Why Foodies Flock to Deer Valley Resort, UT

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Deer Valley’s Signature Snow. Photo: Deer Valley

The ingredients of a great ski trip include a lot more than just great skiing. You want top-notch lodging, off-slope activities, après-ski spots, and of course, delicious food. Skiing powder all day will give you quite an appetite.

Deer Valley®, located in Park City, Utah, is known as a resort where the food is just as good as the skiing. There are more than a dozen unique places to eat on the mountain alone, with many more restaurants just down the road on Historic Main Street. You’ll never run out of options.

Breakfast at Snow Park Restaurant. Photo: Deer Valley

In the morning, you’ll find me at the Snow Park Restaurant. It’s right at the base area, so you can grab breakfast, and still get first tracks. The Natural Breakfast Buffet is packed with healthy fruit, nuts, yogurt, cereal and more. Made to order, there’s unbelievable pancakes, Belgian waffles, and my favorite, the housemade cinnamon challah French toast with banana butter and Vermont maple syrup.  

For those with less of an appetite, head over to Deer Valley Etc. and grab a specialty coffee, fresh baked good, and a few snacks for the day. If you slept late or just can’t wait to get out on the hill, take a few runs, then pop into the Empire Canyon Grill on the upper mountain for their continental breakfast with housemade pastries and fresh fruits.

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Grabbing a warm drink at Snowshoe Tommy’s. Photo: Deer Valley

Don’t eat too much for breakfast, because the on-hill lunch options are just as good. Bald Mountain Pho lets you pack custom Vietnamese pho bowls with all your favorites and the Goldener Hirsch Restaurant serves up AAA Four Diamond Award-winning American cuisine. Or, you can head back over to the Empire Canyon Grill for the Natural Salad Buffet, soups, chilies, panini sandwiches and more. That beats your typical ski area burgers and fries any day.

Fireside Dining. Photo: Deer Valley

For dinner at the resort, Fireside Dining at the Empire Canyon Lodge is a must. You’re treated to a four-course meal, featuring dishes from the European Alps, slowly cooked in front of stone fireplaces. There’s raclette, stews, salads, leg of lamb, dessert fondues, specialty wines, imported beers, and more. It’s a unique food experience you’ll never forget. You also can’t miss The Mariposa – rated #1 for food and service in Utah by the Zagat Restaurant Guide (that means it’s really good). The Brass Tag in the Lodges at Deer Valley serves hearty brick oven cuisine and even does take-out, if you’re completely wiped out from a day of skiing.

“Top 5 dinners I have ever had” – R. Sandman on The Mariposa

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Historic Park City Main Street. Photo: Park City

Just down the road on Park City’s Historic Main Street, there are more eating establishments than you can count. A favorite of mine is the Wasatch Brew Pub. It’s right at the top of Main Street and serves up local beer and food in a casual atmosphere. It’s a great spot to relax after a long day of skiing.

Five5eeds is one of Park City’s most popular and top-rated eating establishments. The food is fresh, healthy, and always unique. Your meal will be as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds.

“This is hands down one of the nicest places I know of to eat – anywhere.” – Suzie T. on Five5eeds

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Unique dishes at Five5eeds. Photo: Five5eeds

Looking for something for the whole family? If you venture a bit off Main Street, you’ll find Este Pizza. It’s worth the trip for New York-style, thin crust pies that are arguably the best around. I make a stop there every time I’m in town. Main Street Pizza & Noodle is another great place to take the kids, but get there early, it’s popular.

No matter what you like to eat, Deer Valley Resort has you covered.

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