With its perfect powder and extensive hiking trails, there are countless ways to work up an appetite in Deer Valley year-round. And thankfully, between the slopes and nearby Park City, there are just as many ways to quench that appetite. Indeed, America’s largest ski resort combines the best of both worlds, with more than 7,300 acres of skiable (and hike-able and mountain bike-able!) terrain, plus an impressive roster of restaurants to satisfy every craving and style — from the chic après-ski crowd to the laidback local wrangler scene.
For a Five-Star Supper: Riverhouse on Main
Nothing is stuffy in Deer Valley — that’s part of its charm — but this restaurant on Park City’s picturesque Main Street is about as sophisticated as the Wasatch Mountains get. Still, rusticity plays into everything here, whether it’s the exposed wood beams in the dining room or the menu chock-full of hearty yet elegantly prepared dishes like the pan-roasted tomahawk pork chop and macadamia-nut-crusted Alaskan halibut.
Pro tip: Contact your Exclusive Resorts concierge to book reservations in advance. There’s a reason this place has been Park City’s best for 35 years — it’s always full!
For a Classic Alpine Stübe: Goldener Hirsch
How do you get to the Bavarian Alps from Deer Valley? Follow the scent of crispy wiener schnitzel and the unmistakable sound of good times to Goldener Hirsch in Silver Lake Village. Amid hand-painted murals and ornately carved antique chairs, this classic stübe is elevated by a touch of Park City class thanks to Executive Chef Nicolas Lebas. Here, the fondue is served with extravagant extras like Wagyu beef and cremini confit, and the Austrian pints are poured alongside espresso martinis. Prost!
For a Slope-Side Snack: Silver Lake Grab ‘n’ Go
Don’t scoff at the Grab ‘n’ Go. The legendary fuel stop located midway up Bald Eagle belongs on any Deer Valley best-of list for its cookie sandwiches alone. Nearly as big as your head and crammed with gooey ice cream, they are scientifically proven to be the perfect calorie intake for a day of skiing. (Ok, maybe not scientifically proven, but trust us.) Grab a Wasatch Elk burger or Niman Ranch bratwurst and dine al fresco at McHenry Snow Beach, where you can watch the daredevils shred gnar down the mountain while you fuel up. Then head up the gondola and show off your own moves.
For an Instant Belly-Warmer: Hana Ramen Bar
Soup is for the sick, but ramen? That’s for connoisseurs — especially when it’s 10 degrees outside and dropping. Chef Mike Harrison trained under Tokyo’s legendary ramen chef Takeshi Koitani, and now he brings his master’s noodle-and-broth excellence to the foodies of Deer Valley in this no-frills Park City spot specializing in savory tonkotsu, bao, fried chicken, and gyoza. The restaurant’s motto — to serve up the best soul-warming ramen possible — is enough to thaw your toes (and fill your stomach).
For Après All Day: Montage Deer Valley’s Après Lounge
You might need to pull strings to snag one of the coveted reservations at this seasonal lounge set within an actual yurt — but we promise it’s worth it. The limited seating isn’t the only thing that makes it exclusive: Created in partnership with Veuve Clicquot, it is the place to drink the legendary orange label’s most sought-after releases (plus Dom Perignon, Taittinger, and the other usual bubbly suspects). There’s also plenty of Tsar Nicoulai Caviar to go around amid the flannel high-back armchairs and fur throws.
For a Good Ol’ Country Night Out: High West Saloon
It’s not an overstatement to say that High West is famous — not only in these parts but the world over — for its high-ranking whiskies made in the nearby mountains. But you don’t have to ride your trusty steed out to the range to sip on some fine Rendezvous Rye and Yippi Ki-Yay Double Rye; the label’s Park City saloon is the hottest spot for a late night thanks to generous flights and inventive (and strong!) cocktails. There’s plenty of comfort food, like elk and bison Bolognese, to keep you going, and the adjoining general store makes it easy to bring a few bottles on home, too.