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Avant Ski's Top 12 Places to Start your Ski Day Out West

Updated: Feb 9

Breakfast burritos, bacon, eggs and cheese, everything bagels, quiches, croissants. Coffee, muffins, cookies and more cookies. What are you having for breakfast and where are you having it? Here are our favorite spots to fuel up before heading to the hill.

Sweet, savory, or just getting your caffeine fix? We have you covered. Images courtesy of Paradise Bakery, Aspen and the Butcher & the Baker, Telluride.


Summary of our Top 12 Breakfast Spots (by location from West to East): * Click the venue name to jump to that section

  1. Purebread – WhistlerBlackcomb, BC

  2. Wildflower Baking Company – Palisades Tahoe, CA

  3. Dose Coffee – Revelstoke, BC

  4. Stellar Brew & Natural Cafe – Mammoth, CA

  5. Java on Fourth Sun Valley, ID

  6. Five5eeds — Park City, UT

  7. Deer Valley Cafe – Deer Valley, UT

  8. Persephone — Jackson Hole, WY

  9. The Butcher & The Baker — Telluride, CO

  10. Paradise Bakery — Aspen, CO

  11. Cid's Mountain Market — Taos, NM

  12. Loaded Joe's — Vail, CO


*Resort names below in blue link to the related Avant Ski Resort Guide when available.

> Explore all resorts and related dining guides here


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Purebread — Whistler, BC

Purebread serves fresh pastries and bread every morning... not to mention the coffee! Courtesy of Purebread.

Venue: Purebread

Resort: WhistlerBlackcomb, BC

Open Daily: 8am

Value: $$

Location


You will want to come twice a day...every day to experience the tantalizing array of freshly baked goods at Purebread. The coffee is also some of the best in Whistler Village. Be careful, you’ll come for coffee and leave with a loaf of honey walnut sourdough. Consider yourself warned. Purebread is so good – they now have five locations, this was the second — be prepared to wait.



Wildflour Baking Company — Olympic Village, CA

Cookies!! From left to right: peanut butter, jam thumbprints, oatmeal cranberry.

Venue: Wildflour Baking Company

Resort: Palisades Tahoe

Open daily: 7am

Value: $

Location


Wildflour Baking Company sits on the ground floor of the Olympic House at the base of Palisades, just steps away from the legendary KT-22 lift. This bakery is a legend in its own right, an anchor, the heart of Olympic Village. Though best known for its cookies, Wildflour serves breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and a creation called a breakfast Em bomb, an English muffin stuffed with eggs, potatoes and cheese.


As far as cookies go, our favorites are the chocolate chip, or the peanut butter, or both. Pro tip, get them warmed up. Cookie passes are available for purchase. If it’s too early for a cookie, and it’s never too early, but if it is, put one in your pocket for an on-mountain snack and order a more traditional breakfast. They serve Peet’s coffee, espresso drinks, hot cocoa, smoothies, and much more. You’ll have to come back for lunch and grab a pizza bagel.




Dose Coffee — Revelstoke, BC

A professional pour of perfectly brewed coffee. Courtesy of dosecoffe.ca

Venue: Dose Coffee

Resort: Revelstoke

Open daily: 7:30am

Value: $$

Location


Take its name literally. Dose offers espresso and coffee tasting flights. You can get your caffeine fix and then some. You can also get a divine breakfast. Try the Nola Bowl: homemade granola, whipped yogurt, seasonal fruit preserves, red wine poached pears and a salted caramel nut crumble. Grab one of their homemade muffins and a Nanaimo Bar and take your buzz to the slopes.



Stellar Brew & Natural Cafe — Mammoth, CA

Stellar Brew is hard to miss when you're driving up Main Street in Mammoth. Courtesy of easternsierranevada.com

Venue: Stellar Brew & Natural Cafe

Resort: Mammoth Mountain

Open daily: 5:30am (perfect for dawn patrol)

Value: $

Location


From a quaint cabin, painted bright blue-jay blue on Main Street, Owner Andrea Walker and her team at Stellar Brew serve up the best grab-and-go breakfast in town. They have pre-made breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos. Our favorite is the Jalapeño, Salsa, and Cheddar. They also serve overnight oats, fruit, yogurt & granola, and lunch wraps. There are plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Beverage-wise, they offer a full selection of coffee, espresso, tea and fruit smoothies.



Java on Fourth — Sun Valley, ID

Java on Fourth's Bowl of Soul will warm your soul on even the coldest mornings. Courtesy of Visit Sun Valley.

Venue: Java on Fourth

Resort: Sun Valley

Open Daily: 7am

Value: $

Location


Need something warm on one of Ketchum’s notoriously chilly mornings? Look no further than Java on Fourth’s Bowl of Soul — a mocha made with Mexican Hot Cocoa and topped with a dollop of homemade whipped cream. They have two types of chai latte, Oregon and Bhakti. Java on Fourth has been serving avocado toast since long before it was a trend. For something heartier, try Frankie's homemade oatmeal and the huevos rancheros. Java on Fourth feels like a cozy living room. A place to warm your body and your soul.



Five5eeds — Park City, UT

No Name, a party in the middle of Main Street, Park City. Courtesy of travelista.wordpress.com

Venue: Five5eeds

Resort: Park City

Open Daily: 7:30am

Value: $$

Location


No trip to Park City is complete without a breakfast from Five5eeds. This Australian-inspired newcomer serves fresh, flavorful breakfast all day. Healthy and tasty options abound. Don't miss the pea smashed avocado toast, shakshuka or Ahi Poke bowl. The toughest part will be deciding what to order. Can you resist the Banana Bread with Espresso Cream? How about the Pulled Pork Benedict? It does get crowded though, so come early or consider ordering for take out. Breakfast is served all day.



Deer Valley Cafe – Deer Valley, UT

The many colors of the Bagel & Lox Platter at Deer Valley Cafe. Courtesy of Deer Valley Resort.

Venue: Deer Valley Grocery & Cafe

Resort: Deer Valley

Open Daily: 8am

Value: $$

Location


Deer Valley Grocery & Cafe , an outpost of Deer Valley's renowned dining, located lakeside in Deer Valley Plaza, is a treat. Breakfast is served all day with tasty classics including avocado toast, smoked salmon and bagels, pancakes and breakfast burritos. The pastry shop is available for grab-and-go. Try the muffins or lemon and raspberry bars. They have the same fantastic Deer Valley cookies that are available on the mountain. Find a few minutes to peruse the grocery section as well, stocked with Deer Valley specialties, such as the well-known, turkey-chili, to make at home.




Persephone – Jackson Hole, WY

Lines tend to be out the door for European-style Persephone. Always worth the wait. Courtesy of Mountain Living.

Venue: Persephone

Resort: Jackson Hole, WY

Open daily: 7am

Value: $$

Location


Our advice to anyone going to Jackson Hole: Go to Persephone, located a block or so from Jackson Town Square. Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Ali and Kevin Cohane, this European-style pastry shop is a favorite amongst tourists and locals. Have a breakfast sandwich on a croissant with a cappuccino and pick up a News&Guide (Jackson's weekly newspaper) and catch up on local goings-on. Don’t leave without a bag of cookies, it's hard to decide between the mini chocolate chip walnut sea salt, the sablé shortbread, or the ginger molasses cookies. This is the perfect spot for a slower start to your ski day.



The Butcher & The Baker – Telluride, CO


The Butcher & The Baker is a bastion of warmth in chilly Telluride. Courtesy of The Butcher & The Baker.

Venue: The Butcher & The Baker

Resort: Telluride, CO

Open daily: 7am

Value: $$

Location

We first experienced The Butcher & The Baker over the summer and immediately understood why the line was always down the street AND always worth the wait. This bakery and cafe on Main Street is owned and operated by long-time Telluride local, Megan Ossola. The bakery features handmade breads and artisan pastries. Baked goods can be enjoyed to go, (perhaps while riding the gondola) or inside with a hot beverage. The signature Cindabun is a flaky croissant dough rolled with cinnamon and sugar into a bun — sold hot and fresh daily. Savory dishes include breakfast burritos and sandwiches, avocado toast, zucchini & kale scrambles, and are all cooked with fresh, local ingredients.



Paradise Bakery – Aspen, CO


Baked goods galore at Paradise Bakery! Courtesy of Paradise Bakery.

Venue: Paradise Bakery

Resort: Aspen, CO

Open Daily: 6:30am

Value: $$ Location


Steps away from the base of Ajax is Paradise Bakery. This is our go-to spot for a grab-and-go breakfast in Aspen. They serve a selection of pastries including 8 types of croissants and 10 types of muffins. Gluten Free options are available. For something savory, try the breakfast burrito with bacon or spinach. Think ahead and pick up one of their famous cookies for an on-mountain snack. They have coffee and espresso too. Note the huge case of homemade gelato for later, a scoop makes for a perfect après ski treat.



Cid's Mountain Market - Taos, NM

Cid's serves up a variety of mouth watering breakfast fare. Courtesy of Cid's Mountain Market.

Venue: Cid's Mountain Market

Resort: Taos, NM

Open daily: 7:30am

Value: $

Location


A Taos institution with 35 years of history in the town, Cid's opened its second outpost, Cid's Mountain Market, on the second floor of the Blake Residences. The breakfast burritos and tacos here come with the best green chili we've ever tasted. All of the prepared food here is good and reasonably priced. We found ourselves returning for lunch too. The market also offers gourmet grocery items including fresh fruit, cheeses and ice cream.



Loaded Joe's - Vail, CO

The breakfast burrito is an art at Loaded Joe's. Courtesy of Loaded Joe's.

Venue: Loaded Joe's

Resort: Vail, CO

Open daily: 7am

Value: $

Location


Located in the heart of Vail village, Loaded Joe's focuses on breakfast sandwiches and burritos. They have 6 sandwich options each of which comes with 2 scrambled eggs on a brioche roll — we love the avocado and cheddar. Some say Loaded Joe's has the best breakfast burrito in Vail. Find out for yourself. There are three burritos, pork, veggie and pulled pork. Order an expertly pulled espresso and head across the covered bridge to the lift.



 

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