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post #31 of 45
Bonking will depend on the person's exertion level and general fitness. A distance runner can burn far more calories before bonking than a weekend warrior.
post #32 of 45
When you only get 6.5 days average out west each year there is no time for lunch! OK maybe 20-30 minutes or so for some chili but otherwise it's a big breakfast and some protein bars for mid morning and mid afternoon. The same reason I don't stay out all night drinking on a ski trip. I can eat and drink all I want at home any time!

On the other hand.....

Every once in a while it is nice to do a leisurely lunch like if you are skiing on what would normally be your off day. When I am on a ski trip with my wife we usually take one day off mid week. One day we decided to ski our off day (instead of snowmobiling or whatever) but just take it easy, so we skied Keystone and had a great 2.5 hour lunch at the Alpenglow Stube. It was actually pretty fun because we weren't 'supposed' to be skiing anyway so I didn't feel anxious about getting back out there. We ended up night skiing a few runs before we called it a day. We still talk about that meal and different experience. We made a memory
post #33 of 45
Season Pass: No, fourpass, yes
Days a year: 6
Instructor: Who, me?

I always have a sandwich, some fruit and maybe a candy bar and two water bottles in my pack. I usually eat in the car or in the locker if I have to stash my pack there. I need the break and the fuel to be able to make it through the afternoon.
post #34 of 45
Both my wife and take frequent stops: snack on trail mix @ mid-morning break, (inside); cheese, crackers, lite deli, (ham, turkey) for "lunch"; maybe a cup of tea/bread afternoon. We usually quit by 2:00 anyway.
We've found that a "regular" lunch makes us feel lousy for the PM runs, (crampy, upset stomach, lethargic).
This routine works for us.
Once we come off the mountain, then it's pizza, maybe wings and most likely a beer if we're not dirving.
post #35 of 45

I eat about the same breakfast on ski days that I do every other day,then start snacking (energy bars or chocolate) early, and always have water with me. Usually either a very quick hot sandwich break -- 15 minutes maybe -- or nothing at all for lunch. Sometimes I have to shuttle Prickly Jr back home midday, at which point I might grab another snack from the kitchen before heading back out.

I really crave salty stuff while skiing, but have never really found the right portable snack.


Then more food when I get home after skiing. Always feel like a beer, but it would wipe me out, and at that point I'm on full childcare duty.


post #36 of 45
I used to pack a healthy sized sandwich for lunch and pretty much never stop.  I always ALWAYS carry and drink lots of water.  I find that every year I am stopping more and eating more hot lunch.  A big part of it is that as an instructor I get sufficient food discounts that eating at the resort isn't more expensive than whatever other option I would have tried.  And skiing lots of days means that I am not worried about getting one more turn in.  I also carry energy bars and pop them when needed.  They are also good to give to friends or clients who are bonking.  And of course some days you just have lessons through lunch.  That tends to call for two energy bars.

Pack Lunch vs. Buy Lunch = 40/60
Stop for lunch vs. eat on chair = 75/25
Days: 60+
Instructor: Guilty.

post #37 of 45
Season pass
30-50 days

In the old days before high speed lifts, I used to occasionally skip lunch. If I did eat lunch I almost always ate late because lines were shorter 12-1:30. It was simply a matter of not being tired or hungry and wanting to get more runs in. Now, when I'm working, it's not unusual to work through lunch (freeski? - we have a 12:00 line up!). I never have a problem bonking out when I skip lunch. I always eat a good breakfast and have plenty of fat stored in reserve. Sometimes I'll have a granola bar/Cliff bar to tide me over. Sometimes I'll have a late lunch and skip dinner. When I'm not working, I've reached the age where I can enjoy lunch as much as I enjoy skiing.
post #38 of 45
Yes I eat lunch.  I find that with high speed lifts I get plenty of skiing in and will often opt for a sit-down restaurant if a resort has one over the cafeteria.  If it's warmish and the sun is out then it's grilled burgers on the deck.  I used to bring a pbj or some leftovers in my backpack but seldom bother with that any more.
post #39 of 45
Season pass: yes
# days: 50+
Instructor:  no

Once the noon lunch crowd returns to the slopes, I stop for ~10 minutes to rehydrate and eat a modest meal.
post #40 of 45
Interesting topic here,

Well when we are out west. I always carry a backpack with me. Typically a few apples, water, and granola bars for the lifts. For lunch typically we pack a few sandwiches. I don't stop at the lodge for lunch very often (unless I am skiing back home). But, when we are out west we enjoy taking a half hour out of our day to find a quiet place to unclick and take in the view over a lunch break.

This is one of my favorite times of the ski day. I get to reflect upon my skiing of the day and we get to plan the next areas we want to ski.
post #41 of 45
5-10 days a season

Skiing solo I eat a bag lunch at the vehicle when I hike back there to change skis.

Skiing with Bears or my kid it is usually a quick bowl of chili fries and a pop about 11am.

When I skied everyday and had equipment room access I either ate at the lodge or left and came back
post #42 of 45
I take my daughter up to the mountain at 0700 every Sat. and Sun. because she is on the Alpine team.  This allows me plenty of time to get ready and have coffee and muffin etc in the lodge prior to skiing.  We usually bring our lunch and eat together in the Skiteam Lodge @ 11:00am.  I take a few breaks during the day depending on conditions and then we bail @

Season Pass: yes
Days:  50 or so
Instructor:  No
post #43 of 45
Season Pass Yes
60 days per
instructor no (although I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night and I taught both my kids to ski)
we usually pack lunch and we stop and use the microwaves and eat lunch somewhere on the mountain
post #44 of 45
Season Pass: sort of (instructor)
Days/Season: 30-40
Instructor: yes

I gotta eat or I'm gonna drop dead.  (Low blood sugar = bad.)

I had an odd instruction schedule last year where I was working 1PM-9PM, so I got 'lunch' before I went on shift.  Lineups at 1, 2:30, and 7:30, school groups at 4.  Usually after two 90-minute lessons I was ready for a break, and then I'd have dinner after the school groups came in.  There was one day I didn't get dinner.  That was a bad day.

If I'm freeskiing, yes, I'll take a break in the lodge for at least 30 minutes for lunch.  Usually I'm not organized enough to bring my own lunch and buy something in the lodge, but I do wear a camelbak and I'll bring some clif bars or something for the afternoon, which limits breaks other than lunch.
post #45 of 45
I stop for lunch about 80% of the time.

Go in, sit down near the fire... I may buy food, or I may not, depending on where I'm (when out of town, it's too much hassle to shop and prepare lunch. So I buy lunch. At home, food is already there, just bring what I want to eat). Go back out with fresh legs! :D

But I time my lunch at non-lunch hours. So I don't have to fight for table or fight for the chair back up...

Oh right, no pass, not an instructor. Varies between 20-40 days.

Originally Posted by davluri View Post

It kinda comes from the way cyclists are: lunch usually a quick stop and snacking on the bike. We have the chair.

"the way cyclists are"??? 

Sorry, that's just "the way YOU are"! Cyclists do eat lunch sitting down. And by that I don't mean the bike saddle. ;-) 

To eat good food is why many of us ride in the first place! :o)

the reason is that when you stop your body cools down and then you have to warm it up again. 

I don't know how old you are. But it doesn't take me that long to "warm up"...


 And it can be that you're covered with ice and snow and if you go inside everything gets really wet.  
Get some morden clothing. You CAN stay dry even without staying frozen! :o)

And frankly, and not to be a snob or a bum, but if you ski 120 days a year X $8 is $960. per year. that's as much as the pass.

I don't pay $8 for a lunch either. More over, you don't have to pay if you bring your own (but not frozen food). When I ski near home, I bring a thermo filled with hot soup. Some bread and salid... Not frozen, $0 dollar...

 Heck, you miss 4 Laps taking lunch in the lodge. 
If you're skiing 120 days, is 4 laps such a big lose?

Anyway, it's alright if you prefer to just snack on the chair in place of a sit down lunch. But no need for all those bogus excuses...  
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