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.
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?
Fave coffee (or tea) shop in Park City?
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?
Favorite dessert and/or adult beverage?
Favorite adult beverage: Fat Tire! Favorite dessert: the donut at High West.