The El Niño year has started off with great promise, dumping huge amounts of snow on the mountains of California, Utah and Colorado.
PARK CITY, UTAH
The new Quicksilver Gondola opened in Park City making it the largest ski resort in United States. Park City also launched Miners Camp Restaurant. Construction on Quicksilver and Miners Camp began in the summer of 2015 as part of a $50 million improvements campaign to connect Park City and neighboring Canyons Resort. Now, a quick, 8 ½ minute ride on Quicksilver is all that separates guests from experiencing hundreds of trails across Park City and Canyons Village.
Miners Camp, located at the base of the Silverlode Lift, replaces the old Snow Hut and offers guests a cozy escape from the slopes. The new on-mountain restaurant features 500 indoor seats and a fresh menu highlighted by local ingredients, daily specials, handmade flatbread pizzas, Mediterranean dishes and local beer.
Park City appointed Manual Rozehmal as Executive Chef of The Farm. To complement Rozehmal’s hire and the newly expanded resort’s debut this winter, the food and beverage program also refreshed menus across various dining locations, including The Farm, Murdock’s Café and Red Tail Grill.
Rozehmal is originally from a small village in the mountains of Germany. He started professionally cooking at age 15 at Le Méridien in Munich through a three-year apprentice program while he also attended culinary school. He received his culinary fundamentals from his grandfather, who took him hunting for mushrooms in the morning, and from helping his grandmother cook dinner with the foraged produce. After receiving his culinary degree, Rozehmal continued cooking in Germany and Switzerland until moving to Dana Point, CA to work as a junior sous chef with world-renowned Chef Michael Mina at Stonehill Tavern. Missing the mountains from his hometown in Germany, Rozehmal was drawn to Park City.
Rozehmal’s background has inspired delicious additions to Park City’s restaurant portfolio, including made-from-scratch soft pretzels with house-made caraway mustard, as well as hot potato soup with cabbage and grilled sausage.
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CALIFORNIA
Benefiting from a uniquely high elevation, Mammoth’s ski season is the longest in California, starting last year on Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11). With 7 months of snow the norm, there’s plenty of time to eat, drink, and experience everything that Mammoth Lakes has to offer.
Après favorite Mammoth Brewing Company continues to expand its new tasting room, opening an upstairs seating area that will expand capacity, allow for private group events and live music.
The New Holiday Haus Hostel offers budget-minded travelers a new lodging option in Mammoth Lakes. The comfortable and modern rooms, kitchen and common areas are located on Main Street, walking distance from the Village Gondola, restaurants, bars and nightlife.
53 Kitchen and Cocktails is Mammoth’s newest eatery in the heart of the Village. Fuel up for a day in the mountains with a good breakfast, and cap the day off with an artisanal cocktail and a selection from a diverse dinner menu. The stage and expansive dance floor also make 53 the destination for live music and entertainment well into the evening.
When Skadi closed its doors two years ago locals thought the restaurant was gone for good. “Back by popular demand” is an overused cliché but it certainly applies here. After spending the intervening years hearing from Mammoth Lakes’ locals about how much they miss the eatery, Chef Ian Algerøen reopened the doors at Skadi. Now located on Berner St. near the Village, Skadi is back to offer authentic high alpine cuisine.
Located inside Bleu Handcrafted Foods, the Tasting Bar offers customizable tours of cured meats, artisanal cheeses and the beer and wines that best complement them. Served atop Bleu’s custom Charcuterie hanger, it’s an excellent après experience, particularly for groups. The culinary tour is curated by Bleu’s knowledgeable staff and updated regularly. Reservations are recommended.
Five nights throughout the season, Woolly’s Tube Park hosts Electric Tubing and transforms into an electric circus in the forest with DJ’s, drinks (adult and otherwise), food, glow sticks, laser lighting and of course, snow tubing.
Tamarack Full Moon Tours are available every full moon this winter (and the evenings immediately before and after). Naturalist-led tours of the wilderness surrounding Mammoth Lakes take on a whole different feel; the snow on the trails and surrounding mountains soak up the moon’s glow, allowing for comfortable visibility and an unforgettable experience. Guests can cross-country ski or snowshoe the two hour tour, which finishes with drinks and s’mores around the iconic fireplace at Tamarack Lodge.
The Osprey Fireside Grill has opened at The Osprey at Beaver Creek, in the heart of Beaver Creek, CO. As part of the upgrade and rebranding, there is a brand new post oak and peach wood-fueled custom smoker outside The Osprey Backyard, adjacent to the Strawberry Park lift, and six new beer taps that will offer guests rotating beer flights, complete with local Colorado brews.
Telluride Distilling Company, Telluride’s first distillery, offers two types of rums, whiskey, and vodka. The equipment and processes used have been developed in-house and create a truly hand-crafted product. The tasting room is open Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
EpicMixTime, an expansion of ski and snowboard app, EpicMix, uses anonymized, crowd-sourced Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals to estimate lift line wait times. Using breakthrough technology, EpicMixTime calculates and displays up-to-the-minute lift line wait times at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone.
Where to Stay
The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail is located in the heart of Vail Village. Known throughout the region for its elegant European-style spa, the Sonnenalp features a relaxed seating area surrounding the fireplace. Hotel guests can store ski equipment in air-circulating lockers at Mountain Adventure Center, next to the Vista Bahn, the main ski lift out of Vail Village. The Sonnenalp Ski Shop offers adult ski rentals and accessories, as well as snowshoes and crosscountry skis. Guests of the Sonnenalp may request the use of the hotel’s Lexus sedans or 4-wheel drive luxury utility vehicles for transportation needs during their stay.
A full-service, luxury resort in an idyllic mountain setting, Resort at Squaw Creek rests at the base of Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and just minutes from California’s North Lake Tahoe. This AAA Four-Diamond is ideally situated to offer access to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, now accessible with one lift ticket. The dramatic lobby, through its floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooks a cascading waterfall and the breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains. 405 luxurious resort rooms and suites, complete with resort-style kitchens, fireplaces and LCD flat-screen TVs, comfort guests in mountain home ambiance.
With record levels of snow already blanketing Northstar California Resort’s mountain, guests and day visitors alike can enjoy a unique après-ski offering: The Champagne Experience, which includes champagne by the glass or the bottle with oysters on the half shell, available Friday – Sunday throughout the ski season at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Adjacent to the Champagne Bar is an authentic 6-passenger Silver Green Gondola, cabin number 14, which is one of the 160 gondola cabins, originally constructed in Veryins, France during 1986 by Sigma. The unique gondola has LED lighting inside, a Bose sound system and Bluetooth capabilities. Guests can relax in the remodeled interior, listen to music, have a drink or use the gondola as a fun backdrop for photos and selfies.
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