As you’re planning your next great ski adventure this winter, or looking for a particularly unique culinary destination, consider adding a yurt dining experience to your itinerary. These circular tent structures with a wooden frame have been popping up at ski resorts across the country in recent years, but now more than ever, they’re offering unique dining experiences that aren’t to be missed. A sleigh ride to a six-course, Norwegian-style dinner in a yurt 8,000 feet up a mountain? Ski into a yurt for champagne and caviar at sunset? Sign us up. Here, a few of the coolest winter yurt dining options in America right now.
Après Lounge at Montage Deer Valley
You might not want to go back to the slopes after you venture into the Après Lounge at Montage Deer Valley. The yurt, at the base of the Deer Valley ski slopes in Park City, is decked out with plenty of bubbly, gourmet eats, and cozy seating around the fireplace. There’s local cheese and charcuterie, caviar, local cheese, and more on offer, all prepared by the glitzy Montage Deer Valley’s culinary team. Forget skiing—we want to stay in this yurt all day.
The Viking Yurt
This incredible yurt dinner experience starts with an evening sleigh ride (pulled by a snowcat) up 1,800 feet to the top of Park City Mountain Resort. A word to the wise: Your 23-minute ride in an open sleigh will be most enjoyable if you bundle up with snow-appropriate clothing and shoes. Once you reach the final elevation, a whopping 8,700 feet, you’ll be served some glogg to warm up, and then treated to a six-course Norwegian feast accompanied by a live pianist. This will be a night for the books (or, at least for Instagram), so make your reservation with plenty of advance notice because they serve only 40 people per night.
The Montana Dinner Yurt at Big Sky Resort
The night starts at Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Village, where the guests board snowcats for a 15-minute ride up the mountain to the backcountry. (And, you guessed it, dress warmly!) Once you reach the yurt near Lone Peak, you’ll be greeted by a campfire outside and candlelit, family-style tables inside. Warm up by the fire for a moment and then head in for a multicourse dinner (think: filet mignon, French onion soup, and fondue to close the meal), scored by an acoustic guitarist. Note: Alcohol is not available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own. Otherwise, warm up with the hot apple cider or hot cocoa on hand and take in the breathtaking views of the stars.
Rock Springs Yurt at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Nestled at the base of Rock Springs Canyon, this yurt experience is special because not only can you dine here, but you can also spend the night. A guide will lead you on a tour of the Bridger-Teton National Forest followed by a gourmet dinner and drinks to your liking. Yurt amenities include a wood-burning stove, beautifully glowing lanterns, games, and a “knowledgeable yurtmeister.”
Solitude Mountain Resort has long been a favorite of the locals in Utah, thanks to the top-notch ski terrain and smaller crowds. It’s been undergoing significant changes since it was purchased by Deer Valley in 2014, taking over in 2015, but luckily one of its greatest treasures still remains: The Yurt at Solitude. The romantic evening starts with a guide-accompanied snowshoe trek through the forest and finishes with a four-course dinner inside the cozy Mongolian yurt, prepared while you watch. Just be sure to reserve early, there is only room for 24 guests and tickets book up quickly.