Sam’s Smokehouse is a new LEED certified restaurant atop Sam’s Knob. The only way to get there is the Village Express Lift at Snowmass. The full service BBQ restaurant has floor to ceiling glass windows (20 ft?) overlooking miles of snowcapped mountains. It ranks in the top five most stunning dining views I have experienced. (thus the Five Star ranking) The Smokehouse serves BBQ, salads and burgers, and closes daily at 3pm. Being a North Carolinian, I was suspicious of the “Carolina BBQ Sandwich”, but it was surprisingly good and a large portion. Prices are between $7 up to $18 for a half rack of ribs. They have a nice selection of wines by the glass. The wait staff was friendly and quick. There was also a snack/coffee area with self serve seating. My son and I are immediate skiers and there were easy blue trails down from Sam’s Knob. I inquired with Trip Advisor to add this restaurant as the views are not to be missed if you are skiing at Snowmass! But go early or late, as it is a popular slope side dining spot during lunch.
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