TIP: Brown Bag It!
By Tammie Thompson
I’m in the food line at a destination ski resort. I’ve got a slice of pizza, a tuna sandwich, French fries, a bagel with cream cheese, three candy bars, a juice and a couple of sodas. $57.63. Say what? We could have had dinner at our favorite restaurant instead of in a cafeteria (albeit slopeside) with plastic chairs.
Enter ski resort dining. Of course all resort dining experiences are not so harsh. Lots of resorts have gourmet meals like roast beef au jus or pasta du jour, with home baked bread and delectable desserts. But do you really want to carbo load while that expensive lift ticket clock is ticking? And what about the kids? Spend $15 on that daily special, only to have Susie make a mountain (with terrain park features) out of the mashed potatoes. Let’s face it, what you really need is a quick calorie pick-me-up to recharge and keep moving.
That’s why we brown bag it whenever we can. Whether you are traveling from home or town, or staying slopeside, it’s easy to throw a turkey sandwich together, a power drink, and a cookie (or two). Pack pockets with snacks (think 10 am and 2pm to keep kids on track), and find a place to stash your lunch for a quick noon-ish break.
Most resorts offer coin lockers or unlimited “in-and-out” basket checks. Or think about packing an old backpack and stashing it at an upper mountain locale. Be sure that the backpack does not contain any other personal items, as theft has been on the rise.
I’ve got my kids trained. On a recent trip I asked if they had money for lunch. The response, “can’t you just make me a sandwich?”
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…. Tammie Thompson is the winter version of a soccer mom. Back and forth to the mountain, ski races, equipment management; and lots of brown bag lunches!