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Grander Canyons

Grander Canyons

As Utah’s Biggest resort comes of age, it’s still hard to characterize. But who cares? Because when it comes to ski terrain, multiple personality disorder isn’t a bad thing.
By Carrie Sheinberg, Contributor, SKI Magazine
posted: 11/04/2009
Hiking in The Canyons

If there’s one department in which even Canyons fans admit a shortcoming, it’s on-hill restaurants. As the area has expanded, its resources have not gone into traditional base lodges or food service as much as into the skier’s on-hill experience. But there are two exceptions, and they’re about as romantic as it gets.

Lookout Cabin, a lunch spot, perches on a spiny ridge at the top of the Short Cut lift. The views from there are spectacular—literally 360 degrees of The Canyons resort and the rolling Uinta basin. I once enjoyed Kobe beef burgers served on linen tablecloths there—and then skied, slowly and poorly, out the door after dessert.

That was a few years ago. Tonight, after a long ski day, we bundle up for a 25-minute sleigh ride up the hill in near total darkness to the tiny Viking Yurt. The stars are out, and the cold has set in, but I’m warmed by my husband and 30 of our soon-to-be closest friends. When we arrive, the proprietor, Joy, greets us with a glass of warm glogg, a traditional Norwegian drink. It gets  romantic fast under the circular, wood-framed tent. Aquavit is served in stone chalices. Candles are lit (there’s no electricity, just a wood stove). And somebody starts playing torch songs on the baby grand. During the five-course meal, a man proposes marriage (accepted!). Another couple celebrate their 37th anniversary. The rest of us drink a lot, eat more and enjoy the company of newfound pals.

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