When you ski down into the storybook-like village of St Christoph on a bluebird day you're instantly distracted by the crowds out front of Hospiz Alm. Sunning in loungers or seated around picnic tables, skiers break here in the afternoon to refuel on some of the region's best authentic cooking. Craving something savory? Order the enormous plate of wiener schnitzel or the pork spare ribs (a house speciality).
I love breakfast and sweets so I always go straight for the Kaiserschmarrn. A caramelized pancake that is shredded into pieces and topped with powder sugar and served with lingonberry jam, Kaiserschmarrn can be eaten for any meal really —breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. This Austrian dish was named for the Austrian emperor, Kaiser Franz Joseph, who was rumored to have been quite fond of the dish. At Hospiz Alm, the heaping portion comes served in a large cast iron pan, delivered to your table by adorable waiters dressed in wooden bow ties and lederhosen.
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Slide Down to a Wine Cellar
Hospiz Alm, a slopeside restaurant in the charming village of St. Christoph, has fulfilled many wine geeks fantasies. I had to pinch myself the first time I arrived and a waiter in a wooden bow tie escorted me to a slide (yes, a slide) which dropped me to an enormous pad-locked wine cellar. Behind that door lies one of the most spectacular wine collections I've ever laid eyes upon. The great thing about drinking wine in Austria, is that we don't get many of these fantastic Austrian wines in the States. But the real wow factor at Hospiz Alm is that the cellar lays claim to one of the world's largest collections of large-format Bordeaux. If you're lucky, sommelier Adi Werner will give you a cellar tour, or even better, open a bottle and provide a tasting.