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Top Five Mountain Restaurants

For some unknown reason (probably something to do with the amount of energy expended during a ski day) food always seems to taste better on the mountain. Be it fondue, rosti or gulasch, a week in the mountains comes with a whole range of fantastic food.
Every big ski area can boast a specialty or three, most often with heavy quantities of cheese involved, almost everywhere sells a house burger, while carbs come by the dozen. And the best bit? All that exercise all day means that you can indulge without feeling too guilty. 
So with all the options available, where do you go to get the very best mountain food? 

1. Chez  Vrony

As one of Europe’s premier luxury resorts, Zermatt has no shortage of fabulous mountain restaurants. Chez Vrony is just one of them. It offers guests stunning views from sunny balconies, with stylish furnishing, Alpine charm and an eclectic mix of traditional and off-beat recipes. This place is in demand enough to need two sittings at lunch time, so either book, or be prepared to wait while they try and fit you in last minute.
Bel Air Restaurant photo credit Bel Air
Bel Air Restaurant photo credit Bel Air

2. Bel Air

In a resort filled with Russian Oligarchs, it’s not like there is a shortage of good food around. Bel Air is parked at the top of Courchevel Moriond, and slightly out of the way for anyone staying in the fabulous Courchevel 1850. It’s well worth skiing over though, with great food, several sunny terraces and excellent Alpine views on offer. Service is superb, with the host, Christophe, making the effort to talk to every customer.

3. Edelweiss

The Edelweiss, in popular Val d’Isere, is one of those establishments that just oozes mountain charm. Known for its romantic atmosphere, this is a tiny, stone and wood chalet, with a large sun terrace. It’s the sort of place you can easily spend an afternoon at, whether you’re enjoying the sun or sheltering from the poor conditions inside. 
L'Ancolie photo credit L'Ancolie
L'Ancolie photo credit L'Ancolie

4. L’Ancolie

Ski access to this mountain hut is tricky, with access from La Plagne via an off piste trail (only do this with a guide or the correct equipment... you know the drill), or you can catch a bus or taxi from Peisey-Vallandry. The restaurant itself is in Peisey-Nancroix, and serves classic local food and wine. If you are determined to ski down the powder fields (and I wouldn’t blame you if you did), you probably want to be at least a confident intermediate. 

5. Hospiz Alm

Hospiz Alm is the classic Austrian Alpine retreat, as one of the older five star hotels around (once upon a time, my parents were married here) it’s got boat loads of traditional style, with a roaring fire, traditionally clothed waiters and a huge menu that is guaranteed to have everything you might want during your lunch stop. Meals here can be accompanied by wine from Austria’s best cellar.