How to Cook (and Shop) for the Perfect Ski Weekend

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Photo by Haley Read

If you are heading out of town for a President’s Weekend on the slopes you will want to spend your time in the fresh air getting in as many runs as possible—and not in the grocery store and kitchen. To get the most out of your weekend, do a big shopping trip right when you get into town or make some of these meals at home and bring them to your cabin.

How to Hydrate

Regardless of your level, the most important things to do are eat breakfast and drink lots of water and focus meals on protein. Before tackling the mountain make sure you are hydrated and keep yourself hydrated all day. Drinking lots of water is the most effective and easiest way to ease the symptoms of altitude sickness and perform to your best skiing ability. If you carry a ski backpack to the mountain, pack a few bottles of hint water to refuel after a couple of runs.

Prep a Protein-Packed Breakfast

Skiing and snowboarding can take a lot out of you between the crisp air, altitude, sun, and exercise so make sure you are fueled up before you take your first chairlift up. You can burn anywhere from 300-1000 calories an hour out on the slopes. To make sure you are perfectly prepped for a physically challenging day, pack protein and complex carbs into your breakfast. Try a veggie omelette or oatmeal and a side of fruit with both. When buying oatmeal, buy the individual packets or cups so everyone in your house can make them as they wake up. Both of these breakfast options will keep you full until lunch and are easy to digest. Stay away from sugar-filled cereals, pastries, and donuts. The sugar will make you tired and leave you hungry an hour into your day.

Snacks for the Slopes

Along with your water, pack snacks in your backpack to bring to the mountain and leave in the lodge. This will help you stay away from indulging in the unhealthy cafeteria options (hello, French fries, cookies, and brownies) and their highly marked-up prices and long lines. Pack 100-calorie packs of nuts, a banana, or energy bar. When shopping for an energy bar look for ones with under 12g of sugar and high in protein.

Lunch in the Lodge

Whether you want to pack lunch or order at the lodge or sky-top restaurant be sure to make healthy choices. Again, you will want to make sure your meal is protein filled. You will be cold and hungry so warm up with soup, like chicken noodle, white bean and kale, or chili from the snack bar. Or order a turkey burger topped with swiss cheese, tomato, and avocado. If you prefer to pack your lunch, bring a sandwich and a bag of homemade grab-and-go granola.

Après Ski Dining

Now for the fun part: après ski! You and your friends may head out for a drink at the lodge after a great day of skiing to mingle with others and listen to live music. Make sure you drink water between each drink to stay hydrated and avoid a hangover and altitude sickness. When you head home, light the fire, pull out board games, and get a good meal on the table for you and your guests. To avoid cooking all night, prepare these meals at home and refrigerate in your cabin or make them the night before. I love letting the crockpot simmer up these yummy meals while I am out and returning home to a perfectly cooked meal.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

This President’s Day I am planning to make slow-cooker chicken burrito bowls—a real crowdpleaser which only takes about five minutes to put together. To prep, pour all of the ingredients into the slow cooker, mix it up, turn it on and go. All you will need to do when you get home is scoop a bowl for yourself and your guests and top with cheese. This go-to meal is hearty, filling, and healthy. Filled with shredded chicken, corn, black beans, rice and tomatoes, it will refuel you for the next day back out on the slopes. Find all the ingredients in our Ski Weekend Shopping List below and the full recipe on thekitchn.com.

Ski Weekend Shopping List

Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Serves 6 to 8

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or a mix
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock, divided, plus more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, diced avocado, salsa, hot sauce, diced green onions, shredded lettuce

What do you love to eat and drink during a ski weekend?