Everyone knows that mountain food is among the most expensive of any other sport. A cup of chili and a Powerade costs roughly $10, at Allyn’s Lodge at the Sugarbush Mountain Resort in Warren, VT. The upside? Ski packs and backpacks are becoming ever-more efficient, waterproof and thermal. The solution to breaking the bank for lunch and snacks? Pack your own!
Here are a few mid-mountain munchies and energy-filled meals that are easy to pack and will save you a few dollars on your trip.
Pre- Ski Breakfast:
Breakfast is, in fact, the most important meal of the day. It kickstarts your metabolism, and gets your energy up. Plus, you don’t want to burn out before lunch.
If your hotel/resort/ hostel does not provide breakfast, its a good idea to pick up some small things to eat before. Your grocery list should include, bananas, yogurts, apples, and something with carbs. Milk and cereal do wonders, but instant oatmeal is really easy to make, and most hotel rooms have coffee makers (for hot water). If there’s a Whole Foods or a Co-Op nearby, they all make fantastic muffins- like the kind that make your stomach do a serious happy dance. Whole Foods also does an oatmeal bar for breakfast, with all the toppings you can imagine. Carbs are essential for maintained energy. Ideal Breakfast: 1 cup of Greek Yogurt (it’s loaded with protein), a bran muffin, and a banana (to keep muscle cramps away).
Lunch is tough, because, it’s a good break from hitting the moguls, and yet, you don’t want to stop. It should also be light, because nothing is worse than a heavy full pop-the-buttons-on-your-bib feeling as youre bombing down the bunny slopes. (another reason the chili habit needed to stop) For peanut butter lovers, go for the PB& J and some gatorade, or a peanut butter banana sandwich. Packed with protein, and just enough sugar for an edge, these will keep you full and happy through the afternoon. For those allergic to nuts or anti-peanut butter, a simple turkey and cheese with lettuce and tomatoes (or toppings of choice) is equally as delicious. However, don’t put the mayo or mustard on it, because if your sandwich gets squashed in your pack, the squishy stuff gets EVERYWHERE.
Believe it or not, PowerBars do freeze. So do granola bars. Try just simple, plain nuts, or dried fruit, or trail mix. Fresh fruit also does pretty well in the cold- just be sure you wrap it up well so that it doesn’t get squashed.
Spending a little extra for groceries at the beginning of your trip will save you a boatload in mountainside restaurant fees- and ensure that you have everything you need for a yummy ride.
Lone Star Powderhound.