Athlete’s Eats: Caroline Gleich, Professional Ski Mountaineer

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There’s certainly no shortage of professional athletes living and playing in Park City. Athletes’ Eats is a series where we sit down with some of our favorites to learn where they eat around town to fuel their active lives. This time, we caught up with Caroline Gleich, ski mountaineer and adventurer.

When she was 15, Caroline and her family moved from Minnesota to Salt Lake City, where she quickly fell in love with the surrounding Wasatch mountains. “When I was 18, I decided to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a professional skier, despite not having any formal, competitive background in it,” she tells Dishing. She kicked off her professional skiing career on the slopes at Alta and Snowbird, skiing as much as possible every weekend.

Caroline went to the University of Utah, where she took every spring semester off to ski. Soon she progressed past skiing in-bounds to skiing some of the most extreme lines in the Wasatch Range as well as more exotic locales like Chile, Ecuador, Chamonix and Alaska. In 2017, Caroline became the fourth person and first woman ever to ski all the lines in “The Chuting Gallery.”

Caroline has graced the cover of Powder, Backcountry and Ski Magazines, and has appeared in numerous ski films. When she’s not in the mountains, she’s using her voice to advocate for social and environmental justice, working on issues such as gender equality, climate change, clean air and cyber harassment.

We caught up with Caroline to learn more about her next big expedition, and where she fuels up around town to power her adventures.

Caroline and fiancé Rob Lea are heading out on April 20 to climb Everest in support of gender equality in the mountains and beyond.

Tell us about the project you’re currently working on.

On April 20, we leave to climb Everest/Chomolungma/Sagarmatha. We are doing our climb as a #ClimbForEquality to talk about how men and people of all genders can support women’s leadership, in the mountains and beyond. We were surprised to learn that only about 10% of the people on Everest are women. We want to change that. [Editor’s note: She’s doing this climb about 2 months after tearing her ACL while skiing — talk about strong!]

Best brunch spot?

Five5eeds. It is so delicious – I like to eat everything on the menu. And the ambiance is amazing.

What’s your go-to breakfast before spending the day outdoors?

Bartolo’s or PC Bread and Bagel. [Editor’s note: We highly recommend Bartolo’s breakfast bowl, filled with nutrients to fuel a day on the mountain!] 

Fave coffee (or tea) shop in Park City?

Hugo’s Coffee Roasters.

Best place to eat (and apres) after a long day in the mountains?

Boneyard, Kuchu Shabu or the St. Regis Deer Valley Bar. [Editor’s note: Check out five more of our fave après situations across Park City, whether it’s winter or summer!]

Favorite restaurant to celebrate a special occasion?

Yuki Yama or Cortona.

Favorite dessert and/or adult beverage?

Favorite adult beverage: Fat Tire! Favorite dessert: the donut at High West.

Follow Caroline Gleich on Instagram and learn more about her on her website.

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About Author

Locke Hughes is a freelance journalist currently based in Park City, who used to live in NYC until the mountains called. She believes long hikes and hot yoga — as well as wine and delicious food — play an important role in a happy life. Follow her outdoors and eating adventures on Instagram @lockehughes.

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