Ski in. Dine. Ski out.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 | Author:

When it comes to Alta, the culinary scene isn’t typically a topic of discussion. The “Greatest Snow on Earth” usually ends up stealing the show, and rightfully so. However, disregarding the culinary offerings available at the end of Little Cottonwood Canyon would be a mistake that I suggest you not make. That being said, I’m here to educate you on where to head the next time those hunger pangs hit.

Stashed away at the top of Watson Shelter sits Collins Grill. Let’s just get something out in the open right off the bat – Collins Grill is no ski area cafeteria. Walk through the front door and the first thing you’ll notice is the decor. Wood and steel accents pair with floor to ceiling windows and warm colors creating an an inviting and comfortable dining environment. Then you’ll notice the slippers. Tons of them. That’s right, when you dine at Collins Grill you can de-boot and throw on some slippers if you so choose. Naturally, I couldn’t get my boots off fast enough. What?! It’s not every day you get to dine in slippers.

Now onto what this whole post is about – the food. With a menu featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients, there are no bad choices. That being said, I would suggest keeping an eye on the specials which change daily/weekly for a selection of unique dishes that showcase the┬áChef’s creativity. Being notorious for indecisiveness when it comes to food, I knew I was going to have a difficult time deciding on a dish. Luckily, long time Alta local, Robert Ho, was working the kitchen and recommended I try the Caribbean jerked pork with a mango salsa. It did not disappoint. The perfectly seasoned and cooked pork paired perfectly with the sides of mashed potatoes and mango salsa creating a tasty and satisfying lunch. Perhaps you’re looking to pair your dish with a beverage? Not to worry. Collins Grill features an extensive wine and beer list including the Alta 75th Anniversary Ale.

With lunch now done, it was time to hit the slopes again. Slippers were discarded. Boots were buckled. And the true beauty of Collins Grill was realized as we walked out the door, clicked into our skis and skied down to the lift.

Fact: When it comes to a culinary experience, there is nothing better than ski in/ski out dining.

Tasty Tip: Before or after hitting up Collins Grill, make your way to Baldy Brews for the “Best damn cappuccino in the canyon.”

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