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Someone mentioned this to me in a thread a while back...

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/107024/best-slc-restaurants#post_1392164

 

The idea intrigues me.  How common is this?  Would it be cool with the resorts if we grabbed a cheap charcoal grill and did up some steaks while enjoying a beer or four?  Has anyone else tried/seen this?  Any stories?

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Someone mentioned this to me in a thread a while back...

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/107024/best-slc-restaurants#post_1392164

 

The idea intrigues me.  How common is this?  Would it be cool with the resorts if we grabbed a cheap charcoal grill and did up some steaks while enjoying a beer or four?  Has anyone else tried/seen this?  Any stories?


Forget charcoal, you are much better off with gas, less mess in the back of the car. And quicker food.

 

Tailgaiting of this type is an every day occurrence at Beaver Mt. I have never it done down in the central wasatch, but I am not down there too frequently. I can't imagine why not...

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Forget charcoal, you are much better off with gas, less mess in the back of the car. And quicker food.

 

Tailgaiting of this type is an every day occurrence at Beaver Mt. I have never it done down in the central wasatch, but I am not down there too frequently. I can't imagine why not...



Blasphemy. Charcoal > gas for tailgating. Chuck the ashes and it's not all that messy in the car.

 

Never seen it in the CCs, either, but have seen it in Snowbasin parking lot all the time. Usually it's toward the end of the season, but this year's so mild it's been going on mid-winter.

 

Powder Mountain would be ideal for it, imo. Nice, open parking lot that's not too crowded and great views. Never seen a grill there, but plenty of people with beers and camp chairs at the end of the day.

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People do it all the time around here, even though they're not supposed to have open alcohol in the parking lot.

 

So what do you do with all of those old, glowing charcoal embers?  Chuck 'em in a snow bank for the rest of us to look at?  Right on top of where you were all pissing, maybe? icon13.gif

 

Or do you wait hours for them all to burn down to ashes and then carefully dispose of them? rolleyes.gif

 

Gas seems much better, no matter if it doesn't cook as well.

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I tailgated with some guys at the Bird last year in late season. But they've also always been cool with BYOB on the tram deck?

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Powder Mountain would be ideal for it, imo. Nice, open parking lot that's not too crowded and great views. Never seen a grill there, but plenty of people with beers and camp chairs at the end of the day.


I agree.  Pow Mow would be a great place for doing just that, especially considering they consistently get knocked for the quality of their food. 

 

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Powder Mountain would be ideal for it, imo. Nice, open parking lot that's not too crowded and great views. Never seen a grill there, but plenty of people with beers and camp chairs at the end of the day.


I agree.  Pow Mow would be a great place for doing just that, especially considering they consistently get knocked for the quality of their food. 

 

post #8 of 12

We do it a few times a year at Alta. Usually in the spring when the weather is warm.

I have a gas camping grill that works great and packs down. It would take too long with charcoal, imo.

We usually either cook fajitas or burgers.

All you need are a few chairs, camping table and cooler.

Some people do it at lunch, but I like it at the end of the day. Then you can hang out as long as you want.

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People do it all the time around here, even though they're not supposed to have open alcohol in the parking lot.

 

So what do you do with all of those old, glowing charcoal embers?  Chuck 'em in a snow bank for the rest of us to look at?  Right on top of where you were all pissing, maybe? icon13.gif

 

Or do you wait hours for them all to burn down to ashes and then carefully dispose of them? rolleyes.gif

 

Gas seems much better, no matter if it doesn't cook as well.

 

Not that difficult: Just reverse what you're saying. Throw snow (or water) on the charcoal and it tends to cool down. Then throw it in a garbage bag and drive away. Or just close all the vents on the grill and it will go out on its own while you're hanging out. It's not like charcoal grills are uncommon at tailgates (where you're going into a game/concert and have to cool them down and put them back in the car beforehand).

 

The OP is traveling, so a charcoal grill would be cheaper to buy as a one-timer than a portable gas grill.

 

To each their own, but charcoal tastes better every time. And nothing says tailgate like the smell of a charcoal grill.

 

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Snow on the coals in the grill is exactly what I was thinking. Throw the grill in a garbage bag and you're good to go. I'm not forking out the $$$ for a propane grill that can't go on the plane.

If there's any early bailers we can get them to fire up the coals... Even still the waiting isn't so bad when you have beer and mountain views all around!
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That's the idea right there. For me, lighting the charcoal is just a part of the experience. Also an excuse to have a pre-meal beer or two.

 

Here's something that should be helpful: http://cocobbqgrill.com/

 

They cost 10 bucks (less if you get a couple), are prepackaged with the charcoal and designed to be thrown away after use. Even easier and cheaper than standard charcoal grills. I have a couple but haven't used them yet, so can't offer a review. Supposedly they're hot enough to cook steaks. The only thing I'm worried about is that they'll be a pain to light with the included lighter packet. 

 

I'm actually thinking about throwing one in a backpack, finding a nice spot in the woods and grilling right on the mountain.

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If you go to Solitude you might not even need the grill, there will be plenty of people doing the same thing, you could probably bum grill space from someone.  Every weekend the Moonbeam lot will be full of people grilling (provided it isn't a blizzard).  If you talk nicely to the "Fog" crew down in the lot near Eagle they'll even feed you.

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