Manzanita • Lake Tahoe, CA
Duck Meatballs with Figs & a Rhône Valley Red
Avid skier Traci Des Jardins, an F&W Best New Chef 1995, serves crab sliders and Five Dot Ranch burgers at this mid-mountain spot in the Ritz-Carlton Highlands at Northstar Resort. She pairs her duck meatballs with a Rhône red from the 1,400-bottle wine list.
The Little Nell • Aspen, CO
At Aspen’s newly renovated The Little Nell hotel (top right), frozen skiers thaw themselves with drinks like the Snow White—double espresso and steamed milk spiked with white-chocolate Godiva liqueur and Frangelico—while they wait to eat chef Ryan Hardy’s superb farm-to-table cooking at Montagna restaurant.
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Ski Country Pizza and Beer • Stowe, VT
Rock Art Brewery makes an exclusive ale for Hourglass, the locavore-minded bar at the year-old Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. It pairs extraordinarily well with chef Sean Buchanan’s artisanal pizzas like the Hellbrook, with blue cheese and bacon.