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Dining at the ski slopes

stowedine.jpgSkiing makes you hungry like a sled dog. But the last thing you want to do after a big day on the slopes is drag the family around an unfamiliar ski town looking for grub. You don?t want fancy, but the kids can't handle a dive bar with burgers and beer either.

Here are some après ski dining spots that please our four palates (and our wallets) without having to pound the pavement.

Sunday River's Phoenix House, in Les Otten's former home at the base of South Ridge, has a super view of the slopes and serves affordable paninis, pizzas, and pastas as well as entrees, all under $20. The Phoenix promotes super specials like $5 burger night on Monday, $2 tacos on Tuesdays, and a $10 Sunday brunch.

The Bag and Gepettos at Sugarloaf are rival restaurants in the 'Loaf's village offering hungry skiers hearty soups, sandwiches and super juicy burgers at pocket friendly prices.

Stowe Mountain Lodge's Hourglass is an après ski bar with a swank feel in heart of the sophisticated new lodge, but you can reasonably order kid-friendly flatbreads and the best Vermont Cheeseburger. okemodinec.jpg

Okemo's Epic and Coleman Brook Tavern are proof that having a culinary department, instead of food and beverage, dishes up a departure from standard ski cafeteria fare. Okemo's offerings of duck quesadilla, creamy risotto, and calamari are far tastier after skiing Jolly Green Giant.

Sugarbush's Timber Restaurant is located in a circular post-and-beam lodge slopeside at Lincoln Peak. The chef has received accolades for his Vermont ingredients in interesting dishes, proving skiers appreciate locavore. Don't worry, there's a kids menu with mac n' cheese too.

Remember, skiing burns a bunch of calories so indulge your après ski appetite while you share tales from the trails with your family.

Photos by Greg Burke For more of Heather's family ski tips go to www.familyskitrips.com

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