Pow-Day Chow: Grab Breakfast and still Nab First Tracks

By Pam's Plate Feb 2, 2016
What’s worse than powder panic? Powder panic on an empty stomach. Fuel up before you fight for your freshies.
Pow-Day Chow: Grab Breakfast and still Nab First Tracks

Some mornings, you’re just out of stuff. Milk, smoothie ingredients, time, you name it. It dumped snow all night and you need to get to the resort before the chairs start turning…BUT you NEED food. You need fuel for your turns. Here’s a list of some of my go-to spots.


If You’re Skiing The Cottonwoods (Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude):


Opens: 7 a.m.

Pros: Fresh-baked croissants and yummy croissant sandwiches.

Cons: Closed on Sunday

Mere blocks off the I-215 exit at 33rd South, Pierre’s is convenient and quick for travelers to the Cottonwoods OR on your way to Park City resorts.


Saturday’s Waffle

Opens: 8 a.m.

Pros: Hand-held gooey goodness

Cons: It’s a food truck, so you’re at the mercy of the weather when ordering and waiting.

Located in the Olympus Hills Shopping Plaza (3981 South Wasatch Blvd.) it’s a quick jump off I-215 at the 39th South Exit.  Build your own truly authentic Belgian liege waffle. Tons of toppings.


Silver Fork

Opens: 8 a.m.

Pros: Cozy mountain ambiance with beautiful views.  

Cons: Popular. Arrive at 7:45!

A classic, just minutes from Solitude and Brighton. Crackling fire, tasty food. Insider Tip: As soon as you sit down, order a fresh cinnamon roll.


If You're Skiing Park City & Deer Valley:

Jafflz - Red Pine Outpost (Top of the gondola on the Canyons side of Park City)

Opens: 9 a.m. 

Pros: Perfect grab 'n go food on the mountain, eat Jafflz with your gloves on! Breakfast all day, savory and sweet as well as Vegan and Gluten Free Options.

Cons: Gluten Free & Vegan Options are not always available

Truly grab ‘n go, globally inspired, toasted pocket sandwiches.  Breakfast is served all day serving up savory and sweet retro pocket sandwiches. Locally sourced product with no hormones, no antibiotics, no junk! 

Snow Park Restaurant, Deer Valley

Opens: 8 a.m.

Pros: Large selection for every desire. High quality everything.

Cons: Deer Valley prices

Listen to this: House-made cinnamon challah French toast served with banana butter and Vermont maple syrup. Oh, and house-smoked salmon omelet? Yum. Also available: country bacon, crisp new potatoes, sausage and four varieties of toast. Baked fresh daily: croissants, muffins and nut breads, scones, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls and bagels. Granola, yogurt, etc.


Park City Bread &Bagel

Opens: 6 a.m. M-F. 7 a.m. S-SUN

Pros: Triple Black Diamond. = Any bagel or burrito with Triple the meat! $6.49. Bargain.

Cons: Sometimes they are so fast that they get your order wrong. Double check it.  

Great locals’ favorite. Fresh and fast. Huge selection of bagel sandwiches and burritos. Quick on and off I-80 at Jeremy Ranch Exit. A second location at Kimball Junction.


Powder at the Waldorf Astoria Park City

Opens: 7 a.m.

Pros: Free valet parking. Totally delicious. Posh but welcoming setting.  

Cons: Pricey

Arrive at 7 and you’ll have time to dive into the Skier’s Breakfast Buffet: Made-to-order omelets, organic eggs, applewood bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, chilled shrimp, oatmeal, French toast, biscuits & gravy, smoked Scottish salmon, assortment of toast, bagels, pastries, yogurt, granola, berries, fresh sliced & whole fruit. $26.25. Chilaquiles, breakfast burritos, eggs Benedict with great add-on options like smoked pork loin, spinach & avocado, fried chicken, smoked salmon, or blue crab!


If You're Skiing Nordic Valley, Powder Mountain or Snowbasin:

The Oaks

Opens: 8 a.m.

Pros: Great riverside setting, friendly folks

Cons: Closed Tuesdays.

Another locals’ favorite, nestled in scenic Ogden Canyon. Simple, classic American breakfasts.


Earl’s Lodge at Snowbasin

Opens: 8 a.m.

Pros: Great variety, kids' menu

Cons: None to speak of

It's hard to beat Earl's Lodge. Where else can you enjoy chicken and waffles by a roaring fire under Italian chandeliers?

North Fork Tavern and Table

Opens: 8 a.m.

Pros: Modern settings, modern food.

Cons: Working some kinks out.

Conveniently located on the road to PowMow. Trendy bites like avocado toast whole grain wheat, lemon, olive oil; Brooklyn bagel and lox cream cheese, red onion, caper, boiled egg; oatmeal  with almond milk, local honey, mixed nuts, fresh berries; breakfast sandwiches. Serving up their own North Fork coffee blend from the Daily Rise in Ogden.


Timberline Lodge at Powder Mountain

Opens: 8 a.m.

Pros: On mountain

Cons: Limited choices.  

Couldn’t get any more convenient to catch some of the best powder stashes in the state. Breakfast burritos, omelets, French toast.


If You're Skiing Beaver, Cherry Peak:

Herm’s Inn

Opens: 7 a.m.

Pros: Awesome menu, awesome setting

Cons: Popular with everyone from hungover students to big families with babies. Get there early!

Everything is made from scratch and served with old-fashioned style in a sweet vintage setting. Try the Macho Benny with chorizo, black beans, avocado, poached eggs, melted cheese and chile verde served on corn tortillas


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Les Madeleines

Opens: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Pros: Romina Rasmussen, true pastry chef genius at the helm.

Cons: You might overspend on tempting pastries.

Home of the kuoing aman, queen of pastries. Surprising delights, like wild boar sausage.


Even Stevens

Opens: Monday - Saturday 7am - 10pm, Sunday Brunch 9am - 4pm

Pros: A percentage a every sandwich sold goes to feed the hungry.

Cons: The locations—all 6 of them—are not super convenient for skiers, but worth the zag.

Super delicious and super fast. Mouthwatering French toast.