Jay Lloyd's Getaway: Ski eats

Mountain resorts offer more than just skiing. You don't have to leave the slopes for fine dining.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — From outdoor winter grills to intimate dining, ski resorts can provide more than sliding on snow. 

I've had some memorable slopeside getaway nibbles.

It was February, but so warm at New Jersey's Mountain Creek Resort that we were shedding parkas and noshing on Nathan's, washed down by brews on an outdoor patio. It was certainly memorable. 

Thousands ski or ride at the region's snow resorts each weekend. At lunchtime, most wind up in a bustling cafeteria, juggling trays of burgers, fries and cokes. But for a few dollars more, some seek out the special mountain eateries with a view and fabulous fare — shrimp, steak, ribs, chicken.

So which Pennsylvania dining nooks do I pick after the morning runs? 

A decades-long favorite has been the Winter Garden Restaurant at Elk Mountain. It has a cathedral ceiling with a spectacular view of the slopes. 

There's also Berrelli's Family Style Italian at Camelback Mountain Resort. Park your skis, enjoy fine Italian and ski back from door to lift. 

At the end of a ski day, try a steak at Blue Mountain Resort's Slopeside Pub and Grill, or The Grille at Bear Creek Mountain Resort.