When it comes to on-mountain cuisine, BC winter resorts know the way to a diner's, er, adventurer's heart.
Foremost among destinations that epitomize this ethos? Nelson's Whitewater Ski Resort. So popular are their dishes that recipes from the Kootenay Rockies resort's Fresh Tracks CafĂ© â including the rave-inducing hot rice veggie tofu salad, dubbed the Glory Bowl â have been collected in three best-selling cookbooks. Another tasty option to the north: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort's Eagle's Eye Restaurant boasts the highest elevation of any eatery in Canada. Even if it wasn't perched at 2,347 metres (7,700 feet), the menu at this Kootenay Rockies draw would still garner accolades. (And with its sweeping views of Purcell Mountains peaks dropping away on all sides, what better locale to test the theory that the higher you go, the better food tastes.) In the Thompson Okanagan, a telltale fragrance wafts from Sun Peaks Resort's Sunburst Lodge each day at 10 a.m., where ooey-gooey cinnamon buns emerge fresh from the oven. The 20-year-old recipe is so popular that, despite occasional tweaks, including the addition of nuts, raisins, and cream cheese icing, the resort's regulars routinely seek out the original. After all, why mess with a good thing? In Whistler Blackcomb, on-mountain menus may be challenged to top what's on offer at the resort's award-winning restos, but here's a contender: the hearty seafood chowder, served up at Steep's in Whistler Mountain's Roundhouse Lodge. One delectable bowl, laced with smoked salmon, is enough to fuel the most ardent appetites for a day's exploration of the 16 alpine bowls for which the twin mountains are renowned. www.skiwhitewater.com; www.kickinghorseresort.com; www.sunpeaksresort.com; www.whistlerblackcomb.com