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The Viking Yurt at Park City Mountain Resort

Extravagant dining in a rustic setting.

By Austen Diamond
Posted // March 8,2011 -

Like a nomad on the move, the Viking Yurt is now affiliated with Park City Mountain Resort after 11 years at Canyons. Owners Joy and Geir Vik say the extravagant adventure/dining experience attracts worldwide dining connoisseurs and locals alike. “[Locals] ... take ownership of it,” Geir says. “That’s what [PCMR] wanted—a high-end restaurant and an iconic symbol.”

Joy, a Park City native, says, “It’s an emotional, fun thing for me to come back [after being located at Canyons]. I’ve skied here since I was 5. Geir and I were the very first wedding on the peak. We raised our children up here. We’re just thrilled.” The move came during Canyons’ reorganization. “It’s a natural thing for any business to renew itself, and I think people appreciate that,” Geir says.

Though day skiers can enjoy lunch, evening dining remains the main attraction. A snowcat-pulled sleigh leaves the resort base at 6 p.m. for a 25-minute ride gaining 1,000 vertical feet. The city lights twinkle as the sun sets over mountains. At the top, a blazing wood stove, homey lighting, a baby grand piano and wood accents bring the yurt to life—romantic indeed.

Patrons are welcomed with hot glogg—a Norwegian berry-based beverage—before the chef introduces the evening’s meal. The first course is a soup, followed by salad, then a Kobe beef entree. The sorbet palate cleanser is served in rock dishes that Joy brought back from Norway. The cheese course is served on an aspen plank and, finally, blueberry cardamom bread pudding finishes the six courses.

The 4 1/2 hour dinner and unforgettable evening end with a sleighride down the moonlit slopes under the stars.?

The Viking Yurt
Park City Mountain Resort
1345 Lowell Ave.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Posted // February 3,2012 at 09:15

I and a party of 4 had a great meal and drinks at the Yurt for Valentine's Day a couple of years ago--everything you describe and then some. The ride was indeed memorable--going up it was just getting dark, while coming back, the stars and moon sparkled.

But on the way back down I froze my ass off.

Did you happen to see it?


Posted // February 2,2012 at 15:18

This place doesn't dissappoint. It lives up to all the media accolades it has received. The website tells you all you need to know so we knew exactly how to dress and what to expect.

Loved it!