It’s been 25 years since The Aerie Restaurant, perched high atop the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird, served its first gourmet meal.

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort management thought it was high time for a makeover – so much so that the restaurant has been closed since mid-September while undergoing a renovation in design, management and cuisine.

The Aerie Restaurant, Lounge and Sushi Bar is now scheduled to open before the holiday season at the Utah resort, which started up its lifts on Nov. 29.

Changes at the high-end restaurant include expansion to accommodate 200 guests, including 75 in the lounge and 150 in private dining areas. Old-timers might notice new accoutrements, such as carpeting, cork flooring and a new stage for après-ski entertainment. A standing bar sits in the middle of the restaurant, and the managers put in barrel chairs and couches along the expansive windows.

Chef Ken Ohlinger comes to Snowbird from Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Winter Park, Colo., after a career in haute cuisine in Germany and the United States, according to Snowbird officials. Lucette Barbier arrives as the new manager of the restaurant, after honing her skills in France, New York and, most recently, at Snowbird’s Seven Summits Club.

The restaurant serves a breakfast buffet in the winter, and dinner year-round. The wine list has expanded to 950 varieties, and the beer flows from a high-tech draught dispensing system.

The restaurant remodel is part of a wholesale upgrade at the Cliff Lodge, which first opened in 1973 by Snowbird’s original owners, the Gaylord family.

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The Floorplan for Snowbird's Aerie Restaurant