There are around eight places to eat on the mountain, located within several different buildings. The Lodge at Sunspot, accessed via the Zephyr Express chairlift, is the resort’s leading choice, set in a spectacular location two vertical miles above sea level, with wonderful views of the Continental Divide and the surrounding Rocky Mountain scenery. The lodge has a table-service dining room open daily, serving Colorado’s finest cuisine. Other food outlets in the lodge include The Provisioner, a high-standard food court, and there’s also a lounge and a coffee shop and bakery on site.
A second choice is Snoasis Market which is located mid-mountain and aims to offer a retro experience next to the Dark Territory terrain park. There’s a deck on which to kick back and relax.
Another option right on top of the mountain at 11,200 feet is Lunch Rock which offers great views of Parry Peak and casual dining including food on the deck. Barbecues are often laid on.
Restaurants In Town
Again there’s a growing choice of eateries in the resort base, with around a dozen options now, as well as the existing choices in the wider Fraser Valley.
At the resort base Doc's Roadhouse is a family friendly option at the base of the Zephyr Express Lift which is open for breakfast at 8am right through to last dinner orders at 11pm; it also offers take out meals.
The Five Mountain Tavern at the top of the cabriolet lift has a fantastic gourmet burger menu and has grabbed the Churchill Bar where our great, but apparently slightly careless, wartime leader burnt a hole in the bar with his cigar. Clearly a must-see during your stay.
Goody's, in The Village at Winter Park, only opened in summer 2009 but has shot to popularity thanks to the failsafe menu of ice cream and crepes. The Back Bowl Soup Company is another new arrival and great for homemade soup (obviously) as well as deli sandwiches.
There are about 30 places to eat in Winter Park village including a good range of family dining options with Chinese, Indian, Italian and Mexican restaurants as well as two Sushi restaurants and standard American diners.
Hernando's Pizza & Pasta Pub (+1 (970) 726 5409) has fresh homemade pizza, lasagne, spaghetti and ravioli. The Tabernash Tavern (72287 U.S. Hwy 40; +1 (970) 726 4430) is good for steaks and seafood dishes with vegetables sourced from the local Morales Farm.
There are several grocery shops in the region although none at the resort base. Winter Park village has a 7-Eleven (78878 US-40; +1 (970) 726 9720) and in Fraser there’s a Safeway (40 County Road 804; +1 (970) 726 9484).
Back in Winter Park there’s also food at the Stop & Save (+1 (970) 726 583) located near the intersection of US-40 and Hi Country Drive.
Winter Park Market (+1 (970) 726 4704) is an excellent organic deli, the only one in the region, complete with juice bar and a big range of organic produce from greens to meet and poultry.