Seven places to grab slopeside food while skiing in Colorado

Seven places to grab slopeside food while skiing in Colorado

By Kelly HepburnSpecial to The Denver Post

A full day on the slopes can cause your body to burn though some serious calories. Staying fueled and hydrated are key to being able to make it to the end of the day. Gone are the days of cups of noodles and smashed PB&Js. Here are a few spots to really satisfy those snack attacks, without taking too much time off the hill.

Taco Beast

The Taco Beast debuted on the slopes at Steamboat this year. (Provided by Steamboat Ski Resort)

Mountain: Steamboat
Where to find it: Roaming around the mountain. Follow it on Instagram using hashtag #tacobeaststeamboat to find its current location.

Street tacos, or shall we say “trail” tacos, made their winter debut for the 2018/19 ski season. The taco-equipped snowcat remained stationary at the base of the mountain this summer, but began roaming the mountain on opening day, taking “slopeside” dining to the next level. The Taco Beast features a variety of tacos, including beef barbacoa, elk chorizo, pollo asado and a veggie option, Esquites (Mexican street corn, off the cobb), as well as a variety of Mexican sodas.

Waffle Cabin

Waffle Cabin at Winter Park Resort offers Liège-style Belgian waffles, plain or drizzled with creamy smooth Belgian chocolate. (Carl Frey, provided by Winter Park Resort)

Mountain: Winter Park Resort
Where to find it: Three locations: in the village, next to the Olympia lift and next to the Gemini Express lift

Take a mouth-watering journey to Belgium without leaving the ski resort. Waffle Cabin offers Liège-style Belgian waffles, plain or drizzled with creamy smooth Belgian chocolate. Grab one in the village before getting on the chair at the base, or ski in to scoop one up next to the Olympia Lift. Wash it down with a hot cocoa, coffee or cider. A sugar high may just give you that extra energy boost you needed to get a few more runs in.

Koko’s Hut

The deck of Koko’s Hut offers views of the Ten Mile Range. (Tripp Fay, provided by Copper Mountain Resort)

Mountain: Copper Mountain
Where to find it: At the top of the new Kokomo Express Lift

Kokomo is no longer kokoslow — the new express lift will zip you right up to Koko’s Hut for a quick snack in four minutes. Offering traditional favorites such as grilled cheese, hand pies and (unsmashed) PB&Js, this beginner-friendly lodge is a great option for newbies to recharge and take in the incredible views of Copper Mountain and the Ten Mile Range.

The Coop

People grab food from The Coop. (Cody Mendoza, Breceknridge Ski Resort)

Mountain: Breckenridge Ski Resort
Where to find it: Walk-up window outside of Sevens restaurant at the base of the Imperial Chairlift on Peak 7

They say you are what you eat, but no one wants to be a chicken on the mountain. However, you can now get your protein fix at the grab-and-go express window at Sevens at the base of Peak 7. Ski in, stash your skis, grab your chicken and then fly the coop. Now we know why the chicken crossed the road… to get back on the chairlift.

Labonte’s Smokehouse BBQ

Labontes Smokehouse BBQ’s pulled pork sandwich. Mallory Van Zyl, Vail Resorts)

Mountain: Keystone Resort
Where to find it: At the base of North Peak and the intersection of the Santiago and Ruby Express lifts, accessed by skiing or snowboarding down.

Take a trip to the Outback, Keystone’s farthest and tallest peak, to — no, not have a Bloomin’ Onion — earn your turns for a real barbecue treat. Hike to incredible terrain or even take a snowcat to some of the best stashes, then ski or ride down to the base of the North Peak to grab some of the best bbq around. The secret is always in the sauce, but the house-smoked brisket, pulled pork, turkey and brats might spill the beans to your taste buds. Grab an Adirondack chair, soak in the sunshine and enjoy the tunes on the snow beach. As long as the lifts are running, Labonte’s will be open for business.

The Ice Cream Parlour

Beaver Creek’s Ice Cream Parlor also chocolate chip cookies. (Jack Affleck, provided by Vail Resorts)

Mountain: Beaver Creek
Where to find it: Inside the Ranch at the top of Haymeadow Park (via the Haymeadow Express Gondola, which is free to ride on foot)

Sometimes you may want to chill out after doing hot laps all day. Travel back in time to this vintage ice cream shop, where you will find single-scoop ice cream. Don’t blow this popsicle stand without trying their signature Cookie Time Milkshake, which boasts Beaver Creek’s famous chocolate chip cookies and a small-batch flavor from Boulder Ice Cream (find just the cookies for free at the base of Lift 6 at 3 p.m.). The Parlour also serves sandwiches and soups.

6th Alley Bar & Grill

Mountain: Arapahoe Basin
Where to find it: Base Area in the Mountain Goat Plaza

Liquid lunch? Why not? The infamous Bacon Bloody is like a meal in and of itself. The bacon-infused vodka is accompanied by most of the major food groups: a house-spiced tomato juice, a strip of bacon (that somehow it remains at attention and crispy until the end), a zippy pepperoncini pepper and topped off with an olive. There’s a reason why it has won best Bloody Mary in Summit County for the past six years. Grab one from the bar and head out to the deck, where you can get an epic shot of your Bloody Mary in front of the slopes. (Pro- tip: We would not advise posting this to your insta story if you called out sick that day…)

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