Warm your gullet with these satisfying ski-day dishes
Utah’s ski resorts have long been known for impressive evening gustatory offerings. More recently, many properties have endeavored to up their lunchtime gastronomic game. Here’s our take on worthy pow-day chow at Solitude, Alta, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain resorts—where skiers and boarders can satiate their culinary cravings without having to leave the slopes.
Cider-braised Beef Short Rib $23 pictured above
Building on several years of effort elevating the dining experience at all 13 Park City Mountain Resort restaurants, executive chef of mountain dining Alex Malmborg and his team have added nearly 40 dishes to their on-mountain menus for the 2017-18 season. Offering fine-dining cuisine at 8,300-feet in elevation with spectacular views of the Wasatch Range, Lookout Cabin’s cider-braised beef short rib is stunning in its own right. Featuring grass-fed beef from Pleasant Creek Ranch in Mount Pleasant, Utah, the fork-tender short rib is accented with truffled sunchokes, earthy maitake mushrooms and a shishito gremolata for added flavor and kick.
Park City Mountain Resort
4000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City
Thai Chicken Salad $16
Chef Ed McCall has been dishing up skier favorites at Rustler Lodge since 1989, offering fine-dining flair with an unbeatable view as a backdrop. Piled high and healthy, the Thai chicken salad served during lunch comes with all the elements of a perfect plate—crunch from fresh peppers and toasted almonds, citrus from mandarin oranges, and sweet heat delivered by the Thai peanut dressing. The salad is packed with plenty of juicy marinated chicken and Thai noodles to sustain skiers for at least another half day of powder shots.
Alta Ski Area
10380 E. Highway 210, Alta
Himalayan Meat Entrée $11.75
Solitude’s Roundhouse, the newly rebuilt hut located on-mountain between the Moonbeam and Eagle Express chairlifts, offers up a lunchtime menu of Himalayan and Wasatch Mountain-inspired cuisine perfect for budget-minded hungry patrons. The Himalayan meat entrée combo delivers the best value with a generous taste of tangy butter chicken simmered in yogurt and spices, spicy braised lamb curry and a choice of a flavorful saag paneer (sautéed spinach and paneer cheese) or a hearty dal bhat (lentil and vegetable stew) along with jasmine rice and naan. Pair your meal with Solitude’s new BrewSki beer from Bohemian Brewery while soaking up some of Utah’s gorgeous sunshine on the patio.
Solitude Mountain Resort
12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude
Salmon Rillettes $20
One of the hidden gems at Deer Valley mid-mountain, Goldener Hirsch restaurant is nestled inside the charming Austrian-styled Goldener Hirsch Inn—known for exceptional service and attention to detail. At the restaurant, executive chef Ryan Burnham creates a rich and creamy salmon rillettes starter to share around the table. Indulge in the delicate jar of flaky poached salmon folded into a fines herbes mousse and topped with bright citrus-cured salmon roe. Served with marbled slices of grilled rye bread, you’ll find this delicious pot of goodness on both the lunch and dinner menus.
Goldener Hirsch Inn
7570 Royal St. East, Deer Valley