When discussing food and drink with most skiers the first word that comes to mind is alcohol. Unfortunately this isn’t a guide to what alcohol to drink when skiing but more how to recover from the demands of the slopes (alcohol included!) With the physical demands of skiing it is essential that you keep your body topped up with the relevant nutritional goodness. This article will give you some top tips to what to eat and drink on the slopes.
1. Drink plenty of water
When you’re out all day on the slopes it’s crucial that you stay hydrated. Although you might find it hard to believe, due to the cold weather you will sweat an unbelievable amount on the slopes. So Love Skiing’s top tip is drink water whenever possible!
2. Carry a rucksack with you
Not only will carrying a rucksack make your life a lot more convenient when on the slopes but it will also save you a bundle. Your rucksack should include water, a packed lunch, high energy snacks (see below) and possibly a sugary snack. A sports drink is also a plus.
3. Regularly eat high energy foods throughout the day to keep your energy levels topped up
- Dried nuts and fruit are a brilliant snack to keep yourself topped up. Best to buy these at home in advance, so you don’t have to pay mountain prices!
- Fresh fruit is another great snack. If you’ve got a bit of time, prepare yourself some banana cut in half with peanut butter spread on top. It is a pretty crazy snack but take it from me, it tastes amazing!
4. Kick start your day with a fuel charged breakfast
True to the saying, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Kick start your day with a high energy breakfast jam packed with protein. This should include cereal, fruit, eggs, toast and yoghurt. For those who need a bigger meal, have lean bacon, sausages and beans.
5. Try to eat 6 smallish meals throughout the day opposed to your three big meals
By eating smaller meals every couple of hours you will be able to digest your food easier and thus keep yourself active for longer. However don’t feel that by eating smaller meals you are missing out on your calorie intake. When eating more often, your body doesn’t need as much food per feeding. You can consume the same number of calories eating more meals per day by shrinking the amount of calories each meal contains.
Here is a breakdown of how often you could eat whilst on the slopes.
1. Breakfast – 7 a.m.
2. Morning refuel – 9:30 a.m.
3. Lunch – 11 a.m
4. Afternoon break – 1:30 p.m
5. Late day snack – 3 p.m.
6. Aprés – 5 p.m.
7. Dinner – 7:30 p.m.