Today's your lucky day because I happen to know the answer to one of your questions.
The proper way to handle beer storage for a day of skiing is as follows:
1. Place the correct number of beers for your party (this is a somewhat arbitrary decision that *should* take into account how many miles you have to drive after consuming the beers
) in a plastic sack. The reason for the sack will become obvious later.
2. Once you arrive at the parking lot, trailhead, etc, you should park near an area that has a bunch of snow piled up. At trailheads, this is usually very easy, at ski area parking lots it takes a little more advance planning.
3. Carry your sack-o-beer over to the snow pile and dig a hole. This usually just requires kicking a depression out of the snow, but may be more difficult in areas with low snowfall and warm temperatures (why would you live someplace like that anyway?... but that's a different discussion). The key is to build a large enough hole that you can cover your sack-o-beer with at least a foot of snow. It's also best if you try to perform this step outside the range of prying eyes. I've never had my beer poached, but I would assume that in some
parts of the country this could theoretically happen.
4. MOST IMPORTANT STEP:
Mark where you buried the beer. Of the great disappointments in life, nothing is on a par with coming back to the car after a great day of skiing, drooling in anticipation of that cold, cold, beer, and not being able to find it. This is a very bush leage move and is easily avoided. Mark the spot with a tree branch or triangulate with your car wheel or something, but make sure you mark the buried treasure. Keep in mind that if God is really in your corner that day, it'll snow heavily during the day, so your markings should be performed with that in mind.
5. When you return from skiing, scoop out your bounty, pop the bottle cap (bottled beer ONLY
, by the way) with the opener you permanently carry on your pack, throw the caps in the plastic sack and use the plastic sack to hold the empty bottles so you can take them to the recycling center.
This method has never, ever failed me and it won't you. I've buried beer for over seven hours in 0(F) degree weather. No beer ever tastes better.
The second most important step is that you should never do this with light beer. Light beer is basically water and would freeze, break the bottles, pollute the environment, and fundamentally alter the cosmic balance.
Oh, and I approve of a food/wine sub-forum. I would love to see that.