-own-omelets, and French toast with honey butter and berry compote, savored before floor-to-ceiling views of the Grand Tetons. Lunch and dinner feature acclaimed, “upscale mountain-man cooking” (charcuterie, game chili, hearty pastas, steaks).

The St. Regis Deer Valley

The sophisticated trappings of the J & G Grill include a menu of “light fare” developed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Despite that, the food is nothing special, but the bar program is justifiably famous, as is the view; the deck is situated smack on the periphery of Deer Hollow ski run. Give a hangover the boot with the signature 7452 Mary, or fancy up your G & T or vodka with housemade soda (ginger, cherry or passion fruit, anyone?).

Ajax Tavern

The sundeck of this wildly popular, see-and-be-seen spot at The Little Nell is popular with good reason. It’s not just about the epic burgers and truffle fries (and banging happy hour deals). Its location next to the gondola, at the base of Ajax Mountain, makes for stellar views and people-watching year-round. Make a lunch or dinner reservation, or be prepared for a long wait.

Jimmy's An American Restaurant

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are legendary), but the picture windows facing Aspen’s legendary ski slopes don’t hurt. If you’re lucky enough to be in town when there are fireworks planned, stake a seat at the window or bar; the second-story location makes for some of the best views in town.

Allred's

Located at the top of the gondola at 10,551 feet, Allred’s is the consummate ski town fine dining experience. Grab a drink in the bar, where high-topped tables afford views of the town and box canyon 1,800 feet below. Move over to the main dining room for upscale mountain fare like game and steak, although you’ll also find seafood and vegan entrees. You’ll need to make a reservation; when you do, request a table near the massive picture windows. You might want to wear a bib, as you’re sure to be distracted by the view.

Chambers Landing Bar

Ask any Tahoeite where to grab a bite and a brew with a view, and they’ll tell you to head to this funky shack on a pier in Homewood. The menu features the usual suspects like burgers, salads, and grilled bratwurst. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge

A North Shore institution, this lakeside spot is never not hopping, especially at brunch. To avoid the hordes, stake a seat on the deck well before sunset, and order a pitcher or a round. Repeat as needed, but be aware that the location is somewhat isolated, so you’ll need to designate a driver or pony up for a cab.