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Ski & Snowboard News / Snowshoe to fine dining in Solitude’s yurt

Dec 28, 2017 01:56PM ● By Harriet Wallis

Gourmet dining awaits in Solitude's Mongolian style yurt / photo: Solitude

Imagine putting on snowshoes and taking a gentle stroll to Solitude’s secluded yurt for a gourmet dinner. The short walk is invigorating and it makes you hungry. The mountain air is crisp. Stars shine overhead. The only sound is the swish-swish of the snowshoes as they slide along the snowy path. Lanterns light the destination – the cozy yurt.

Fine dining in Solitude’s yurt has been a tradition for years.

It’s a charming world inside the rustic yurt. Tables are set with table cloths and fine glassware. Lanterns give a romantic glow. Diners relax and make new friends, while Chef Craig

Chef Craig Gerome at work / photo: Harriet Wallis

Gerome and his staff finish preparing a lavish four course dinner. You get to watch the artistry of preparation as you’re right there.

The night I was there, the menu included a specialty winter salad, a poached and seared halibut appetizer, herb roasted beef with all the trimmings, and a mountain berry gallate dessert.

It’s an intimate evening as the yurt holds just 26 diners, so reservations are required. The yurt dining experience is offered Thursdays through Sundays during the winter season. For more information: 801-536-5765 or

Finishing touches / photo: Harriet Wallis
Guests enjoy lively conversation / photo: Harriet Wallis