When most people go skiing or snowboarding, conversation runs in favour of conditions and altitude. But an equally worthy topic of late is food and drink. I don’t mean gourmet hot chocolate in the village post-ski, but on-hill dining — like swim-up pool bars … but on snow with skis or boards. Here are just some of the snacks available on North American ski hills.
Sweet Spot Mont Sainte Anne, outside of Quebec City, pays homage to provincial cuisine with a traditional sugar shack on one of its family trails (La Pichard). It’s mostly meant to appeal to kids, but who doesn’t enjoy a hit of sugar, especially when it takes the form of hot maple taffy poured on top of fresh snow, then scooped up and served on a wooden stick? The maple lollipop is the perfect fuel for your last few runs and it’s quintessentially Canadian. $2.50
Bubbly Bar Travel southwest into Colorado and head to Aspen Mountain for a posh on-hill experience. Local hotel The Little Nell has launched a Veuve Clicquot Champagne pop-up bar that skiers find via clues left on the restaurant’s social media channels. The bar itself, called The Oasis, weighs 2,000 pounds, and is on skis so that it can be towed to various points along the mountain’s 76 trails. Open Fridays through Sundays during the spring ski season, it also serves caviar to accompany the bubbly. Glasses from US$17
Treats to Go In Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Park City, Utah, Hyatt hotels are taking preventative measures, offering guests grab-and-go food specifically designed to fit in ski jacket pockets. Think breakfast wraps and paninis made with farm-fresh eggs and local produce, which hungry skiers and boarders can indulge anywhere they like on the hills — or in the gondolas on their way up the mountains. From US$11
How long until we can find raclette on a run, or that trails are named after the food one can find on them? Our guess: It’s only a matter a time until a black diamond run is home to a Black Diamond cheese stop (you can send us a cheque in the mail, Black Diamond). Either way, there’s no reason to wait until après-ski.