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Did You Pack Your Lederhosen?

  • The antipasto board at The Goldener Hirsch Inn is loaded with savory nibbles.

  • The poutine at The Goldener Hirsch Inn. Decadent comfort food for apres ski.

  • The crowd in the lounge singing along to carols and mountain folk tunes.

For some winter enthusiasts, the ski day is all about the après. Despite fresh snow, short lines and blue skies, there are certain skiers who will always have visions of the after pow-party dancing in their heads. Big surprise, I am in this crowd.

On a recent afternoon, after sashaying down Deer Valley’s gorgeous groomers all day, I headed to Goldener Hirsch Inn, located in Silver Lake Village a mere hundred yards from the slopes. I was looking forward to seeing what twists Chef Ryan Burnham had put on the inn’s European style menu. I expected to find good food. I did not expect to stroll into a lounge packed with revelers dunking fondue while belting out “Edelweiss.” Nor to find darling entertainer Elsbeth Gugi, singing everything from Christmas carols to “LaVie en Rose” to “I Love to Go a Wandering,” accompanied by accordion. Nor did I expect to find Utah’s best poutine, elevated to sophisticated pub fare. I love surprises!

Poutine is a Canadian greasy spoon dish, usually served as fast food in Styrofoam. It’s a pile of fries drowned in a brown sauce and cheese curds. At Goldener, they take it up a notch with crisp frites piled high with braised lamb and Beehive cheese, drizzled in rich gravy. It’s a huge platter of total decadence for $19, easily shared by four friends.

I and my group also tore into a perfectly baked Bavarian pretzel with mustard and pickles ($7), then a beautiful antipasto board with crisp-fried prosciutto, house-made ricotta and pickled carrots among other savory nibbles (price varies). The aforementioned fondue is $42 (which, if you’re on a budget might seem steep at first but again, if you share it among four and each have a couple of beers, it won’t set you back that much.)

The scene in the small lounge is welcoming and cozy and the staff is friendly and warm. No surprise that The Goldener Hirsch was recently voted as “Best Ski Boutique Hotel” at the 2013 World Ski Awards. It’s a top tier destination with a reputation to match. If staying there is beyond your budget, dinner at Goldener (more details to come in a later blog!) is worth the splurge. Service was impeccable and dinner was excellent. In the very least, work an après ski into your vacation. Gugi is scheduled to perform on Thursdays throughout the ski season, but call first to confirm.

The Goldener Hirsch Inn

Silverlake Village at Deer Valley Resort

7570 Royal St.


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mark saniez posted 1 month ago

the title of your blog is " did you pack your lederhosen?",right ?!,But are you talking about FOOD or LEDERHOSEN itself,because if so Wehave been going since a long time for our annual summer holidays in GERMANY-AUSTRIA-SUD TYROL-SLOVENIA etc...( all theese countries wear LEDERHOSEN&DIRNDLS !Actualy LEDERHOSEN is getting more and more worn than ever in theese countries ! Due to the fact that teen girls and boys wear them alot ( adults aswell of course),and that the prices have gone down a lot too,Now here in Europe on Internet you can easily find one at 39 euros ( very cheap indeed) Complete with the matching suspenders.Another thing too is since 10 or 15 years ladies ,at all ages wear them and with the suspenders they look absolutly "class" and" sexy",and to be honest it suits them even better than men !!.Really they arelucky because they can wear both "DIRNDLS&LEDERHOSEN.My wife and I have lived in several countries in Europe,actualy we now stay in the VOSGES mountains in eastern France ( on the border line with Germany&switzerland,wher French& german are spoken and my wife and myself "love" wearing them,:because they are so practical,and so cofortable !!and the feeling of those nice thick leather suspenders holding you + The leather bar wich goes across your breasts is wonderfull,.We put them on at every occasion ,( for just walking in our mountain region,shopping etc...once you've tasted it you can't go without it anymore!so dear Ladies and gentelmen,do not deprive yourself of wearing them !!Here's a couple of sites you can go on ( often sent postage free !),on Internet-AMAZON.DE-AMAZON.FR-AMAZON.CO.UK-EBAY.DE-EBAY.FR-EBAY.CO.UK,and write down just " lederhosen fur damen und herren",or in English " Lederhosen for ladies and men"

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