Because a good meal is an integral part of any great ski day.
The resort's flagship Zagat-rated restaurant inside Silver Lake Lodge exudes rustic elegance complemented by Chef Clark Norris's classic yet contemporary menu. A Wine Spectator award-winning wine list enhances a meal that is not to be missed. Try the signature dish, pan-roasted sea scallops with house-cured bacon-chive risotto and granny smith beurre blanc.
It’s a tie. Deer Valley’s seafood buffet costs $60 a head, but nearly every non-mammalian ocean dweller is available for your eating pleasure. If crustaceans make you feel like Captain Nemo, Crested Butte’s Slogar will thrust you into a mash-up of Victorian-era Colorado and Colonel Sanders’s ranch. For $16, Slogar patrons get half a skillet-fried chicken and bottomless dishes of creamed corn, buttermilk biscuits with honey butter, mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, butter pickles, and cinnamon-poached pears.
El Chubasco (Park City, Utah)
Sushi Village (Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia)
Pugsley’s Pub (Sunday River, Maine)
The massive seafood buffet at the Snow Park Lodge is not to be missed.
Zagat rated the Titantic-sized Seafood Buffet in Snow Park Lodge as one of the Salt Lake City area’s top 10 restaurants this year. The buffet boasts a bounty, from fresh Dungeness crab and tiger shrimp to Pacific oysters and crab risotto cakes with lemon-ginger aioli—even Thai seafood chowder. A summer remodel of the restaurant’s architecture aims to give this season’s guests more opportunity to interact with chefs. Adults $62, children 11 years old and under $34; deervalley.com
White Pine Touring, based in Park City, Utah, offers Moonlight Magic Snowshoe Dinner Hikes Wednesday through Saturday nights. Tours leave from Deer Valley’s mid-mountain Empire Canyon Lodge at 6 p.m. for a one-hour trek over the trails behind the grandiose lodge. The finale? A four-course dinner at Empire Canyon. Each Fireside Dining course is prepared inside one of the lodge’s cavernous stone fireplaces. At the Empire fireplace, try raclette cheese, cured Italian and Swiss meats and baguettes. At the North fireplace, sample veal and mushroom stew served with potato rosti.