THE BEST SNACKS TO PACK FOR THE SKI SLOPES
Packing your own ski snacks is common practice. Resort food is overpriced and expensive. Return to your accommodation or base camp to load up on snacks isn’t always possible and, besides, you want to maximise your time carving up the slopes. These snacks make for a quick and tasty refuel option and should be packed in an everyday bag you take on the slopes.
When it comes to mountain snacks, trust the Scandinavians to have it down to a fine art. Norwegian flatbread is essentially fried leftover potatoes flattened and doused in sugar and cinnamon. It should satisfy your sweet cravings and give you enough carbohydrates to keep you fuelled up for the rest of the day.
I like to bring fruit with me up the mountain. They are great energy boosters and give you extra nutrition even when you are out on the slopes all day. I always opt for apples over bananas purely because if you take a tumble with a banana in your pocket, you might find your pocket a bit messy when you get up. Go for something a little sturdier.
Get your protein fix on the slopes with beef jerky or something similar. I have often replaced lunch with a generous portion of beef jerky with some Norwegian flatbread.
Another great source of protein, I like to carry something with a little spice on a cold day on the slopes. A dose of spice from chilli nuts can warm your cockles and won’t get crushed if you spend the morning falling on your bottom.
It has long been the staple of hikers, but there is a reason for it. Trail mix is a satisfying, nutritional snack which will keep the hunger at bay. You can pretty much add whatever you want to it. I usually throw in a few m&ms with mine to give it a little extra fun.
FREEZE DRIED LUNCHES
These dehydrated meals come ready to eat, just boil some water and you are ready to go. If you are planning a day off-piste, seriously off the beaten path, you will need something more than just snacks. Take some comfort food as a dehydrated meal in a bag and lunch like a king in between runs. My personal favourite, Dehydrated lasagna with meat sauce. It’s not the real thing, but it’s close enough.
Lastly, why not take something that will warm you up and make things a little more fun. Take care not to overdo it, but some whisky out on the mountain is a family secret of ours. I met someone on a ski lift once who even had a ski pole which doubled as a hip flask. The whole pole could hold booze for the discreet whisky drinker.
Kick the hunger on the slopes with these top mountain ski snacks, because you don’t want your growling stomach, or your empty wallet, to ruin your day skiing.
What are your favourite mountain snacks? Are you ready for the next ski season? Let us know in the comments section below.