There’s nothing like skiing for working up an appetite, and everybody knows that a day on the mountain is not complete unless you stop for a delicious lunch at a cosy mountain hut. From cheese fondue to kaiserschmarrn, you can get hungry just reading the menus. And after exercising all day, it’s not a crime to indulge in a highly caloric midday break, right? Especially when the Alps offer such a mouth-watering range of specialties. In honour of one of the best parts of the ski holiday, Snowplaza has put together a list of our all-time favourite alpine meals. Eat your heart out!
The ultimate winter sport classic: schnitzel and chips. This crispy slab of meat is almost ubiquitous in the Alps, except maybe in France. In Italy you can find it under the name “cotoletta Milanese.”
Schnitzel and chips
A kind of sweet pancake from Austria, kaiserschmarrn is perfect as dessert and even as lunch. Split between a few people, it also makes a good snack. Check out the top 5 places to try kaiserschmarrn in Mayrhofen >
It’s always a good time for a hot, gooey cheese fondue. Gather around, break off a piece of bread and dip it into the pot – but don’t lose it! Cheese fondue is especially popular in France and Switzerland but you could say its reputation has spread around the world. Check out Snowplaza's fondue recipe >
Typical in the Swiss Alps, this hearty baked pasta and potato dish loaded with a generous topping of cheese, bacon and ham will keep you going for a whole afternoon of skiing!
The croque monsieur is France’s answer to the toastie, and – dare we say it – so much tastier. If your ham and cheese are lonely, order a croque madame, which comes with a fried egg.
Rösti is a Swiss potato dish that exists in a variety of forms – with a fried egg, meat or cheese, or even as a “röstizza,” a rösti-inspired pizza.
One of the best snacks there is! Whether it’s a Frankfurter or a Grillwürst, a sausage with some Kaiser bread or brown bread always hits the spot.
Bread and sausage
Spaghetti Bolognese is on the menu at every alpine hut worth its salt. This pasta dish with tomato-beef sauce is the perfect way to end a morning of skiing, not to mention probably the healthiest on this list. The best is, of course, found in Italy.
Tiroler Gröstl is another one guaranteed to satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Potatoes, onions, bacon (or beef) and an egg, drowned in butter and fried to golden perfection. Sehr gut!
Popular in Switzerland and France, croûte is probably best known under the guise of croûte au fromage, a piece of bread covered in a thick layer of cheese, and perhaps some white wine and other tasty additions.
Canederli is Italy’s version of knödel. Made with old bread, bacon, parsley, milk and flour, the flavour is taken to a whole new level when served with broth or melted butter and Grana cheese.
A traditional French course originating in the Haute Savoie, tartiflette is a rich baked dish consisting of potatoes, bacon, onions, crème fraiche and masses of reblochon cheese.
Käsespätzle is pasta drenched in cheese and fried onions, especially popular in Austria. Sometimes found under its alter ego, Kasnocken.
This tasty dish from Valais, Switzerland is named after the French word for “scrape,” a fitting name for a hunk of melted cheese that you scrape off and eat with a piece of bread or potato. Check out our recipe for raclette >
Best known as a Hungarian dish but also popular in South Tyrol, a hot bowl of goulash soup is the perfect way to warm up on blustery winter days.
Goulash soup (c) Elsie Hui
What's your favourite skiing snack? Leave your comment below!
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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