In the spirit of Winter Olympics I want to approach it from a new angle today. I’d like to lay out some great ideas and reviews for the newest and best places to eat, drink, and be merry! The restaurants, bars, and music venues around ski areas have seen major additions and improvements in the last year and deserve to be mentioned. So whether you are planning a family ski vacation, spring break, or just a great ski retreat get away here is the latest and greatest information. And – of course – the best deals on timeshare condos for rent or sale in these areas.
The Pickle Barrel is a Killington institution that has hosted thousands of acts, from Snoop Dog to Blues Traveler.
Jay Peak – After $300 million in upgrades, Jay Peak – near the Canadian Border – has added an ice rink, two hotels, several restaurants including Mountain Dick’s pizza joint, and a 60,000 square foot water park.
Stowe – Stowe Mountain Lodge’s Solstice restaurant specialty: truffled pot roast. Also the Mountain invested $3.4 million into snow making this summer so that Stowe’s Front Four trails will be well covered.
Canyons at Park City – Don’t miss the Winter Zip Tour, a 2,000 ft zip line that hits 50 miles per hour. In the village you will enjoy top music acts like Toots and the Maytals. Where to eat? Red Tail Grill for southwestern.
Snowbird – Just one thing to say: Aerie restaurant serving everything from sushi to steak. The Gad 2 lift has been upgraded with a high speed quad lift. Less waiting!
Deer Valley – One of the best restaurants in Park City, the Mariposa, serves pork, lamb, and bison. After dinner make your way to High West. High West distills their own whiskey and vodka. Be sure to order a Dead Man’s Boot.
Alta – Get remote. 40 miles from Salt Lake City is Alta – tucked away in a corner of Little Cottonwood Canyon. You day won’t be complete without an Epic stout at the Snowpine Lounge.
Breckenridge – Party at the T-Bar at the base of the mountain or the more rowdy Gold Pan.
Copper Mountain – A word about Camp Woodward. It is an indoor nearly 20,000 square foot ski, skate, snowboard, and bike park. Summer of 2013 brought a $500,000 renovation adding ramps, jumps, foam pits, and trampolines. A “must see” in Copper Mountain for sure.
Vail – Mountain Standard is the new steak house in town. It is owned and managed by the owners of Vail’s Sweet Basil.
Aspen – There’s always something new and cool happening in Aspen! The Aspen Skiing Company added more expert terrain on Snowmass Mountain, adding 243 acres of glades and powder. Bands like Vampire Weekend and Grouplove can be caught live at hot spots like Belly Up Aspen every weekend.
Beaver Creek – Maya is a high end Mexican restaurant at the base of the Beaver Creek access road. Awesome reviews from what I’ve seen. Starting this year chefs at Beaver Creek will be introducing Colorado lamb burgers and strawberry-rhubarb cobbler at the new mid mountain Talons restaurant.
I have more notes for Jackson Hole, Whistler Blackcomb, Squaw Valley, Oregon, Washington, and a few others. Maybe next time.