November 30, 2018. Salt Lake City – What’s new in Ski City, a.k.a. Salt Lake, this winter? In a word, plenty, from a bevy of new restaurants and bars to the 50th birthday of the Natural History Museum of Utah to Broadway’s Wicked at the Eccles Theater. There’s a groundbreaking new hotel at Alta and concerts by Kelly Clarkson and P!nk. Four of North America’s true “bucket list” resorts—Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude—are just a forty minute drive from the bakeries, bars and brewpubs of downtown. Ski City is where you can have a different adventure every day. Here’s what’s on deck this winter.
EATING & DRINKING
Post Office Place is owned by, and next door to, the wildly popular Takashi. Ostensibly a bar where diners can cradle cocktails and ease the inevitable wait for a table at Takashi, this minimalist lair also serves small tapas plates with Japanese and Peruvian flavored food from Chef Tommy Nguyen. 16 W Market Street.
London Belle Supper Club is named after a fabled Salt Lake madame, and Chef Matthew Anderson serves an inventive menu that ranges from Crispy Tumeric Cauliflower to a Quinoa Chickpea Burger and Bison Short Ribs. 321 S. Main Street.
The Daily offer soups, sandwiches and a full line of baked goods. This breakfast and lunch spot is the latest eatery from Chef Ryan Lowder and company, the folks responsible for Copper Onion, Copper Common and Copper Kitchen. 222 Main Street.
Campos Roastery is an Australian coffee roaster located in the heart of downtown, with a full range of coffees and teas, as well as a breakfast and lunch menu. 228 Edison Street.
Tsunami Restaurant and Sushi Bar features fresh fish from around the world flown in daily, focusing on serving fish that is seasonally available to ensure freshness and quality. The original Tsunami in Sugar House allows for a great day on the slopes followed by excellent, fresh sushi. 2223 S. Highland Drive.
NEW SNOWPINE LODGE AT ALTA LUXURY (& CLASSIC ALTA BUNK ROOMS, TOO)
Opening in January 2019, the new Snowpine Lodge at Alta Ski Area will offer 58 luxurious rooms and suites, many with balconies featuring views of the surrounding canyon. All guest rooms feature premium bedding, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, slippers and robes, mini-bar and safe. In a nod to Alta’s past, there will also be 19 traditional dorm-style bunk rooms. Swen’s Restaurant will feature regionally sourced American cuisine, with floor-to-ceiling windows, an open-display kitchen and a mix of private and communal tables. The Gulch Pub is a casual eatery in the new lodge aimed at the après ski crowd, with a full-service bar featuring a selection of comfort food, crafted cocktails, beer and wines. The Nest is a game room to keep kids busy après ski. The Stillwell Spa will feature six treatment rooms, an indoor grotto, steam room, sauna, oxygen bar, women’s and men’s lockers and relaxation room. There is also a heated outdoor pool and two jetted spas, a 24-hour fitness center and a yoga studio. The resort will provide complimentary transfers between Alta and neighboring Snowbird. The first true luxury resort hotel in Alta, Snowpine Lodge will offer ski-in/ski-out access with the simultaneous opening of the adjacent Snowpine ski lift. Winter rates at The Snowpine Lodge will start at $329.
APRES SKI ENTERTAINMENT
The Natural History Museum of Utah is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, and this year’s blockbuster show is Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, from November 10, 2018 to May 27, 2019.
This winter at the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater, Ski City’s downtown cultural centerpiece, Wicked runs from January 30 - March 3, Tengyue Zhang appears on February 22, Howard Jones Acoustic Trio Tour on March 21 and Buddy Guy on March 30.
At Abravanel Hall, the Utah Symphony presents Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique on February 1 and 2. On February 15 and 16, it’s Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady with the Utah Symphony and on March 7, a concert by Sarah Brightman.
Ballet West presents Swan Lake this winter, with 11 performances between February 8 and 23, at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre.
Vivint SmartHome Arena is home to the Utah Jazz, and getting tickets before your Ski City sojourn is a breeze at the website. But the arena also plays host to concerts by Kelly Clarkson (January 30), Muse (February 28) and P!nk (April 3) this winter.
Ski City is the winter brand of Visit Salt Lake, a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a vibrant, urban destination brimming with unexpected dining, lodging, nightlife, entertainment options and world-class skiing and snowboarding, a destination well suited for leisure travel and conventions alike. In partnership with Salt Lake County, Visit Salt Lake’s mission is to improve the area economy by attracting and providing support to conventions, leisure travelers and visitors while being a leader in environmental responsibility. For more information on all that Ski City and Salt Lake has to offer, respectively, go to Ski City and Visit Salt Lake.