The Double Life of Snow Park Restaurant

Snow falling slowly to the ground is transcending and full of magic. A blanket stitched together one fat flake at a time, it smooths the sharp edges of the world offering a more tender landscape to the senses. Few things are more inviting than the best snow on earth, and few places more than Deer Valley. Under a dark Utah sky and through the lights of the Snow Park Lodge, my friend Kate and I walked toward the Seafood Buffet last night, all smiles after several days of great skiing.

I had come to lunch last week at the Snow Park Restaurant, enjoying New York Strip with béarnaise, Seared Scallop Florentine, and a piece of cheesecake that was, as Will Ferrell says, “Scrumtrulescent.” The Scallop Florentine is easily one of my new favorites. I am almost certain that it is meant to be served over pasta, but with scallops that tender and a simmering sweet sauce I couldn’t let anything get in their way.

Instructors from the Deer Valley Ski School were enjoying lunch a few tables away, hands gesturing in smooth arcs and deep angles like pilots talking about turns and maneuvers carved out of the sky. Like many Mondays at a ski mountain everyone was very relaxed and in no hurry. I browsed the food, taking note of the house made bratwurst and gourmet pizza for my next day visit. When I was asked to come back for Seafood Dinner I readily agreed.

As we were seated for dinner the restaurant was relaxed, guests mingling at the tables and serving stations. I was immediately drawn to the Natural Buffet, specifically the Opillio crab. I may live in the Wasatch now but was raised in Maryland. Hardly a crab has gotten by me over the years. After living near the southern tidewaters for the past several years Kate naturally leaned toward the fresh shucked oysters, and steamed clams and mussels. As we began to eat it occurred to me that few foods encourage sharing like seafood. Take two or more people with a passion for sustainable gathering from the sea, and the conversation will travel up and down the coasts of the country. 

Our talk was punctuated with trips to the sushi bar and carving station (Double R Ranch prime beef!) along with our server recommended sable fish and ahi tuna.

After nearly an hour of talking and eating we made a last foray, standing at the bakery trying to make the most difficult decision of the evening. Chocolate raspberry torte and coffee finished us, the mesmerizing spell of a great meal slowly receding. Several inches had fallen while we were inside, promising a great day to come and capping a wonderful evening.

Make reservations for yourself and some friends online or by phone at 435-645-6632. If you can, take a friend who has never been to Deer Valley before. The look of contentment on their face at the end of the evening is almost as rewarding as the meal itself. Thanks to Ryan and the rest of the staff of the Snow Park Restaurant for an outstanding meal.

 

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Everyone here has complained about our winter. I stay quiet. I love the fluffy powder. I don’t care for freezing rain though.

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Literally on my way! Wish I lived closer (and it’s only an hour, so I shouldn’t be conplaining!😂)

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Deer Valley Resort - Keep it coming. I will be skiing there Thursday. Appreciate all of the advance snow - know you are arranging it just for us!

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Beautiful view but they can keep the snow

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It’s beautiful

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Oh my!!! Enjoy your skiing 😀🍀💝. It is so pretty

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And long may it continue......until at the very least into next week so that there's plenty for me when I arrive on Friday evening!!! ⛷⛷❄️❄️

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We just left :-( Urgggh!

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Esto es lo que tenemos par el día de hoy a extremar precauciones al conducir ☘️

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Still waiting here in Steamboat for it to arrive

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Hay carmen ver y alo mejor cenir unos dias t gusta pero vivir y ir a trabajar con tanto frii ya eso a nadie nos gusta yo ya no admiro eso la verdad

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Beautiful

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Beautiful

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Looks like a full house.

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Woohoo!!!

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Finally

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Have fun everyone today... I was planning on being there this week until I got injured and had to cancel.... I’m sad all week... Miss it there⛷❄️

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Great memories skiing in DV!!!

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Would be nice to get away , anywhere!

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Of course they get snow,just as we left.Still a good times always.

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'bout time!

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