Marble Famine is Over — Check out Woody’s Cook Shack

Post by blogger | May 5, 2008      

Last week and this weekend — winter returned to the Colorado mountains. We got out there. Hit for Marble on Saturday was Mount Justice, more to come. Weather was so cold most of the snow had not matted down to corn, but that changes fast. I’m anticipating this week as a full-force corn harvest. Meanwhile, man doesn’t live by corn alone. I’m here to tell you that Marble, Colorado finally has a real “mainstreet” restaurant that’s a perfect feed after your ski adventures.

Colorado backcountry skiing.
We approached this culinary adventure as total mystery eaters. Woody had no idea his staff was serving a nationally syndicated pro blogger and his clan. Our meal of pulled pork and smoked sausage arrived quickly, and fit the bill as classic mountain style barbecue, meaning adequate but not excessive portions that hit the tongue with a smoky tang. The newish building is nicely remodeled for the restaurant — clean and tidy. Prices are reasonable for an “end of valley” establishment. (BTW, they do server beer and wine.)

Colorado backcountry skiing.
A few deuce tables on the porch would be a perfect stop for you and a friend after spring skiing up the Quarry Road. Waiter was friendly. Indeed, he was so friendly I surmised Woody’s restaurant customers were some of the first new faces he was seeing after being snowbound in a nearby cabin for the last five months of our “amazing winter.” In photo above, you could ski the Carbonate run off Marble Ridge and you’d only have an 8 minute walk down the road to the Cook Shack. Tell ’em sent ya (spring hours: open weekends and a few weekdays, call at 970-963-4090, to find the Shack just continue on the upvalley main street of Marble till you smell hickory smoke. Three thumbs up from the WildSnow clan. (Oh, and yeah, those are the Dynafit Manaslu glop weapons, they work, and you don’t have to feed them.)

Colorado backcountry skiing.
Oh, and how about that skiing which gave us a smoker appetite? Mount Justice was not quite corn, but quite fun. Check out this view of upvalley Yule Creek, what folks are calling “Little Alaska.”

Colorado backcountry skiing.
Lisa tops out on Justice. That’s Marble Peak in center background. Woody’s Bar-B-Que Cook Shack is out of sight to right.

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9 Responses to “Marble Famine is Over — Check out Woody’s Cook Shack”

  1. BJ Sbarra May 5th, 2008 12:48 pm

    we also like to call it “the line up”, cause it looks like a bunch of set waves rolling in.

  2. Dongshow May 5th, 2008 1:31 pm

    yea, wow, that valley does looke quite fun. What’s the access like? Up the creek or over the back?

  3. Lou May 5th, 2008 3:17 pm

    You can be to the base of the peaks in probably 1 1/2 hours at the most, but you have to know where an obscure trail is that cuts through the timber to avoid a narrow creek bottom. Those going there the first time should really work to figure it out, as going the wrong way can add tons of time.

  4. Eric May 5th, 2008 5:07 pm

    Wow, do you guys get much wind there in central Colorado? I was up in Rocky Mountain National Park skiing this weekend, and the wind just scours the snow from many of the high peaks. The peaks there rarely show as much snow (or any) as the pictures above (and at other times on wildsnow).

  5. Lou May 5th, 2008 5:10 pm

    Nothing like Photoshop when you need some powder (just kidding). Actually, the area around Marble, known to some weather folks as the “Gothic Triangle” is one of the highest snow regions of the state. The photos show that.

  6. Craig Steury May 10th, 2008 9:47 am

    Thanks for the Woody’s tip. I was in Aspen this week for a conference with some people as far away as Stockholm and Quebec City. A trip to Marble and Woody’s was a nice anti-dote to the high-flying prices and atmosphere in Aspen! I also got a chance to check out the terrain around Marble. Looks fantastic! – Cheers, c.s.

  7. Bro Dave August 27th, 2008 7:16 pm

    My Sis and Husband live there!! My son and I were there not last July, but the previous. My heart is still there. What a fantastic life. Lizard Lake has a real deep spot!!!

  8. John Mullins and Clovis family July 23rd, 2010 12:14 pm

    We were in Marble the 4th of July We’re from Texas and we know bbq but never as good as Woodys. Even better was the friendly service and the beautiful surroundings We use to come to Prospect Mountain ranch every summer. We stayed at the Williams house this time. Of all the places we ate we all agreed we loved Woodys {even the grand kids who are so picky} Hope to get there again soon. Its 15 hrs away from us You are living the life.

  9. Lou July 23rd, 2010 1:30 pm

    I’m headed up there right now!!!

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