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Viking Yurt moves to PCMR

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

The Viking Yurt, an on-mountain dining adventure that took place at Canyons Resort for nearly 12 years has moved to Park City Mountain Resort.

Owner Joy Vik said PCMR has the perfect location to host her, and all the improvements taking place at Canyons made her offering an awkward fit, she explained.

PCMR has a yurt on Home Run near Crescent chair lift. It offered lunch-time drinks and snacks. Part of the compromise with the resort is Vik will now serve hot lunch offerings from the yurt during the day. These include home-made soups, fondue, buffalo bratwursts and St. Andre cheese and prosciutto baguette. Baked goods, breakfast bars and hot drinks will also be available.

With the opening of the Viking Yurt, wine is now available on the slopes of PCMR.

"It will be a typical lunch you’d receive at a ski resort in Europe," she explained. "It’s very elegant in the yurt cozy and intimate it has a wood-burning stove and music.

In addition to the greater exposure her dinner offerings will receive, PCMR is also closer to where most of her destination guests stay, making it more convenient for them to come.

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The Viking Yurt begins with a snowcat-pulled sleigh ride to the edifice up on the mountain. Once inside, a pianist on a baby grand entertains guests while they enjoy a six-course meal. The experience now begins at Legacy Lodge, she said.

Along with a new home, the Viking Yurt also has a new chef. Formerly at Chez Betty inside the Copper Bottom Inn, Brent Whitford is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Vik said she selected him because she was a big fan of Chez Betty.

Whitford said the new menu is still northern European cuisine with Scandinavian influences. He described it as hearty, comforting and simple.

"Adventure dining has an appeal to me since I moved to town seven years ago. Being on the mountain and creating food in a tiny yurt with a limited kitchen I like the idea," he said.

It will take creativity to work out the logistics of feeding 40 people on top of a mountain, but Whitford said it sounds interesting.

The lunch and dinner service will begin Dec. 15. Reservations are required for the dinner. Visit vikingyurt.com for more information.


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