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Ski Food Guide

It is commonly known that a ski holiday is not solely for the skiing, you are also there for the mouth-watering meals. The quantity and quality of food in the mountains will keep you coming back for more each year. Whether you’re looking for an alfresco lunch, a quick pitstop to refuel or heading out for an indulgent evening meal, there is no doubt that you will find the perfect place to satisfy your requirements in the mountains.

The mountains are designed for dining, with each country boasting their own alpine specialities. There’s no doubt you’ve earned those calories, so go ahead and indulge! Tantalise your tastebuds with our enticing alpine food guide that will make you desperate to book your next ski holiday.

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French Ski Food

If there is one thing the French can do better than anyone else, it’s rich, hearty, scrumptious food, usually oozing with lashings of butter and cheese. Incredible food can be found across the resort and ski area in France. Indulge in authentic French dishes, washed down with some top-notch wine – and all guilt-free, as you will ski it off in no time!

Popular ski dishes in France

  • Croque Monsieur – A fancy cheese and ham toasted sandwich often served in French mountain restaurants at lunch.
  • Tartiflette – a heart-warming Savoyard special consisting of potatoes, reblochon cheese and bacon lardons
  • Croziflette – very similar to the tartiflette, but with buckwheat pasta (Crozet) instead of potatoes
  • Raclette – semi-firm cow’s milk cheese, served on a warm grill to your table. Slice off the melted cheese as it drips from the iron grill. Usually served with new potatoes, dried meats, and gherkins.
  • French Onion Soup – a firm comfort-food lunchtime favourite. Caramelised onions cooked with a rich beef stock, topped off with melted, crispy Gruyere cheese and fresh garlic croutons.
  • Diots au Vin Blanc – from the region of La Savoie, meaty sausages seasoned with nutmeg, cooked in white wine.
  • Fondue Bourguignonne – tender cubes of beef cooked in a fondue pot of cooking oil and burner. Using a dipping fork, cook the beef to your liking. Served with a selection of sauces and French fries. This is a great sharing option for the whole table.
  • Tarte Tatin – an iconic French dessert with succulent caramelised apple, cinnamon, and crisp pastry
  • Crème brûlée – a rich, creamy custard dessert topped with hardened caramelised sugar.

Austrian Ski Food

There’s nothing quite like Austrian food in the mountains. Serving up an abundance of hearty, filling winter warmers and some interesting, innovative dishes to try, Austria is the place to go if you need a new mantra for your ski holiday - try anything once, twice if you like it!

Popular ski dishes in Austria

  • Wiener Schnitzel – an Austrian speciality made of pan-fried veal cutlet covered in breadcrumbs. Traditionally served with potatoes or fries and a sweetened vinaigrette dressing.
  • Käsespätzle – meaning ‘cheese spätzle’, is the Austrian take on Macaroni & Cheese, with homemade Bavarian egg noodles and either Emmental or Gruyere.
  • Speckknödelsuppe (Tyrolean Dumpling Soup) – fluffy dumplings containing stale bread, bacon, fried onions and a clear (usually beef) broth. Garnished with chives and parsley.
  • Gulasch Suppe (Goulasch soup) – a hearty, filling soup with beef, onions, and potatoes as the main ingredients.
  • Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel) – a national Austrian sweet dish comprised of apples, raisins, sugar and cinnamon encased in unleavened dough.
  • Kaiserschmarrn – a delicious lightly sweetened fluffy pancake. Often served with applesauce, fresh berries, and vanilla ice cream.
  • Germknödel – don’t let the unfortunate name put you off – this is a sweet yeast dumpling, accompanied by vanilla sauce or with poppy seeds and melted butter.

Italian Ski Food

When you think of Italy, you tend to think of food (and wine). Italy has been renowned for its tasty cuisine for centuries; and the Italian mountains are no exception. If you’re looking for a ski holiday with stunning scenery, excellent snow, and bursting with flavour, then head to Italy for your next winter break. Boasting an incredible combined total of 26 Michelin Stars, The Dolomites are a good place to start.

Popular ski dishes in Italy

  • Pizza – we all know what pizza is! Experience the best pizza of your life in the Italian mountains.
  • Pasta – typical dishes in the mountains are spaghetti bolognese, carbonara - favourited by all.
  • Fontina – this famous cheese of Italy can be enjoyed hard or melted
  • Polenta – an accompaniment to your main course, usually served with meat stew, sausages or melted cheese and made from maize flour.
  • Bresaola – air-dried, salted beef
  • Zuppa valdostana – a hearty soup from the Aosta Valley, containing Alpine butter, olive oil, cabbage, meat, or vegetable stock and topped with a layer of local Fontina cheese.

Swiss Ski Food

Fulfil your gourmet dreams in Switzerland with a culinary journey throughout your holiday, with a side helping of skiing. Switzerland is the cheese capital of the world, being home to over 450 varieties of cheese.

Popular ski dishes in Switzerland

  • Swiss fondue – a bubbling pot of deliciousness with melted Gruyere cheese with chunks of bread for dipping in.
  • Rosti – a national Swiss favourite consisting mainly of potatoes in the style of a fritter
  • Capuns – a local speciality from Graubünden made from Spätzle dough with pieces of dried meat wrapped in Swiss chard leaves and cooked in butter, cream, and stock.
  • Zurcher geschnetzeltes – a hot savoury ragout consisting of diced veal, calves’ kidneys and sweetbreads sautéed in a gravy of onions, butter, white wine, cream, and mushrooms.
  • Nuss Torte – ‘Swiss Nut Cake’; a sweet, caramelised nut-filled pastry (mostly walnut).
  • Panna cotta – a silky smooth moulded chilled dessert consisting of sweetened cream thickened with gelatine. Usually served with fresh fruit and a fruity coulis.

Canadian Ski Food

Canada may be the first place you think of for endless pistes and pure powder, but less emphasis placed on the food. Well, we are going to break down these mental gastronomic barriers, as Canada offers a wealth of culinary delights, with recreated dishes from all over the world, for avid skiers and boarders to feast upon after an intense day on the mountain. From tapas to steak to sushi, there is something for everyone in Canada.

Popular ski dishes in Canada

  • Poutine – a national Canadian dish made up of fries, fresh cheese curds, and light gravy. This treasure can be found anywhere from fast-food joints to fine-dining restaurants.
  • Bison – a superior red meat often in the form of a steak, burger or braised bison ribs and usually served with fries and salad.
  • Chowder – a rich, thick soup or stew with milk or cream, usually containing seafood and thickened with a roux; perfect for a cold day on the mountain.
  • Pancakes – accompanied with delicious, sweet Canadian Maple Syrup.

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