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A Ski Trip and a Meal: An Eater Guide

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Fresh snow and spring-like ski conditions: two very good reasons why D.C residents might be taking a short drive for a ski trip soon.

But, don't just go because the lift lines are open. There's also plenty of roadside eating to be experienced along the way. In this guide to skiing and eating, Eater maps out some of the pit stops worth taking, either before or after the slopes. These are the Italian hoagies, fried pickles, and milkshakes worthy of a detour. Just remember, nothing says après-ski like a freshly baked donut topped with glazed sugar or bacon.
—Tim Ebner

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

WISP Resort

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WISP Resort is a ski village with plenty more than skiing. In the winter, tubing, ice skating, and snowmobiling are a few outdoor activities. There’s plenty to eat and drink on the mountain, too. The Honi-Honi Bar features live music and Hawaiian-themed drinks, Mountain State Brewing Company serves-up brick oven pizzas and West Virginia microbrews, and Archie’s BBQ is a destination for barbecue fare.

D'Atri's Restaurant

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Before heading to WISP, carb up at D’Atri’s, a quick stop off I-68 in LaVale, Md. This family-owned restaurant serves Italian hoagies with a blend of seasoned lettuce. Believe it or not, it’s the lettuce that gives this sandwich bragging rights. There are also delicious Italian breads, pastas, and salads.

Wintergreen Resort

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This year-round resort is based at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing some extraordinary views while you ski or snowboard. Wintergreen also has plenty of mountain drinking and eating, and some that’s ski-in/ski-out. For after hours dining, stop into The Edge for a wind down drink. The CopperMine is a more formal dining spot popular for dinner. And The Market is where to find Virginia beers, like Star Hill, Legend, and Devil’s Backbone.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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For a fresh beer, head away from the resort to Devil’s Backbone brewpub. This is a palatial lodge worth the trip if only to sample the dozen or so beers on-tap. The restaurant also has a late night menu featuring beer hall specials, like Bavarian pretzels and beer cheese. Even though this place is massive, the restaurant fills-up fast and reservations are not accepted. Plan your visit before or after the dinner rush. If the weather cooperates, go outside and enjoy a beer by the fire pit.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

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Seven Springs is about a three hour drive from D.C. and there are 33 slopes for skiing and snowboarding. There’s also plenty of off-slope amenities, like a bowling alley, indoor pool, and mini-golf course. Food options are aplenty too. Favorites include dinner at Helen’s Restaurant and happy hour at the Foggy Goggle.

Summit Diner

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Before the ski trip, head into town for a diner-style breakfast. Summit Diner in Somerset, Pa. is a reliable railcar known mainly for its breakfast, but also for its fried pickles, solid burgers, milkshakes, and chocolate “gob” cake.

Liberty Mountain Resort

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Liberty Mountain Resort is one of the closer ski destinations to D.C., about an hour and half away. Most of the beginner slopes are located on the frontside of the mountain, leaving the backside to experienced skiers and snowboarders. The resort’s terrain park is also popular with snowboarders. Food options are pretty limited on the mountain. McKee’s Tavern is an option for pub fare, while the hotel’s restaurant, Tavern on the Green has a few more menu items and less of a crowd.

Family Meal

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Stop en route to Liberty Mountain Resort in Frederick, Md., especially if you have a craving for fried chicken. Volt Family Meal is a diner-style restaurant from Bryan Voltaggio and features many comfort foods at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A sure bet is the fried chicken with extra crispy skin. The pot pie fritters are another good option for a chicken craving, and there are classics like deviled eggs and meatloaf as well (the Asian-inspired onion rings are addictive).

Whitetail Ski Resort

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Whitetail is an easy day trip, and it’s one of the closest resorts to D.C. The mountain features an entire section of bunny hills, making it a favorite for new skiers and snowboarders. There’s also plenty of challenging terrain. Like its sister resort, Ski Liberty, the dining options are slim. Food is mainly offered at the lodge. And, no bars here: the entire mountain is dry.

Krumpes Do-Nuts

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On your way back from skiing, head to Donut Alley and try Krumpe’s Do-Nuts. This is a late-night Hagerstown, Md. favorite, open from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. except on Saturdays. The shop is small and hard to find, but there are a variety of glazed, sugar, cinnamon, and bacon (yes, bacon) topped doughnut. Each is served hot to order. Get a half-dozen doughnut to-go and try not to finish off the box in the car ride home.

WISP Resort

WISP Resort is a ski village with plenty more than skiing. In the winter, tubing, ice skating, and snowmobiling are a few outdoor activities. There’s plenty to eat and drink on the mountain, too. The Honi-Honi Bar features live music and Hawaiian-themed drinks, Mountain State Brewing Company serves-up brick oven pizzas and West Virginia microbrews, and Archie’s BBQ is a destination for barbecue fare.

D'Atri's Restaurant

Before heading to WISP, carb up at D’Atri’s, a quick stop off I-68 in LaVale, Md. This family-owned restaurant serves Italian hoagies with a blend of seasoned lettuce. Believe it or not, it’s the lettuce that gives this sandwich bragging rights. There are also delicious Italian breads, pastas, and salads.

Wintergreen Resort

This year-round resort is based at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing some extraordinary views while you ski or snowboard. Wintergreen also has plenty of mountain drinking and eating, and some that’s ski-in/ski-out. For after hours dining, stop into The Edge for a wind down drink. The CopperMine is a more formal dining spot popular for dinner. And The Market is where to find Virginia beers, like Star Hill, Legend, and Devil’s Backbone.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

For a fresh beer, head away from the resort to Devil’s Backbone brewpub. This is a palatial lodge worth the trip if only to sample the dozen or so beers on-tap. The restaurant also has a late night menu featuring beer hall specials, like Bavarian pretzels and beer cheese. Even though this place is massive, the restaurant fills-up fast and reservations are not accepted. Plan your visit before or after the dinner rush. If the weather cooperates, go outside and enjoy a beer by the fire pit.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Seven Springs is about a three hour drive from D.C. and there are 33 slopes for skiing and snowboarding. There’s also plenty of off-slope amenities, like a bowling alley, indoor pool, and mini-golf course. Food options are aplenty too. Favorites include dinner at Helen’s Restaurant and happy hour at the Foggy Goggle.

Summit Diner

Before the ski trip, head into town for a diner-style breakfast. Summit Diner in Somerset, Pa. is a reliable railcar known mainly for its breakfast, but also for its fried pickles, solid burgers, milkshakes, and chocolate “gob” cake.

Liberty Mountain Resort

Liberty Mountain Resort is one of the closer ski destinations to D.C., about an hour and half away. Most of the beginner slopes are located on the frontside of the mountain, leaving the backside to experienced skiers and snowboarders. The resort’s terrain park is also popular with snowboarders. Food options are pretty limited on the mountain. McKee’s Tavern is an option for pub fare, while the hotel’s restaurant, Tavern on the Green has a few more menu items and less of a crowd.

Family Meal

Stop en route to Liberty Mountain Resort in Frederick, Md., especially if you have a craving for fried chicken. Volt Family Meal is a diner-style restaurant from Bryan Voltaggio and features many comfort foods at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A sure bet is the fried chicken with extra crispy skin. The pot pie fritters are another good option for a chicken craving, and there are classics like deviled eggs and meatloaf as well (the Asian-inspired onion rings are addictive).

Whitetail Ski Resort

Whitetail is an easy day trip, and it’s one of the closest resorts to D.C. The mountain features an entire section of bunny hills, making it a favorite for new skiers and snowboarders. There’s also plenty of challenging terrain. Like its sister resort, Ski Liberty, the dining options are slim. Food is mainly offered at the lodge. And, no bars here: the entire mountain is dry.

Krumpes Do-Nuts

On your way back from skiing, head to Donut Alley and try Krumpe’s Do-Nuts. This is a late-night Hagerstown, Md. favorite, open from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. except on Saturdays. The shop is small and hard to find, but there are a variety of glazed, sugar, cinnamon, and bacon (yes, bacon) topped doughnut. Each is served hot to order. Get a half-dozen doughnut to-go and try not to finish off the box in the car ride home.

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