The lunch stop during a day on the slopes used to be nothing to look forward to. Pre-made sangas or chips and gravy were the best on offer in clinical cafeterias charging three times the standard price.

Leave the wet gear on the heaters, the kids in the cafeteria and the snow outside.

The family-run Merritts Moutain House on Thredbo Mountain is a point of difference. Step inside the faux-European lodge and your frosty nose will thaw out immediately.

A little bit of snow doesn’t stop this bistro from serving superb food at 1225m. Each day staff load 200 boxes of fresh produce onto the chairlift – they had to stop stocking pink cupcakes when the crows started attacking the baked goods on the way up.

Old-fashioned winter comfort food including lamb shanks and winter vegetables, gourmet hot pot pies and old-fashion macaroni and cheese easily turns the lunchtime stop into a long afternoon feast.

Hardcore skiers can grab wraps, strudel and mulled wine to go but savvy diners will book out the private dining room in the back. An a la carte meal away from the crowds in this intimate space is a dining experience that’s bordering on sublime.

Leave the wet gear on the heaters, the kids in the cafeteria and the snow outside.

Where: Merrits chair lift, Thredbo Mountain NSW. (02) 6457 6084.

Did you know: The metre-wide pan used at Merritts to roast lamb shanks and vegetables was specially imported from Germany.

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