Skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor winter activities expend lots of energy, so fueling up and staying hydrated throughout the day is important. Fortunately for those visiting Okemo Mountain Resort, there are plenty of options when it comes to finding three square meals on the mountain. Okemo Magazine conducted an informal poll to determine the best, and most popular places to grab a bite or savor a meal. BREAKFAST Base 68, located in Okemo’s Clock Tower base lodge, is hands-down the top choice for fueling up for a day on the slopes. In the way a roadside diner with a parking lot full of trucks indicates good eats, full tables of ski instructors and mountain operations staff around Base 68 each morning proves the popularity of this breakfast spot. While many rave about the three-egg breakfast (3 eggs any style, homefries, choice of meat and toast) being the best deal on the mountain, it’s Base 68’s breakfast sandwich that wins wide acclaim. A fried egg, melted American cheese and choice of bacon or sausage layered between two perfectly toasted English muffin halves makes a quick grab-and-go option that is sure to satisfy. Marketing Manager Burleigh Sunflower was happy to discover an addition to the Base 68 breakfast lineup last winter. His new favorite is Base 68’s breakfast burrito. “It’s delicious and hardy enough to keep you going when everyone else breaks for lunch at noon.” LUNCH It is no secret that Okemo’s Epic Restaurant is a favorite lunch spot. Wall-sized windows bring the snowy outdoors in, but a crackling fire in the circular fireplace provides a warm welcome to hungry skiers visiting the mid-mountain Solitude day lodge. This full-service restaurant offers a menu of unexpected fare combined with selections that are more traditional-with-a-twist. Standard menu items include creamy New England clam chowder, French onion soup in a crock with cheese oozing down the sides. Epic’s take on the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combo is Vermont-made Orb Weaver Farmhouse cheese, pulled short rib and Blake Hill Preserves French onion jam grilled between slices of Earth Sky Time Bakery “Stevie Wonder” bread, and served with roasted tomato bisque. For those who play it safe with a lunchtime burger, Epic’s Build Your Own Burger starts with eight ounces of locally raised wagyu beef and a bold selection of toppings: Black River Meats bacon, thick-cut Cabot Cheddar, Bayley Hazen Blue, Swiss, caramelized onion, sautéed mushrooms or prosciutto. Meat lovers can add pulled pork, short rib or another eight ounces of beef! Lunchtime favorites include the Vegetarian Pho, Nor’easter Nourish Bowl, and Seahog Chowder, a steaming bowl of Maine lobster chowder served with pulled pork and fried cornbread. Okemo Ski + Ride School Director Chris Saylor declares, “Lunch is most definitely Epic.” His three favorites are the Rocket Salad, Duck Quesadilla and Smoked Trout Carpaccio. DINNER Okemo’s Coleman Brook Tavern, located adjacent to the Jackson Gore Inn lobby, is a restaurant with an atmosphere of sophistication that doesn’t feel stuffy. Warm wood tones, considerate lighting and comfortable, upholstered furniture make diners feel welcome as they settle in for a delicious meal with friends and family. Locally produced ingredients are the shining stars of this restaurant’s menu. Coleman Brook Tavern chefs nurture dozens of relationships with local farmers and food producers to offer guests the authentic flavors of Vermont. A couple of the most popular starters are Maple Bourbon Hot Wings served with browned bourbon chipotle hot sauce, Vermont maple drizzle and blue cheese dip or Curried Prince Edward Island Mussels with Jamaica relish, Caribbean coconut milk curry and toasted, locally baked bread. Fresh seafood, chicken, pork and beef entrée selections are complemented by a thoughtful offering of vegetarian and gluten-free options. “I enjoy Coleman Brook Tavern’s finer cuts of beef with traditional sides and elegantly simple sauces that don’t mask the flavor of the meat,” said Jackson Gore Inn General Manager Dennis Barquinero. “My daughter is a big fan of the restaurant’s specialty dessert – S’mores. The build-your-own treat is great for sharing and is served complete with a mini tabletop campfire for roasting marshmallows!” homefront T H R E E S Q U A R E okemo.com > 802-228-1600 > page 35