With a full day of skiing ahead of you, you’re going to need some fuel. Here are just a few of the many great stops on the way to the Colorado slopes.
The Bagelry / Bergen Park
Take the Evergreen exit right before the big traffic jam on I-70 heading west from Denver and proceed to Bergen Park’s The Bagelry. Their Bagels are hot, fresh and come with everything from salmon to turkey. You may want to try the Italian Expresso machine to keep you awake when you rejoin the parking lot called I-70.
Mountain Rose Café / Winter Park
If you’re in Winter Park, go past the ski resort and head into town. Near the other end, on the left you’ll see a small house-looking establishment called the Mountain Rose. You can usually find it by the crowds waiting on the porch. Featuring the Burrito el Yumo smothered w/ green Chile, this is the most popular place in town.
The Mountain Lyon Café / Silverthorne
Why it’s spelled, “Lyon” and not “Lion”, we’re not sure but that doesn’t affect our good opinion of the place. This spot on the left side of highway 9 in Silverthorne when headed north of I-70 toward Kremmling is always busy, at least from 6:30am-2pm but gets you in and seated quickly. From bulging omelets to chicken fried steak, this place will fill you up and get you out quick.
Sunshine Café / Silverthorne
Head the other direction from I-70 toward Dillon and Keystone but still technically Silverthorne and in the shopping center on the right is the Sunshine. Open from 7am to 3pm The Sunshine has been around for years, serving gourmet 3-egg omelets, eggs-Benedict and their awesome originals. Another popular spot, they are adept at moving you through so you can get to the slopes and beat the crowds.
The Turntable Restaurant and Motel / Minturn
Located right off the main road through Minturn, just west of Vail and a couple miles south of I-70 is The Turntable. Filled with Denver Bronco, Elvis and other 1950s memorabilia, the turntable oozes that 50s diner vibe. There is even a model train rolling around the upper reaches of the walls. Famous for Boo’s Breakfast Burritos and their signature Roundhouse Omelets, they also offer several affordable rooms for sleeping off a hard day on the slopes
The Village Smithy / Carbondale
Whether you’re staying in Glenwood and skiing Sunlight, or crashing in Carbondale and riding Snowmass or Aspen, the Village Smithy is a must stop fuel spot. Open since 1975 and located right on the main drag through Carbondale, the Smithy features their famous Applewood Bacon and Eggs and an equally delicious Fresh Spinach and Wild Mushroom Omelet. Another popular spot, you may have to wait but not too long as there are plenty of tables and an excellent patio when weather permits.
Michael is a full-time musician and freelance writer residing in Morrison, Colorado. He enjoys downhill skiing, traveling and attempting to play golf. He excels in the sport of extreme napping so if you must call, make it afternoon.
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