In the resorts outside Salt Lake City, ski season is just a few weeks away. Here’s a quick look at tentative opening dates, along with tips on several new and booming Salt Lake restaurants and hotels, and a video showing the city full of fall colors as the seasons turn.
Park City Mountain. Nov. 21.
Deer Valley: Dec. 8.
Alta: Nov. 23.
Sundance: Dec. 7.
Snowbird: Nov. 30.
Brighton: Nov. 21.
Solitude: Dec. 1.
Nordic Valley: Dec. 7.
Powder Mountain: to be determined.
Snowbasin: Nov. 21.
If you’ll have time to eat in Salt Lake City, here are three tasty, casual new options I just tried:
Pretty Bird, 146 Regent St. This tiny spot, which opened in early 2018, specializes in Nashville-style fried chicken, as executed by chef Viet Pham. His menu is short – quarter-chickens and chicken sandwiches, basically, and the spice comes in four strengths, from mildest to spiciest. Order at the counter. Main dishes $9.50-$15.
Boltcutter, 57 E. Galivan Ave. This vegan Mexican restaurant, which has a short menu, busy dining room and full bar, opened in 2017. Expect white walls, servers in black, and many hipsters in the house. I liked the Cali Burrito. Main dishes $-$12.
Campos Coffee Roastery & Kitchen, 228 S. Edison St. This breakfast and lunch spot is packed on weekends – especially Sunday, when most of Salt Lake City is locked up tight. Expect fancy coffee, an Australian accent or two (Campos is a massive chain in Australia, and this is their second U.S. outpost), a cement floor, exposed brick walls, plank tables. Opened in summer 2018. Most popular dish: avocado toast. Main dishes $8-$15.
If you’re spending a night in the city, one new option is the AC Hotel, 225 W 200 South. It opened in early 2018, stands within a block of the city’s Salt Palace Convention Center and is affiliated with Marriott. Rooms for two typically start anywhere from $130-$185.