Turn and burn on the mountain runs, then indulge your appetite at these top spots from Aspen to Vail.

peking duck
Betula’s Peking duck magret. (Romeo Balancourt)

Aspen
Chef Laurent Cantineaux and restaurateur Juan Carlos Pérez Febres, co-owners of Bonito on Saint Bart’s, bring a French vibe to Betula, a quick walk from Aspen Mountain. Refuel between runs with a prix-fixe lunch or post-ski with rotisserie lamb, chicken, beef, or duck. 

Aurum Food and Wine crudo
Aurum Food & Wine’s hamachi crudo. (Jameson Midgett)

Breckenridge
Fans of Steamboat Springs’ refined-but-friendly Aurum will also adore sibling Aurum Food & Wine in downtown Breck. The menu dabbles in international dishes such as merguez meatballs and Korean fried chicken, with an emphasis on local ingredients and a strong wine list.

La Nonna pasta
La Nonna’s rigatoni arrabbiata e salsiccia. (Dominique Taylor)

Vail
Chef Simone Reatti, who grew up in ski-centric Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, pays homage to the cooking of the Dolomites – and his nonna (grandmother) – at La Nonna Ristorante. He makes pasta using Pivetti flour from Ferrara and bridges geographical influences with Venetian-style mussels and Colorado lamb chops.

Top photo: Romeo Balancourt

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