Although temperatures have been on the rise this week, there’s still plenty of time left to get out and ski or snowboard this winter season. And one of the best venues to do that – particularly if you’re a foodie – is at Snowbasin Resort. A new food and beverage team at the resort, along with a recently renovated Earl’s Lodge means that the dining options at Snowbasin are better than they’ve ever been, not to mention more eclectic.
Alan Dickerson, the recently appointed Director of Food and Beverage said, “We are excited about the renovation of Earl’s with the addition of a few new stations like Beehive Beer and Basin Bakery and Barista! Above all we are eager for our guests to enjoy the updated menu items throughout the resort.”
In addition to the makeover at Earl’s Lodge, new Executive Chef Nick Davies has added new menu items at Needles Lodge, including two tacos – Pork Al Pastor & Chimichurri Chicken, plus French Onion Soup, a Sweet Potato Salad, and more. Also, John Paul Lodge has expanded the Belgian Waffle Station with operations all day long, as well as offering items such as Schnitzel and Waffles, Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage, Bavarian Giant Pretzel, an Apple and Brie Panini and much more.
One of the great new additions to Earl’s Lodge is the Noodles station, where you’ll find options like Vietnamese Pho, Chicken Alfredo, Pasta Bolognese, Lo Mein, and Mac ‘N Cheese.
I especially enjoyed the Curry Ramen – a big, generous bowl of Asian noodles in a savory curry sauce (choice of red or yellow) with green onions, bok choy, bamboo shoots, egg, shiitakes and chili oil. The ramen can be ordered with beef, chicken or tofu. It’s an awesome lunch that’s hearty but won’t weigh you down for afternoon skiing.
A new salad station at Earl’s Lodge features a healthy range of scrumptious salads, including a Sweet Potato Salad, Thai salad with sesame ginger vinaigrette, a Winter Green Salad, and the Mother Earth: power greens, kale, quinoa, roasted sweet potato, grape tomatoes, roasted squash, and a honey-lemon vinaigrette.
My wife really enjoyed her Classic Chicken Caesar, with crispy fresh romaine, croutons, parmesan, grilled chicken (or you can add salmon), and a traditional Caesar dressing. As with my Curry Ramen, the salad portions are very generous and filling.
For pizza lovers, Earl’s now also offers a Pizza station with an assortment of pizzas and toppings either by the slice or whole pies. There’s also a pizza slice and half-salad option as well as a personal gluten-free pizza available.
Where’s the meat, you ask? It’s at the Carvery, where you can sink your teeth into a Corned Beef Reuben with freshly carved corned beef, blaukraut, Swiss cheese and remoulade on marble rye bread. Or, try the Smoked Turkey, House-Smoked Pull Pork, or perhaps Cedar Plank Salmon with bacon, arugula, tomato and avocado aioli.
The all-new Bakery at Earl’s serves a mouthwatering array of pastries including cinnamon rolls, croissants, breakfast breads, Danishes, strudels, tarts, bear claws, specialty muffins, moose bombs, cupcakes, cookies and more. The sticky buns at the Bakery are out of this world!
But wait, there’s more! Earl’s Lodge now also offers guests good old comfort foods from their Homestyle menu. Choices include Loaded Baked Potatoes, Classic Beef Chili, Vegetarian Three Bean Chili, and Tomato Bisque. But the dish that really floored me was the Old Fashioned Turkey Pot Pie – a delicious example of Earl’s’ home cookin’.
As I mentioned, Earl’s Lodge isn’t the only dining spot at Snowbasin to have gotten a menu makeover. With dining both inside and out – and with spectacular deck views – John Paul Lodge now offers guests items like Schnitzel and Waffles, Apple and Brie Panini, Bavarian Giant Pretzel, Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage, and a lot more. Of course, you can still enjoy an old, trusted standby such as the Basin Burger and a beer, as well.
In addition to all of the aforementioned food options, Snowbasin also now offers guests Earl’s Lodge easy grab-and-go foods, a craft beer station, barista station and upgraded Dining Discovery Dinners on special evenings. Keep an eye on the Snowbasin website for Dining Discovery announcements. Meanwhile, enjoy skiing and eating at Snowbasin Resort for the remainder of the winter season and stay tuned for more info here about summer fun to come.
Photos by Ted Scheffler and courtesy of Snowbasin
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.