A DAY OF SCHUSSING MEANS WORKING UP A SUPER APPETITE. GOOD THING WE FOUND THESE THREE NEW RESORT-TOWN EATERIES
Ski hard, sup large. Winter resorts exist for the corporal pleasures of exercise and eats. Dig into untracked territory at this trio of new ski-area restaurants.
Aspen, Colorado: MONTANGA, The Little Nell
675 E. Durant, (888) 843-6355
The Restaurant at the venerable Little Nell hotel morphed into Montanga for this season, introducing new design and culinary direction. Richard Chamberlain, the Nell’s inaugural chef back in 1989, returns as the Nell’s culinary director, bringing Alpine cooking to Aspen. Relax into cushy, colorful banquettes between gourmet bites of rustic mountain fare.
Park City, Utah: WAHSO
577 Main St., (435) 615-0300
The owners of Park City’s popular Grappa and Chimayo restaurants also claim the town’s hottest newcomer, Wahso. A phonetic spelling of the French word for bird, Wahso binds French techniques to Asian fare in dishes like wok-seared lamb chops over tandoori grilled vegetables. The art and antiques strike an indulgent, Shanghai-in-the-’30s vibe.
Telluride, Colorado: ALLRED'S
at Station St. Sophia gondola stop, (970) 728-7474
Location, location, location: Allred’s has it. Hop the free gondola up to 10,535 feet, where this new fine-dining restaurant overlooks the valley below. Chef Bob Scherner, a Charlie Trotter protégé, specializes in regional American fare that changes nightly. An open-hearth fireplace and wood beams salvaged from old mills keep the feel loose rather than starched.