Scapolo’s (Italian for “bachelor”) is located on the first floor of the mid-mountain Pine Marten Lodge. The menu features open-hearth gourmet pizzas, fresh garden salads, hot soups, wine, and a variety of microbrews on tap. On the deck they serve BBQ items including hamburgers and hotdogs. Weekends from 5-8 p.m.
For on-mountain pizza delivery, a place to mingle with locals, and great apres-ski deals, you can't beat the Shipyard Brewhaus.
Located in the Sugarloaf Inn, this restaurant is open everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During the ski season, the bar has live music every weekend, an open-mic night, and daily après-ski deals. A full line of Shipyard Beers, which are brewed locally in Maine, are available on tap, and the restaurant has the only pizza delivery service available on the mountain. Carrabassett Valley, Maine | 207.237.6837 | sugarloaf.com
This restaurant is a local favorite for it's delicious Italian-inspired and warm atmosphere.
Visit this European-style bistro to get an authentic Italian eating experience. The owner, Cristina, believes dining is about more than just food, and caters to each guest’s needs. There is a deli case with cheese and meat selections, as well as take-away food like homemade pasta salad. Cristina makes picnic boxes, chilled soups to go, dinners to go, you name it. The restaurant is primarily a locals place, but visitors occasionally stumble upon the not-so-secret salmon-colored restaurant. Guests can also have a private dinner, or enjoy a fireside breakfast before hitting the slopes.
Drive down to Tufulios for happy hour after your ski day.
This Italian restaurant is open year-round every day. They have a full bar, and have happy hour from 4pm to 6pm where you can get cheap drinks and free bar munchies. The casual atmosphere promotes a laid-back vibe, so Tufulios is a local favorite. Try the Chive Chicken in the dining room, which opens at 5pm nightly. Carrabassett Valley, Maine | 207.235.2010
An veggie filled alternative to the traditional ski area cafeteria.
Ski area cafeterias can seem like the same line up of wilted fries and soggy chicken sandwiches. To remedy that, Rendezvous has a huge salad bar stocked with every kind of veggie you could possibly want. They also have the traditional chili and burgers line up for those who want something heavier. www.snowbird.com
Alf’s menu runs the usual on-mountain gamut. Burgers, beer, sandwiches, and soups are par for the course, but the expansive view makes it special. There is also a display of Alta artifacts, including antique skis, inside. www.alta.com; (801) 799-2295
Load up on an all you can eat breakfast buffet at The Atrium. They also serve lunch during the winter, and every Sunday they have a no-holds-barred brunch spread. Head straight to the baked goods, which are all made in house. www.snowbird.com; 801-933-2140
Want a serious breakfast before you hit the slopes? Stop by the Forklift on your way to the hill. Try the blueberry pancakes or the eggs benedict. Also open for lunch if your huge breakfast doesn’t see you through to après. www.snowbird.com; 801-933-2440