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Sam’s Smokehouse (On-Mountain)

Brand new this winter season on Snowmass mountain is Sam's Smokehouse, a LEED-certified, eco-friendly building near to the top of the Village Express ski-lift and the Sam's Knob quad, at an altitude of 10,620 feet.

It’s a civilized alternative to the cafeteria-style lunch joints found on many mountains. If you’re really in a rush, you can grab a quick sandwich to go from the bakery and espresso bar, but to really enjoy the space, put your name down to be seated by the hostess (they don’t take advance reservations).

Once seated, you’ll be handed a menu and waited on (no plastic cafeteria trays, yay!)—yet it’s all done quickly, so you can back on the slopes in short order (although you might want to linger over your hot, spiced mulled wine and gaze out the floor-to-ceiling picture windows to admire the spectacular panorama.) Southern BBQ and smokehouse is the theme, and the menu emphasizes local and organic ingredients. Chantal recommends the fried green tomatoes; the beef brisket sliders with smoked Gouda, and the aforementioned mulled wine …