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casual dining

The Sweet Life

The Sweet Life
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This family-friendly diner-style restaurant specializes in all types of sweets, as well as a variety of burgers, salads, and hot dogs.

This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and is very kid friendly. They make multiple different sweets, including over 250 flavors of homemade ice cream, cupcakes, and s’mores.  Start out with some grilled cheese dippers: grilled cheese sticks that you dip in tomato soup.  Try the Rachel, for a different take on the classic Reuben: oven roasted turkey, coleslaw, and melted Swiss cheese and special sauce. They’ve also got a huge selection of hot dogs, burgers, and salads.

Snowflake Drive in

Snowflake Drive in
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Enjoy drive-in style dining.

This old-school drive in has soft-serve and burgers. Try the chili fries and enjoy a local classic that’s been around for ages.
3059 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-6377

Freshies in Tahoe

Freshies in Tahoe
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Try the famous fish tacos.

Summertime means the patio is open, and you can enjoy fresh fish tacos while enjoying the view. Hawaiin style ribs, organic meats and fresh salads round out the menu. Call (530) 542-3630 or visit for more.

Pizza Carlo

Pizza Carlo
The Italians are on to something. What they created as a high-calorie snack before meals, we've turned into an ultimate apres-ski indulgence. Like most everything else on our list, it is highly customizable and is pretty hard to screw up. You'll be hard-pressed to find a base lodge or apres place without some pizza on the menu. It's cheap for restaurants and cafes to make, easy to find ski-bums to serve it, and delicious in all its varieties.
Where to Find: The Legendary Beau Jo's, Idaho Springs, Durango, and Steamboat Springs, CO. It's called a Mountain Pie for a reason. If any SkiNet user can finish their challenge, we'll send you some swag.
Follow it With: Honey on the crust. Trust us, it's delicious.
The tastiest pie in the village.

Most employees are ski bums, so you’ll get a no-fuss, delicious pizza-pie. Order pizza by the slice (perfect for lunchtime), try a giant calzone, or a signature pizza. They also serve subs and salads to please those who don’t enjoy a good pie.

214 Ten Mile Circle

Copper Junction Building

Frisco, CO 80443

(970) 968-3112


Backcountry Brewery

Backcountry Brewery
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Enjoy a tasty beer or burger in downtown Frisco.

The tastiest beers and burgers are at the Backcountry Brewery, in downtown Frisco. This brewpub is the perfect way to top off a cold day on the hill. Play pool, try a locally crafter beer, and enjoy traditional pub fare, like Onion Rings or a Southwest Chili Burger. Visit for more info.

Earthly Delights

Earthly Delights

Manicured and easy-going. Family-friendly in creative ways. Brimming with dynamic, leading-edge terrain park innovation, yet very—and we do mean very—spiffed up. With the November ribbon-cutting of the mid-slope Ritz-Carlton Highlands (a 170-room grand hotel unparalleled in the mountains of the Far West), Northstar-at-Tahoe joins the ranks of elite, full-service destination resorts. And to think this former-cinder-cone-turned-tree-farm was once a Tahoe skier’s afterthought.

Cruise in sweet solitude through Lookout Mountain’s glades on a powder day. Pull your squirming toddler and gear from curbside to liftline in a free handcart supplied for this very purpose. Ski lap after high-speed lap on pine-flanked pitches covered in easy-carving corduroy. Hop a box and hit a few easy rails in the Burton Progression mini-park with your elementary schooler—or even sign on for a morning’s instruction at the innovative Burton Academy—and try not to find yourself feeling cool. After the lifts close, enjoy regional cheeses and fine California whites by the glass at Olivier Napa while your tweens skate on the adjacent free outdoor rink. Or gaze at alpenglow and treetops while melting into the waters of the Ritz-Carlton’s new 17,000-square-foot Highlands Spa.

Amidst all these pleasurable sensations, one thing will quickly become clear: Far from being a Tahoe afterthought, recent improvements at Northstar and its dynamic new Village have been meticulously planned. Best of all, Northstar’s thoughtful touches extend across a range of economic brackets. So whether your ideal ski day lunch is a brown-bag picnic on a bench with a view, heaping plates of crafted-from-scratch Mexican food on a sun deck with the masses or epicurean creations from acclaimed Bay Area chef Traci Des Jardins at the Ritz-Carlton’s new Manzanita, Northstar delivers. It may not have the stirring steeps of some of Tahoe’s other signature spots, but it now has nearly everything else.

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MUST DO Check out the grand front entrance of the Ritz-Carlton and its multi-tiered lobby’s “big tree” design, with a grand staircase winding up a central “trunk,” canopied by faux branches and leaves of etched glass.

MUST SKI Lookout Mountain’s Prosser, just after it has been groomed, for a near perfect taste of gravity and speed.

APRÈS Cocktails and nibbles on the Ritz’s slopeside/poolside “beach” or in the lobby bar—both great for pampering and people-watching. Olivier Napa for great wines by the glass; The Chocolate Bar for cocoa-infused adult beverages and other treats.

DINING On mountain: The Summit Deck for rotisserie platters; the Lodge at Big Springs for Mexican food. At the Ritz: Manzanita for California French with a focus on regionally sourced ingredients (ask for the chef’s table). In the Village: Baxter’s for American comfort food with a touch of gourmet San Francisco flair; Mikuni for stylized sushi.

LODGING The new Ritz-Carlton Highlands Lake Tahoe is California skiing’s plushest ski-in, ski-out full-service hotel; Village-at-Northstar condos are lift-adjacent, central to all the action and roomy, particularly at One Village Place and Great Bear; Northstar’s earlier era of homes and condos offer great value;


Lunch to go.

A gourmet deli and market right in the village. Earthly Delights has a wide-ranging breakfast and lunch menu as well as produce and sandwich makings. Plus, they have a full wine bar. Perfect if you want meals to go.; (530) 587-7793

The Rack

Extend your après.

Stop at the Rack on the way down the hill to extend your après session. They usually have a band or other live entertainment. And, they have a full menu including a kids specific one.; 207.237.2211


Rowdy fun for the whole family.

Gepetto’s, near the base of the Super Quad, is know for getting a little rowdy. They often have live music, and there is an arcade downstairs to keep the kiddos happy. Oh yeah, and the wide-ranging menu isn’t bad either.; 207.237.2192

The Bag & Kettle

The Bag & Kettle
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An English-style pub with a relaxed Maine vibe and freshly-brewed beer.

Despite its remote location, Sugarloaf, Maine, features a surprising array of good restaurants. But one slopeside establishment really tugs at the gutstrings, and we mean that in a good way: The Bag & Kettle. It’s an English-style pub with a relaxed Maine vibe. The classic Bag Burger—a six-ounce beef patty served with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, curly fries, and top-secret “Bag Sauce”—won Best Burger in Skiing’s 2008 Resort Awards. Beer is brewed on site. We recommend the strong yet mild Potato Ale. [207-237-2451]


Homemade, fresh, delicious breakfast and lunch.

D’Ellies, right at the top of Main St. in the Sugarloaf village, is everything you could want in a deli. The serve homemade, fresh, delicious breakfast and lunch, and killer baked goods. Try a super quad breakfast sandwich or a Greek veggie sandwich.; 207-237-2490

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