The quality of both resort and mountain restaurants in Canyons is higher than you’ll find in many American ski resorts. We’re not saying it matches the likes of Zermatt or the Dolomites in the Alps for food: but there’s a lot more on offer than the usual burger-and-wraps schtick. Park City, just up the road, gives it plenty of extra gastronomic heft.
Pick of the mountain restaurants are Lookout Cabin and Cloud Dine. Lookout Cabin is for a proper, posh sit-down lunch that lasts until the lifts close – think pork loin, short ribs, and salmon. Although local superstar Kaylin Richardson reckons you’re best doubling up on its fondues. “Cheese first, then chocoate,” she says. Lookout sits next to the Orange Bubble Express mid-station, so it’s not hard to find.
Cloud Dine – on the left-hand edge of the Canyons trail map – is trickier to reach. The highlight here is its fresh, oven-baked pizzas. Welove2ski would happily walk up the mountain to eat one of those.
There’s good eating in the resort village too
There’s no doubt where the quality is at the bottom of the lifts. The Farm – opposite the Red Pine Gondola – was named “Best New Restaurant” in Utah in Salt Lake Magazine a couple of years back, and thoroughly deserves its reputation (they do a superb slow-cooked pork loin). However, we’ve also eaten well (although at a less exalted level) at the Redtail Grill next door. Here, the big salads are the standout items on the menu.
And let’s not forget Main Street, Park City
You’d be mad to ski Canyons and not go out for a meal on Main Street, Park City at least once on your trip. This is the beating gastronomic heart of the area, and has a cheerful, upscale-but-not-stuffy atmosphere. Try Riverhorse on Main or Talisker on Main for a budget-busting celebration. The High West distillery, just off Main Street, is a more laid-back affair. The main dining room, which was once a livery stable, is a big, buzzing room, and the food’s good: but real reason for coming here is to sample the whiskeys they distil on-site. So after the first hour or so you’re not going to care much what’s on your plate…