They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For us, on a ski day, it's definitely the most exciting. Few things are more satisfying than grabbing a breakfast sandwich on the drive to the mountain to quell the morning hunger and fuel a long day on the slopes.
While every good ski town worth its salt has a go-to joint with a killer brekkie sandwich or burrito, we've found a few that rise above the competition:
WARREN STORE - SUGARBUSH, VT
Near and dear to our heart at Alps & Meters, the Warren Store is a destination not to be missed. Second only to its outstanding selection of Vermont craft beer, the deli is a great place to grab a sandwich before or after a day at Sugarbush. The clear option for breakfast is the Reutzler, which loads a pile of egg, Vermont chedder, ham, tomato and mayo on an english muffin and is named after a local who has practically made the Store his second home.
Pearl Street Bagels - Jackson Hole
Jackson's undisputed best spot for coffee delivers a great breakfast sandwich as well - a coffee and bagel are practically required equipment for the tram line. Keep it simple: order the bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel and enjoy an impressively proportioned sandwich with ample bacon, while keeping an eye out for some of the best skiers in Jackson that make their way though on the way to Teton Village.
Taos Diner - Taos, NM
Taos remains one of America's underrated ski towns, a wonderful mix of laid-back western culture and some outstanding steep and technical terrain. But there's one more reason to visit Taos: New Mexican Green Chile. A day at Taos is best started with the breakfast burrito at the Taos Diner: eggs, home fries, beans and cheese wrapped in a pillowy tortilla, smothered in glorious New Mexican Hatch Chile sauce.
Creekside Cafe - Steamboat, CO
Another outstanding spot for a breakfast burrito, Creekside is a must visit for breakfast, especially if you're a fan of eggs benedict: they have 10 different takes on the classic breakfast dish. Our tip is to go for the Stagecoach Pork Bennie: coffee infused pulled pork, mixed peppers and onions topped with green chile.
Green goddess cafe - stowe, vt
Stowe is home to a number of great food options that line Mountain Road on the way to the base area, but Green Goddess sticks out for breakfast. Sure, you'll find the liberal use of the usual Vermont cheddar and local bacon, but little touches like the addition of sriracha make for creative twists on the classic breakfast sandwich. We're fans of The Outlaw: eggs, refried black beans, slow roasted pork, caramelized onion, tomato, Vermont cheddar topped with an interesting cilantro-lime sauce.