Five places the Jews should ski this year

(Courtesy of Canyons Resort)

(Courtesy of Canyons Resort)

Canyons, for the food (Utah)

If you’re a kosher skier, lunch on the slopes probably means a tuna fish sandwich or peanut butter and jelly. Not tragic, but deeply unsatisfying when you’re sitting in a lodge surrounded by bowls of steaming chili, sloppy joes and French fries drenched in cheddar cheese.

The nation’s only kosher ski-in/ski-out restaurant, Bistro at Canyons in Park City, Utah, can’t help you with lunch — it doesn’t open till evening — but it does provide sufficiently delectable dinners to tide you over till the morning.

The cuisine is “new American,” featuring such dishes as duck breast with ragu of braised red cabbage, fennel and apple ($32); steak burger with onion rings, spinach and sea salt fries ($19); and curry spiced lamb shank with toasted Israeli couscous, chimichurri and beet chips ($40).

If your appetites extend from the gastronomic to the spiritual, the kosher restaurant is complemented by an onsite Orthodox shul with daily services.

And did I mention the skiing? Canyons is a 4,000-acre mega-mountain located less than an hour from Salt Lake City’s airport and just minutes from two other large, worthwhile mountains: Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley.

Vital Stats:
Size: 4,000 acres
Trails: 182
Lifts: 21
Vertical: 3,190 feet (Base: 6,800. Summit: 9,900 feet)
Special features: If you like gullies, Canyons has half a dozen “natural” halfpipes.

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