Halloween Party

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Tricks, Treats, Dinner and Entertainment!

Friday, October 31st, 2014

6:00 pm

Earl’s Lodge

More information TBA

Whiskey Dinner with High West Distillery

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Our 2nd Annual High West Whiskey Dinner features a four-course dinner paired with various High West whiskeys. Taste an array of Park City’s High West Distillery whiskeys paired with opulent culinary creations.

The distillers will be on hand during the dinner to describe the distilling process of the chosen spirits as well as answer questions about their other small batch productions.

For reservations, please call (801) 620-1021

More information TBA

Adventure for your Littles Ones: New Summer Activities for Kids at Snowbasin

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Exploring Snowbasin’s trail as a family. Our youngest on a Strider bike, available for rent or buy at the Grizzly Center.

As a parent, I’ve learned my fun is exponentially increased when my kids are having fun too. So I am quick to notice when a resort works hard to provide options that “spread-the-stoke” among my kids.

A few weeks ago we headed up to check out the new kid-friendly attractions at Snowbasin on the weekends.

If you missed my last post, here is a great family hike with amazing scenery: Rave Hike: A high alpine, flowering beauty for the whole family. But beyond hiking, here are some great activities for your kids to enjoy while you sit back and enjoy summertime at Blues, Brews, and BBQ!

1. Not a mountain biker? Still bring the kids’ bikes! 

The Skills park at Snowbasin

50 Feet from where we parked the car, we jumped immediately on the Needles Trail which begins with flat single track. The kids spun laps on the small skills park behind the Grizzly Center which is perfect for kids on balance bikes or older kids/adults looking to work on some new tricks. (Dad had fun too. :) )

Snowbasin has teamed up with Strider Bikes to get even the youngest riders (as young as age 2) out riding the trails. If you have younger kids and are new to the Strider Bike revolution or maybe unconvinced of their awesomeness, here is a post that follows my son as he learned to ride a bike at 22-months-old. Can your 22-month old ride a bike? Yes, they can.

My kids spent most their time racing around the loop, even more time than they did at the new playground. Which brings me to:

2. The new playground is a huge hit!

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Designed to blend in with the mountain environment, the new playground is great for kids of all ages. The park resembles a log cabin, but with slides, monkey bars, bridges, and stepping-stones. There is a picnic table where you can have a snack or sack lunch.

3. New inflatable adventure features… a different one every weekend!

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Large, inflatable bounce houses where my kids can bounce their energy away? Yes, please! With different ones every weekend, they can have something to look forward to if you head on up multiple times this summer.

You can purchase a pass good for the ENTIRE day for $8 in the Grizzly Center.

We had a fantastic day up at Snowbasin biking as a family and enjoying quality time in the sun. Smiles all around!

 

 

Blues, Brews & BBQ Recap: Folk Hogan

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If you haven’t heard, Blue, brews & BBQ is the place to be on Sundays in Utah. With hiking, biking, gondola rides, a playground, bounce house for the kids, bungee trampoline, amazing food, shopping and killer views of the mountains why would you want to be anywhere else?

This past Sunday my family packed up the truck and made our way to Earl’s Lodge to see one of my favorite local bands, Folk Hogan.  The heat was intense that day so we made a beeline to the snowcone stand and tried to resist the temptation to pour it over our heads. With blue stained mouths we made our way to the huge grassy field to pick our spot and luckily got there early enough to get a perfect spot up front.  The views  are amazing and as you are laying in the grass looking up the mountain it’s hard to imagine being anywhere else.

Folk Hogan is one of those bands everyone must see live, a band that you will not be able to resist dancing wildly to.  When I arrived they were already a song into their set and a group of belly dancers was shaking their hips to the music by the stage. The girl children took off across the grass, spinning and giggling  before spotting a balloon maker and chasing him down to request butterflies.

If I had to describe the band in just two words it would most definitely be ‘gypsy punk’  and  as soon as you see them enter the stage you will understand why. This band is anything but ordinary with 6 members playing  an accordion, mandolin, bass, banjo, guitar and drums.  Folk Hogan brings humor to their music with songs like ‘March of the Drunkard’, ‘Zombie Prince’ and ‘Skeleton Scramble’, it really is hard to not love them. This band is oozing with talent and the proof is in the smiles on everyone’s face but most of all they are just plain fun and in the heat of summer, on the last day of the weekend, that  truly is the best thing of all.

It was so nice to see people outside, dancing, smiling and most importantly making friends with strangers.  When you are outside  in the open, it’s so much easier to strike up a conversation, a smile becomes an invitation to chat and children who have never met become instant friends  just by chasing each other through the grass.  I wanted to stay all day and was sad I had to miss  Diego’s Umbrella but after  dancing, the bounce house, a gondola ride, hiking  and bellies full of snow cones and BBQ french fries,  the girl children were ready to go.

Snowbasin’s Blues, Brews & BBQ  goes through September so be sure to make your way up the mountain one Sunday or 10 to check it out. Take a look at the concert schedule HERE and  all the delicious items on the menu this summer herehere & here.  Be sure to pack  plenty of sunscreen and get ready to have the best summer ever.

 

About the Author

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden shortly after. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, 2 kiddos and fur baby and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.

 

Culinary Expedition: Indian Cuisine

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While dining at Needles Lodge with breathtaking views, experience traditional Indian cuisine and exciting live entertainment!

The menu will include Kachumber Salad, Raita, Aviyal, Lamb Vindaloo, Goan Fish Curry, Kashmiri Palav, Butter Chicken, Kheer, Mango Cheesecake and many more delicious traditional Indian dishes. See the full menu here: Culinary Expeditions – Indian

The Dining Discovery: Indian Culinary Expedition is $70 per person. It will be held on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Needles Lodge and includes tax, gratuity, a ride up the gondola and live entertainment. To make reservations, please call (801) 620-1021. For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

 

Culinary Expedition: Farm-to-Table Dining

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Take a culinary expedition of Northern Utah’s locally sourced food, designed and prepared by the Snowbasin culinary team in four courses. Talk with the purveyors of these delicious local items and discuss why local is better!

The menu will include a local cheese plate from Gold Creek Farms in Kamas, Utah, Smoked Duck Breast Glazed with Slide Ridge Honey and salt harvested from the Great Salt Lake, Mountain Valley Trout from Smithfield, Utah, a Yak, Apple & Gorgonzola Meatloaf with spicy bourbon peach glaze with Yak from Yakety Yak Farm in Huntsville, Utah, and more. All produce will be sourced from local farm stands and Borski Farms in Kaysville, Utah. Purveyors include Borski’s Farm Produce, Morgan Valley Lamb, Fog River Salmon, Beehive Cheese, Gold Creek Cheese, Daily Rise Coffee Co., Lehi Roller Mills, Creminelli Fine Meats, and Cox Honey Farms.

See the full menu here: Culinary Expeditions – Farm to Table

The Dining Discovery: Farm – to – Table Culinary Expedition is $70 per person. It will be held on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Needles Lodge and includes a ride up the gondola and live entertainment. To make reservations, please call (801) 620-1021. For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

 

Culinary Expedition: Caribbean

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While dining at Needles Lodge with breathtaking views, be whisked away to the Caribbean for delicious cuisine and exciting live entertainment!

The menu will include Herb and Coconut Crusted Mako, Shark Fillets with Sauteed Kale, Mofongo, Pineapple Fried Rice, Jicama Salad, a Caribbean fruit display, Spiced Rum Cake, and a live Jamaican Jerk Goat carving station, as well as many more traditional Caribbean dishes. See the full menu here: Culinary Expeditions – Caribbean

The Dining Discovery: Caribbean Culinary Expedition is $70 per person. It will be held on August 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Needles Lodge and includes a ride up the gondola and live entertainment. To make reservations, please call (801) 620-1021. For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

Live entertainment from The Cabana Band :  https://www.gigsalad.com/the_cabana_band_salt_lake_city

Steel Drum Island Music and  Covers of Jimmy Buffet, UB40, Harry Belafonte, and more.

Culinary Expedition: Wine Maker’s Dinner with Iron Gate Wines

THE WINE MAKER’S DINNER HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 5TH

 

Part of our Culinary Expedition: Spirit & Food Pairings, the first Wine Maker’s Dinner will feature Iron Gate Wines from Utah. This is a unique opportunity to learn about wine from the person who knows them best, the wine maker.

The meal is perfectly paired with a flight of wine, expertly chosen by the wine maker himself. The meal includes hors d’oeuvres while meeting the wine maker, a presentation of the wine flight by the wine maker, followed by a four course dinner paired with the wine. See the full pairing menu here: Meet The Winemaker Menu

The Wine Maker’s Dinner is $75 per person and includes the suggested paired wines, taxes, and gratuity. Wine from Iron Gate Wines will also be available for sale. The Wine Maker’s Dinner presented with Iron Gate Wines will be Friday, September 5th at 6:00 pm.

For reservations, please call (801) 620-1021.

For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

Dining Discovery: Shellfish Cooking Class

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Learn about purchasing, preparing, cooking, and eating wonderful items from the sea such as lobster, clams, mussels, oysters and shrimp!

Learn how to:

  • Properly clean and inspect shellfish
  • Prepare ingredients using multiple techniques such as boiling, broiling, steaming & sauteing
  • Pair shellfish with various herbs, vegetables, and starches
  • Prepare cocktails that compliment these wonderful treats from the sea

A ‘mocktail’ bar will be available for learning how to make and taste cocktails at no cost and the same real cocktails will be available for purchase.

The shellfish cooking class will be just $45 per person and includes all food and ‘mocktails’.

It will be at Earl’s Lodge at 6:30 pm on July 18th, 2014.

Class limit is 50 people – make your reservation today!

For reservations, please call (801) 620-1021.

More information here: Shellfish Cuisine Menu

For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.

Culinary Expedition: Mediterranean

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 While dining at Needles Lodge with breathtaking views, be whisked away to the Mediterranean for delicious cuisine and exciting live entertainment!

The menu will include fresh shaved fennel, fig and mozzarella salad, Greek salad, grilled baby artichokes with green olive dip, lemon-stuffed grilled Branzino, herb grilled lamb chops on a bed of mint and arugula couscous, seafood paella, steamed mussels, and chef carved red wine braised flank steak stuffed with asparagus and ricotta and many more traditional Mediterranean dishes. See the full menu here: Culinary Expeditions – Mediterranean

The Dining Discovery: Mediterranean Culinary Expedition is $70 per person. It will be held on July 5th, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Needles Lodge and includes a ride up the gondola and live entertainment. To make reservations, please call (801) 620-1021.

Live entertainment from Bradley Quinn Lever and Tracy H. Cope.

Bradley Quinn Lever is a classically-trained, contemporary pop singer who performs live musical theatre. He most recently performed at Hale Centre Theatre in “Les Miserables,” as the revolutionary leader Enjolras. Favorite roles include Disney’s Tarzan and Joseph. You may also recognize him from Michael McLean’s “The Forgotten Carols” tour as the lead vocalist. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” – Victor Hugo.

Tracy H. Cope  has played and worked for over 40 different shows including: The Radio City Rockettes, PTC, Rodgers, Temple Square, Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater. Tracy has enjoyed playing for Snowbasin for many years.  She also has played for the Miss Utah Pageant, local hospitals, WSU, recording studios, U of U, rock bands, retirement homes and weddings.  She also loves to ski and ride her unicycle!

For more information on Dining Discovery events, click here.