Beautiful, gorgeous, Snowbasin Resort. I was really
excited when we decided to feature Snowbasin on Female Foodie because it’s where I originally learned how to ski. With its 3,000 skiable acres and 3,000 verticle feet I eagerly made my way up just last week. As an elementary school kid, my mom loaded me and my brother on a charter bus each weekend and sent us up to this mountain. I remember lots of ski lessons, hundreds of falls, and on the first day of ski school swallowing my pride and asking a stranger to ski down with me after I’d overly ambitiously tried skiing down one of the hardest hill in the resort. I will never forget, even at a young age, my brother and I marveling at the newly built lodges and gondola, just weeks before the winter olympics would take Salt Lake City in 2002. I truly love Snowbasin and was excited to check out their seasonal menu items in three separate locations.
Our first stop was at the top of the John Paul Express inside the John Paul Lodge, where we enjoyed a couple of amazing menu items alongside our incredible view. First was a fresh spinach salad topped with blueberries, strawberries, goat cheese, and candied walnuts. My first taste of several innovative and freshly prepared dishes that day. Item number two was the Ragin’ Cajun Chili, slow cooked with ground pork, Andouille sausage, cajun spices, fresh vegetables, and beans. I was delighted to learn that each fall Snowbasin hosts a No Name Chili Festival with a dozen or so chilis blind tested by guests. The winner’s chili each year is then featured the following season at the John Paul Lodge for all guests to enjoy. Thanks to Aric Glanville, Snowbasin Resort’s executive sous chef for this delectable winner. I have be dreaming of this chili ever since!
After venturing on the mountain a little bit more, we made our way up the mountain again on the Needles Gondola to the Needles Lodge where we marveled yet again at another breathtaking view. The Needles Lodge has a more classic “American” feel with a menu of burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and pitas. After I sat down and had a glance at the Bomber Burger, it was love at first sight. This Snowbasin spin on burger meets reuben is loaded with swiss cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. Juicy and glutenous in every imaginable way. We also took at stab at their delicious classic gyro filled with grilled lamb, romaine, tomatoes, red onion, and tzatziki sauce. We paired the burger and gyro with a fresh and zesty greek salad topped with roasted artichokes, kalamata olives, red onions, feta cheese, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Top notch dining for a meal on the mountain.
Just when I thought that this dream day at Snowbasin couldn’t get better, we headed to the Cinnabar inside Earl’s Lodge for the highlight of my dining experience at Snowbasin Resort. Cinnabar is the place to be after a long day of skiing if you’re looking for live music, Après dining, and specialty drinks. We cozied up in a corner and enjoyed trying Snowbasin’s seasonal creations for this part of their base location including the shrimp & soba noodles Thai coconut curry bowl, hummus and pita plate, house smoked salmon, Friday fish tacos, and a Utah cheese & Italian meat plate. The food here is like nothing I’d experienced at Snowbasin before (shot out to sack lunches) and completed our mountain day. Executive Chef Scott Sniggs has knocked himself out providing guests with seasonal, local items to match a pristine mountain experience. Special thanks to Marketing & PR Coordinator Samantha Case for making my day at Snowbasin an unforgettable one. Until next time!
Snowbasin Resort (3925 Snow Basin Road, Huntsville, UT // 801.620.1000)