Resort Report January 2012


Ski resort dining has come along way in recent years. Do yourself a favor and skip the brown-bagged PB&J for a day and try one of these great options at local resorts.

Alta Ski Area

Satisfy your mid-day hunger on mountain at Watson Shelter and try their 100% grass fed Utah beef hamburger. Not a carnivore? Their tasty french fries, salads and soups are sure to fill you. When you return to the base, enjoy a lively après ski scene at Goldminer’s Saloon with freshly-baked pizza and a large selection local and national beer.

Brian Head

Try the Skiers Buffet Breakfast at Cedar Breaks Café to get fully charged for a day out. Return in the evening for casual dining and sumptuous desserts. The Lift Bar & Patio in the Grand Lodge offers the best après ski atmosphere with big screen TVs and karaoke nights. Their affordable menu includes unique appetizers like fried alligator bites, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads and soups.


Milly Chalet, Brighton’s newest lodge, is located at the bottom of the Millicent Quad and features great food, beautiful views and outdoor seating for lounging on sunny days. (Plus, season passholders save 10% here.) But no visit to Brighton is complete without a stop at Molly Green’s for a gigantic order of their famous nachos. They also offer microbrews on draft, a full bar and a cozy fireplace. Molly Green’s is accessible on foot for non-skiers who want to take part in après ski fun.


Canyons dining is varied and plentiful after last season’s upgrades. So try a new spot on your next visit! For healthy fare on the far side, try the new Cloud Dine at the top of DreamScape and DreamCatcher lifts. Hearty salads and creative sandwiches put a healthy spin on ski food. For a treat, stop by Bruge Waffles outside Red Pine Lodge where hot, authentic Belgian waffles with toppings like melted dark chocolate and fresh fruit are available to-go. After a day of skiing, stop by the Umbrella Bar for a beer from their extensive menu. Greek food is available from a cart outside the bar, along with plenty of outdoor seating. For refined dining at the base, The Farm features an ever-changing artisan menu using local ingredients and boasting an impressive wine selection.

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley is rated #1 by Skiing magazine, and their fabulous food is definitely a contributing factor. Enjoy a gourmet sit-down lunch on the slopes at Royal Street Cafe where Turkey Chili, Wedge Salads, Pulled Pork Sandwiches and more are available to order. Or get a quick bite like chili, sweets and espresso at Snowshoe Tommy’s at the top of Bald Mountain or at Cushing’s Cabin at the top of Flagstaff Mountain. Then go all out with a big dinner at the famous, Zagat-rated Seafood Buffet in Snow Park Lodge. It includes sushi, salads, pasta, prime rib, chilled shellfish and delectable homemade desserts. Reservations recommend.

Eagle Point

Utah’s newest resort features two on-site dining options. The Skyline Cafe offers hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks. For a heartier meal, try the Outpost Grill, which specializes in comfort food and has a full bar. Relax over lunch or dinner by the fireplaces, then stay into the evening for live music and dancing.

Park City Mountain Resort

Refuel with tasty brats, veggie dogs and all-natural hot dogs at Cobra Dogs, PCMR’s newest food outlet, located at the base of 3 Kings Chairlift. Order your dog “Cobra Style,” then take a seat in the gondola cabins and watch skiers and boarders ride the park. For a health fix, try the plentiful Salad Bar at Legacy Café on the second floor in Legacy Lodge. It features standard salad bar veggies, plus fresh hummus, a large cheese display and freshly-prepared salads like Salmon Couscous and Pasta Salad. After skiing, head to Legends Bar & Grill on the ground floor of Legacy Lodge for a legendary Kobe beef burger and beer.

Powder Mountain

Fine dining isn’t the focus at Powder Mountain; this place is all about great, uncrowded skiing. But you have to eat something to fuel a long day, so stop by the Timberline Restaurant for sandwiches with homemade condiments and traditional ski fare.


Gourmet Italian specialties and salads are the order of the day at the famed John Paul Lodge, located at the top of the John Paul Express Quad, with upstairs seating surrounding a gorgeous four-sided fireplace and a wrap-around patio with breathtaking views. Prefer a quick bite? New this season, warm up at the Yurt with hot drinks and treats, located at the base of Middle Bowl Triple and open on weekends and holidays. Earl’s Lodge, at the base of the resort, offers tasty pizzas, grilled sandwiches and homemade soups daily. (Try the Tomato Basil Bisque!)


Ski-in and ski-out for lunch at the Mid-Gad Restaurant and take in the view on the outdoor patio while you munch on fries and homemade chili. On a budget? Grab a made-to-order sandwich from General Gritts at the base. The Godfather and Reuben are local’s favorites. After skiing, visit the Tram Club for a casual vibe, fish and chips, sports on 13 TVs and live music.

Solitude Mountain Resort

Get handmade pizza or a sandwich quickly so you can get back to skiing at Stone Haus Pizzeria and Creamery, located in the Village. Or stay on the slopes for lunch and enjoy barbecued favorites at the Sunshine Grill, located between Moonbeam and Eagle Express lifts. The recently-expanded Thirsty Squirrel is a great spot for kicking back and enjoying a drink at the end of the day. Stop in Friday–Sunday afternoons for hand-rolled sushi and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Sundance Resort

Grab a quick lunch on the mountaintop at Bearclaw, located at the top of Ray’s and Arrowhead lifts. You’ll see views of Heber and Utah Valleys and dine on yummy ski food like soup and burgers. Visit the Owl Bar at night for live music and affordable, tasty bar food like macaroni and cheese, nachos, burgers, ribs and more. Or indulge in an elegant dinner at the award-winning Tree Room, which offers fine cuisine overlooking Mount Timpanogos.

Wolf Creek Utah

Harley and Bucks ( in the Wolf Creek Utah Clubhouse is the place for gourmet post-ski dinning. Their extensive menu has affordable, delicious items like Texas style barbecue, steaks, seafood and more.


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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