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The Heart of the Wasatch – Snowbird Dining and Hiking

29 October 2008 By: Casey No Comment | Restaurant Reviews, The Fall Line

Living in Utah provides a unique and incredible lifestyle that often goes overlooked by those passing over our state and heading straight for Colorado. However, nestled between the Pacific Ocean on the West Coast and the incredible 14,000 foot Rocky Mountains in Colorado, hides the Wasatch Range. Blanketing the Wasatch Mountains in the Winter, Utah boasts the world’s lightest snow. In the Summer, we have the fresh mountain air, plentiful mountain biking trails, and access to the best hiking around. In the heart of the Wasatch Range are the Cottonwood Canyons.

The Cottonwood Canyons are comprised of two distinct canyons just 5 minutes from Salt Lake City. First is Big Cottonwood Canyon and it’s two ski resorts, the very popular Brighton Resort, followed by the quieter Solitude Resort. Next is Little Cottonwood Canyon, where two more world famous resorts sit, Snowbird and Alta. Generally, this time of year the mountains tucked in the Cottonwood Canyons are buried in snow. However, this year the warm temperatures are lingering and it’s a great time to get in some last minute summer activities.

Last weekend, Kevin and I decided to take a mini-vacation from Park City and spent some time at The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird. During our stay at The Cliff, we ate delicious food at The Aerie Lounge and Sushi Bar, enjoyed the upstairs spa area, took the tram up to the top of the mountain, and then hiked down 2,900 feet to the base area. We had a great experience all around, but the highlight of our stay was definitely the killer food at The Aerie. With it’s classy atmosphere, stunning views of the mountain through their ceiling high windows, and superb entrees, we were more than satisfied at the end of our dining experience. Our dinner consisted of Kevin’s Wild Fig Glazed Pork entree, my Ahi Steak and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes entree, and to top it off, the spectacular Chocolate Fondue Fruit and Dessert Platter.

While The Aerie is certainly not the cheapest place for food (our meal was well above $100.00), it is certainly one of the best we’ve experienced. My Ahi was seared to perfection with a deep red hue and melted right in my mouth. The Wasabi mashers are not for the faint of heart, as they have an incredible kick, but complimented the Ahi beautifully. Kevin commented that his pork was also cooked perfect, was very flavorful, moist, and was just the right portion to allow room for a little dessert. That brings me to . . .The Chocolate Fondue Platter! This enormous dessert is plenty large enough to share between four people, offers fresh cut fruit, cookies, coconut macaroons, and many other bakery delicacies.

Here are some pictures from the last weekend, our yummy food, and perhaps our last weekend of warmth till Spring. Keep your fingers crossed!

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