As you wrap up a day on the hill, your mind turns to evening plans and the eventual hunger that will consume you. But you—clever you—you’re patting yourself on the back and smiling. You’ve done your research on the talented chefs (and incredible restaurants) who create special, memorable experiences at Ikon Pass destinations around the world.
Tim Carpenter – The Mariposa
Deer Valley Resort
The Mariposa, located in Deer Valley, Utah, pairs elegance and culinary sophistication in a comfortable lodge aesthetic. It offers New American fare curated from a list of esteemed purveyors, creating flavors and wine pairings that make every meal served a special occasion. Tim Carpenter, the Chef De Cuisine, boasts over 12 years of setting the stage, and tables, of these special occasions.
Next to a crackling fire, settle in and kick things off with the Foie and Waffles, highlighting LaBelle Farm’s foie gras and pairing it with flavors of mango and leek before smothering it with barrel-aged maple syrup. Follow it with the Seared Duck Breast: duck confit-cranberry bean ragout, heirloom carrots, charred frisee, all topped with a plum reduction. And then there’s always the Chefs coursed tasting menu and widely awarded wine cellar to consider. Either way, a meal at The Mariposa is an experience that you’ll remember for years to come.
Abby Gallagher – The Lodge at Sunspot
Winter Park Resort
Colorado is no slouch when it comes to serving up special scenes. Located at Winter Park, The Lodge at Sunspot builds anticipation with a short Gondola ride to the summit at 10,700 ft, making it the perfect setting for dinners dedicated to celebration. This is the elevation where you’ll find Executive Chef Abby Gallagher plating Colorado classics like elk tournedos, buffalo ribeye, and Rocky Mountain rainbow trout, all served against panoramic views of the Continental Divide. A reservation to The Lodge at Sunspot comes with 360 degrees of sensory indulgence. Get ready, it’s not every day you get to celebrate on the summit.
Hiroshi Nakamichi – Asperges
Then there’s the possibility that you’re in Japan, enjoying everything that Niseko has to offer. At the top of that list is a reservation to the acclaimed, Michelin Star restaurant, Asperges. Helmed by Hiroshi Nakamichi—a man who brings no less than 3 Michelin Stars to his practice—Asperges should not be missed. A Hokkaido twist on traditional French cuisine, Chef Nakamichi utilizes regional, Biei-cho-sourced vegetables and meats to create set menus that transcend cultural borders. Set in a pristine, modern building at the base of Niseko’s Hanazono Resort, this restaurant, its dishes and the experience are yours to savor when the moment comes.
Ikon Pass destinations are packed with talented chefs and opportunities for world-class dining. Wherever you are, whatever destination you might be visiting now—or next—remember to make a reservation for an experience that you’ll never forget. Because when that last chair swings around, your night is just beginning.
Hit the Road
Destinations featured in this story are included in the Colorado Winter Road Trip and the Utah Winter Road Trip. Check out these itineraries and start planning your Ikon Pass adventure today.