When Chris Heinz and Mike Mercatoris opened Grind in 2011, their mission was simple: “We wanted to get a little healthier and be a little more sustainable in a way that was still accessible,” says Heinz, a South Dakota native. At their restaurant (named for in-house meat grinding, not for filing edges or riding rails), Heinz brings a chef’s eye to the kitchen and an appreciation of quality to the table.
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
An off-season adventure around the lake in three days.
Come for the snow, stay for the sun. As many locals will agree, summers in Tahoe are just as beautiful and full of adventure as the winters inspiring many a seasonal resort worker to stay long after last chair. Just two hours east of Sacramento on Interstate 80, Tahoe's sunny days on the beach, adrenaline pumping bike rides and wild night life of the South Shore are just a few reasons why a trip to the lake should be on your vacation agenda this summer.