A melting marshmallow at Montage Deer Valley — Photo courtesy of Liana Lozada
A visit to Park City, Utah is incomplete without a s’mores roasting session. In fact, this gooey custom takes place all over the idyllic mountain town.
At winter sporting season's peak, après-ski programs warm visitors with gourmet marshmallows accompanied by rich hot chocolate. During the spring and summer, an air of carefree nostalgia cozies the area’s fire pits. Even Park City’s acclaimed restaurants have gotten in on the fun, reinventing the stackable staple into desserts, cocktails and confections.
S’mores have a long, ambiguous history, but many food writers credit the Girl Scouts for bringing the pastime to the masses. In 1927, the recipe for “some mores” appeared in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts alongside camping tips and tricks. It's only fitting that s'mores would become a Utahan go-to.
Despite s’mores' current omnipresence in Park City, residents and establishments can’t seem to pinpoint when the s’mores takeover began. The Waldorf Astoria claims to have had s’mores when they opened their doors in 2009, but most sources attribute the Montage Deer Valley for making it a seasonless sensation.
The Montage Deer Valley wanted to incorporate new family traditions to its programming for its 2010 debut and decided on redefining the beloved s’mores experience. Their daily s’mores fire pit would flaunt an impressive marshmallow selection with rotating flavors.
This approach maintained the activity’s all-ages appeal while exemplifying the Montage’s refined touch. “S’mores at the Montage” was an instant hit. The Montage Deer Valley keeps the s’mores going year-round, and tops our list of the best places to have s’mores in Park City.
Montage Deer Valley
The Montage Deer Valley's marshmallow spread — Photo courtesy of Montage Deer Valley
Any s’mores aficionado knows that it is all about the melting marshmallow – and the Montage Deer Valley knows it, too. Their build-your-own bite bar features a variety of marshmallow flavors like cinnamon, mocha, peppermint, caramel and vanilla.
The Montage is secretive about its marshmallow-makers, and its lip-smacking daily menu keeps guests and locals coming back for more. The Montage’s sugary snacking takes place from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the winter, and from 8 pm to 9 pm in the summer – and it is always complimentary.
The Montage even sells roasting kits: The two-person takeaways are $110, and the four-person packages are $220.
Burgers & Bourbon
Burgers & Bourbon's "spiked" s'mores milkshake — Photo courtesy of Montage Deer Valley
If the grown-ups who already made it to the Montage Deer Valley are looking for a more “adult” version of the famous toothsome treat, they won’t have to go far.
The Montage’s Burgers & Bourbon has been serving a “spiked” s’mores milkshake ($16) since it opened in 2013. The sweet sip includes a shot of Baileys Irish Cream, smoked marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker.
The Farm's s'mores ice cream sandwich — Photo courtesy of Michael Madsen/Park City Mountain
For an ice cold s’mores spin, look no further than The Farm – their ice cream s’mores sandwich ($12) is a decadent delight. A smooth semifreddo marshmallow base is hugged by honey cracker “slices” that are served with a chocolate dipping sauce. A side of fresh berries add a welcomed tartness.
High West Saloon
"The S'more" at High West Saloon — Photo courtesy of High West Distillery
The iconic High West Saloon is an area anchor, so it’s no surprise that they’re in on the s’mores game. A killer meal is best finished with a bit of whiskey and The S’more ($8): High West’s post-meal musing features a house-made vanilla marshmallow, molasses graham cracker and dark chocolate made locally by Millcreek Cacao Roasters.
It’s almost too pretty to eat. For a little s’mores-inspired imbibing at home, purchase a bottle of High West Campfire Whiskey from the onsite gift shop and give this ‘Smore Cocktail, Please’ recipe a try.
St. Regis Deer Valley
The gourmet marshmallow, chocolate and honey cracker at St. Regis Deer Valley — Photo courtesy of St. Regis Deer Valley
The luxurious St. Regis Deer Valley hosts complimentary s’mores on the Astor Terrace nightly from 7 pm to 9 pm. The property keeps things simple with signature ingredients like puffy marshmallows, Hershey's bars and graham crackers, but also throws in a few surprises like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and themed marshmallows for holidays (Peeps were being flamed during Easter weekend).
Those who reserve the fire pit for private events are catered to with artisanal marshmallows, chocolates and honey crackers, but we recommend requesting the original graham crackers instead.
Waldorf Astoria Park City
Classic s'mores at Waldorf Astoria — Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Park City
The Waldorf Astoria Park City sticks to s’mores’ roots, using the popular fluffy marshmallows, milk chocolate bars and graham crackers. The s’mores spread arrives at 7:30 pm year-round and is joined by hot chocolate with house-made vanilla bean marshmallows: If one’s crafty enough, they may be able to swap out the big, puffy ones for the mini vanilla flavored ones.
Visitors are encouraged to grab an early, complimentary seat on the Adirondack chairs just outside Powder. For holidays, colorful marshmallows make their way into the mix – think red and blue additions for all-American celebrations.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Far right: The S'mores marshmallow at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory — Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Step into Main Street’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for an on-the-go sampling of Park City’s signature morsel. This little shop’s storefront salivates passersby with candy apples and chocolates, but our eyes were locked on the s’mores marshmallow ($2.95).
The chewy confection features a milk chocolate “shell” drizzled with white chocolate and topped with crushed graham crackers. And if you end up at Dolly's, don't fret: The two are adjacent and share a door.
Deer Valley Resort
S'mores at Deer Valley Resort — Photo courtesy of Deer Valley Resort
The expansive Deer Valley Resort boasts over three dozen lodging options, but we managed to track down the “whens and wheres” for some al fresco s’moring. Silver Baron Lodge was the first Deer Valley Resort property to provide s’mores, launching the memorable nibble about five years ago, and Silver Baron continues its pastime year-round.
When the snow arrives, the Flagstaff Lodge and Trail’s End add classic s’mores to their après-ski programming. Active types staying at The Lodges can opt for the seasonal “S’mores and Snowshoe” offering, which elevates the noshing with handcrafted graham crackers and marshmallows.
Park City Mountain
S'mores at Canyons Village, Park City Mountain — Photo courtesy of Justin Olsen/Park City Mountain
After rigorous powder-ripping on Park City Mountain, skiers and snowboarders can titillate their taste buds with one of two complimentary weekend s’mores events. During the 2017 season (February 18-April 15), Saturday recreationalists could lounge by the fire pit at the Canyons Village Umbrella Deck at 3 pm to get their fingers s’mores-sticky.
On Sundays, the food-focused gathering moved to the Park City Base Area (February 19-April 16). Park City Mountain plans to keep the programming for 2018 season, but times and locations may change.
Park City Pizza Company
S'mores Pizza at Park City Pizza Company — Photo courtesy of Park City Pizza Company
If the winter chills or the summer heat lead to an indoors-only type day, a pizza delivery may be in order. But not just any pizza – Park City Pizza Company’s S’mores Pizza ($6.95), of course. This rounded delight can be delivered anywhere in Park City. The S’mores Pizza is baked golden brown in a pizza oven, dressed with a caramel drizzle and finished with graham cracker crumbs.