Time always feels like it’s compressed when the skiing is good—mornings especially. There’s less time to spare for a leisurely breakfast, which means a quality grab-and-go option can take on paramount importance. There are plenty of these in Vail, regardless of what part of the resort you start the day from, but we’ll go from east to west here.
In Golden Peak, Larkspur’s Winter Market (970-754-8050; larkspurvail.com) is stacked with tasty day-starters. Either the ham and cheese brioche or bacon burrito is best if you’re planning to ski bell to bell. If you’re just sticking around until the powder is gone, check out the tropical chia pudding parfait with superfoods granola. The market has huge cookies and an even larger brownie if you’re looking to stash some late-day energy in your jacket.
Vail Village offers a range of options, none more divine than DeliZioso Vail (970-476-7925; deliziosovail.com), a family-owned European emporium on East Meadow Drive. You’ll have a hard time choosing between the pastries and breakfast sandwiches, but if you stray from the usual, try the No. 3 (egg, prosciutto, mozzarella, pesto, tomato) and No. 7 (egg, Spanish chorizo, Manchego cheese). The specialty burrito (No. 8, made with eggs, black bean chorizo, mozzarella, and avocado) is another consistent winner. At Two Arrows (970-763-5101; twoarrowscoffee.com), a coffee bar tucked off the main drag between Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street, grab a bagel and lox (made with a Village everything bagel, dill, and caper cream cheese) or—highly recommended—a slice of the mushroom and spinach quiche. Two Arrows also makes excellent croissants (and lattes).
In Lionshead, swing by Les Delices de France (970-476-1044), an institution that has been run by the Bouvier family for two generations. Order the classic egg sandwich (two eggs, meat, and cheese) or French toast, which comes with fruit, and eat it in a warm gondola cabin. At Rimini (970-476-1712; riminigelato.com), meanwhile, escape to Italy with a warm breakfast crepe filled with your choice of egg, cheese, and meat—or the savory apple strudel (tart apples, cinnamon, and whipped cream or gelato). Another can’t-miss order is the oatmeal brûlée with a sugar crust and berries. Also try: Rimini’s sister store in Beaver Creek Village (45 W Thomas Pl, 970-949-6156).
Don’t want to deal with finding breakfast in the village when you can pick it up on your way to park? Northside Grab & Go (970-688-5676; thenorthsidekitchen.com), a satellite of the Avon-based flagship on North Frontage Road in West Vail, has everything from greasy (by which I mean: sultry) hash brown patties (two for $3.50!) to giant burritos (try the one with chorizo, peppers, onions, and green chile) to a homemade biscuit sandwich.