Salt Lake's Best Pre-Ski Breakfast Spots

Jan 24, 2018
By: Chad Taylor & Jake Wilhelmsen

The most important meal of the day in America’s most impressive ski city

C.S. Lewis once said, “If you look upon ham and eggs and lust, you have already committed breakfast in your heart.” It’s a slippery slope from there — one we recommend you slide right down. Especially on ski days. A solid breakfast serves the dual function of fueling your turns and adding some mass to propel you down Salt Lake's other slippery slopes.

Whether you’re skiing Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, or Solitude, and whether you’re staying downtown, in the valley, or up the canyons, you have breakfast options. Here’s our guide to fill you up before you fly down the mountain.

On Your Way

Silver Fork Lodge

Silver Fork Lodge & Restaurant

Located up Big Cottonwood Canyon, 1.6 miles before Solitude and 3.4 miles before Brighton, the Silver Fork community was founded in the 1850s by miners and sawmill workers. Silver Fork Lodge has been a favorite for hungry skiers since 1947. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Sourdough Pancakes: Famous. Made from their original, 70-year-old sourdough starter. (If only we could have kept Stockton and Malone as starters that long...)
  • Bananas Foster French Toast: Sourdough or wheat French toast dipped in their special homemade batter and topped with decadent bananas foster sauce, whipped cream and fresh banana slices.
  • Benedict Florentine: For skiers who like to break their fast with something savory. Split and grilled English muffin topped with spinach, a slice of tomato, two poached eggs and homemade Hollandaise sauce.Click here to see the full menu

Downtown

Little America

One of Salt Lake’s best-known hotels. The accommodations are stellar, but they’re perhaps better known for their cuisine. If you’re staying downtown during your ski trip, you have to swing by for breakfast one (or two, or three) morning(s). The best part? You can choose between two restaurants. Here are our favorites from each:

Little America Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop

  • The Chuck Wagon: Two pancakes, two fresh eggs any style, ham, bacon or sausage, maple syrup, whipped Utah honey butter
  • Wasatch Mountain Man Casserole: Homemade corn beef hash, topped with poached eggs, country gravy and cheddar cheese

Click here to see the full menu

Lucky H Bar and Grille

  • Get the buffet. Trust us. This isn’t Chevy Chase/Cousin Eddie in Vegas Vacation where you share a plate piled with questionable entrées. This is legit. Omelet bar, crepes and of course the staples like French toast, bacon, etc. If you go on Sunday try the brunch, but only if you’re into crab legs, salmon and carved ham.

Sandy (South Valley)

Britton’s

If you’re staying in the Sandy area near the mouths of Big or Little Cottonwood Canyons, there’s no better choice than Britton’s. It’s a quick in and out (unless you can’t move after you polish off the Egg Brit-Muffins). The 25-minute drive up the mountain to Alta and Snowbird gives you just enough time to digest. Our favorites:

Britton's
  • Divorced Eggs: Two eggs separated by hash browns, one on hollandaise, one on country gravy. Served with bacon, ham, or sausage and toast or a pancake
  • 7th East Scramble: Diced ham, peppers, and tomatoes scrambled with 3 eggs, served on a toasted English muffin and topped with country gravy. Served with hash browns.

Click here to see the full menu

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