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How much do you ski after lunch?

post #1 of 35
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When I was younger, I'd ski all morning, eat lunch, then ski all afternoon until the lifts closed.

After not skiing for ~15 years, it looks like I'm getting bitten by the bug again. 

Now, I ski all morning, eat a light lunch (soup and a clif bar) and digest my food.  Now, however, I notice that I am a lot stiffer in the afternoon, and more easily fatigued, which reduces my ability to engage the snow with the zeal that I did in the morning.

Couple that with the condition of the runs in the afternoon, the higher prevalence of kids (the ones who go down the hill backwards) who tend to lay around in groups in the middle of runs (what's up with that?), and I've been heading home by about 2:30.

On the one hand, I think maybe it's because I'm older or I'm not used to skiing a full day yet, but then on the other hand maybe I'm just giving it so much in the morning, going for the rush, that it's "normal" to can it before the lifts close.

What's your take on this, and when do you call it a day?
post #2 of 35
I call it a day when they tell me I can't get back on the chair!

As it is I spend 5 hours driving to get in 6 hours skiing.......
post #3 of 35
not much. its not that i don't want to... but that's when the lines and crowds start getting bigger.
post #4 of 35
The goal is to ski all day, from first to last lift with only taking no more than a 20 minute break.
post #5 of 35
I ski till bell most days whether teaching/freeskiing/ or combo of the both.

I get cranky if I dont eat lunch and dont ski nearly as well. Lunch varys from PB&J to chicken and mashed potatoes to salad. really anything to keep me going.
post #6 of 35
Originally Posted by skiking4 View Post

The goal is to ski all day, from first to last lift with only taking no more than a 20 minute break.

Same here, only to get warmed up I like to get to the slopes 2 hours before the lifts open and hike for turns.
post #7 of 35
 Maybe take some time to get back into the swing and re-develop your routine.  A 15 year break is a long time.

I take a traditional lunch break when skiing locally, but when skiing out west, where I am more likely to ski hard and wear myself out, I hydrate and snack lightly throughout the day and try to pace myself.  I tried a traditional lunch break once or twice out there, but it was too disruptive in many ways.  With light snacking, frequent liquids, and short breaks, I can usually ski until the lifts close.

Now, when I really overdo it out west -- say if it's a powder morning and I ski real hard -- I will often finish out the day cruising blues and greens rather than quit.  And sometimes that leads to unexpected great runs. 

So basically, pace yourself and don't be afraid to downshift in the afternoon if it lets you enjoy the rest of the day.  With time, I bet you'll find your all-day endurance returns.
post #8 of 35
Now that I'm old fat and out of shape, I find that if I stop for lunch I will cramp up in the afternoon, but if I don't bother to stop for lunch I'm good 'till last chair (and usually the next "last chair" too).
post #9 of 35
I usually have lunch in the car on the way home, then  sometimes dinner in the car on the way home.  However, if I'm skiing with other folks that need to stop for food I don't mind obliging.
post #10 of 35
Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post

Same here, only to get warmed up I like to get to the slopes 2 hours before the lifts open and hike for turns.

Wow, so if it's like a big pow day your legs must be killing!
post #11 of 35
I often have other things on my agenda as well as a day on the slopes so I'll ski hard, fast, and alone until I have to head home, typically about 12:30 - 1:00.  When I have a full day I will eat lunch and ski an easier afternoon, stopping when I please which can be any time until the lifts close.  

When I ski with others, which is maybe 30% of the time, I'll do whatever the group wants.
post #12 of 35
As time goes by find fewer blacks after lunch.  So don't eat till 1 or so.  More cruiser, and gentler off piste in the PM. 

Gone are the days of beating the bump runs from bell to bell. 
post #13 of 35
I live close to an amazing mountain that allows me to ski all year round. I tend to ski until i'm tired then call it a day. I usually skip lunch at the mountain maybe eat a powerbar on the lift
post #14 of 35
Do it your own way - comfort, pacing, fun.
If you've gotta eat lunch - and we ALL should be eating lunch of some kind - stop for 1/2 hour, keep stretching so you won't get stiff, then do a couple gentle runs while yoour food digests. Then go for it any way you want.
I ski til I'm tired - you gotta know when to stop, or you may become a hazard to yourself and others !
post #15 of 35
  How much I ski after lunch, indirectly  is related to how much Moosedrool I am forced to inbibe.
post #16 of 35
I ski hard but like to take a relaxing lunch, as long as it is less than 1 hr.  I feel a little groggy for a bit, but after about 40 minutes am refreshed and read to go "to the bell" as BWPa says. 
post #17 of 35
I almost never stop during the day. Typically I will just eat a granola bar around 1PM and keep going, having started around 8. If it is really really cold I might be convinced to go in for a cup of soup or something of the like, but that never takes more than say 20 minutes off the hill. I stop when the lifts tell me no more.

I go skiing to ski, not dawdle around in a cafeteria eating $8 fries.
post #18 of 35
It's a good question because by lunchtime I am usually pretty hungry since we usually skimp on breakfast in order to get out to the powder quicker.

By lunchtime all the virgin runs are deflowered and its time to eat and the Brits dont go long without a tea time session.

If there is still a possibility of untouched glades somewhere then going back out after lunch is a definite, otherwise we might not or kind of take it easy, hang out at the snow park, or nap and go skiing on the frontside later.

But most of the day's enthusiastic skiing definitely occurs before lunchtime. This is of course, considering a normal day at the resort, not heli-skiing or a day's hike to a summit or things of that sort. 
post #19 of 35
I eat when ever LS says its time for us to, then I hit the hill again when LS says its time to, then we finnish when LS says its time to.
Hmmm I am my own man when LS says I can be!!
post #20 of 35
Lunch, bout 11:30am sandwich, apple/orange, trailmix and some water. On my way by 12:15pm when the crowd thinks its lunch time. Started the day being one of the first up the lift and try to end the day after the lifts stop (this is becoming more difficult). Getting older I guess.
post #21 of 35
They were forcasting rain this afternoon, so I got a half day ticket.  Realized it was 1330 hrs, and came off the hill,  I'm sitting here avec ma mondite bière, (http://www.unibroue.com/graphs_our_beers/maudite.html). Legs are still good to go, but I noticed a tweak in my back.  On the spur of the moment I decided to put in another zig just before my zag, and in the flat light a compression managed to coincide with the initiation of my zag.  Skis made a 90 degree turn, I kept going straight for another 50 yards.  Funny thing is I didn't really notice the tweaked back until I got off the hill.  Forcast now says freezing rain later this aft.Maybe I should have taken the whole day and stopped for lunch..  
post #22 of 35
Originally Posted by AKiss20 View Post

I go skiing to ski, not dawdle around in a cafeteria eating $8 fries.

Lunch has always blown my mind as well. Particularly since it's usually the same "G"s that complain about how expensive a lift ticket is that are sitting in a lodge somewhere for 1 1/2 hours eating $12 hamburgers.
post #23 of 35
It depends on the day, but I generally stop for a quick lunch to beat the rest of the lunch people around 11:30 or 11:45 (I could wait until 2, but then stuff wouldn't be as fresh and I don't like waiting around for things to get made up, I generally grab a slice of pizza because it's fast and no waiting).  Then I ski until I'm tired.  But, I live just 16 minutes away and ski 4 days a week, so I don't have to make any quotas or anything.  Do I ski more in the AM or the PM?  Depends on what time I arrive in the AM. 

Most people here seem to think they are missing the crowd if they are stopping at 1.  But, that's when everyone seems to stop to "miss the crowd". 

Although, there isn't really a crowd since I ski midweek.  But, I like my pick of tables, etc. and not waiting for the cashier, so that I can be in and out in under 30 minutes. 

post #24 of 35

When away from the home mountain with the famn damily we break at 10:30 then ski until 1. Take lunch then we ski together until 3 when 2 of my kids usually want to call it a day and I ski with my oldest (11) until the lifts stop rolling. If I am sans family it is pretty much the same but quite when I can't get anyone else to do another run. At the home mountain because of the season pass it is always different and get there and leave at different times and I may spend more time in the bar late in the day. :)

post #25 of 35
Snowboarding is a relaxing way to spend the afternoon after a morning of Telemark skiing. :)
post #26 of 35
I basically ski 9:00 am till 2:00 no breaks. I grab water when I hit the washroom and keep a supply of granola bars in my pocket.  I figure my breaks are on the lift ... and the best time on the hill is between 11 and 1 when everyone else is eating lunch.

I will admit that the times I've done the lunch thing things are pretty ugly cuz I seize-up ... not to mention the afternoon lift lines.

After 5 hours, if I'm still at it ... I'm looking for trouble because my legs get stupid and have a mind of their own. (LOL)
post #27 of 35
 My wife and I do a filling breakfast (oatmeal, fresh fruit, coffee) and pack portable sandwiches which I slide into my pockets and usually stop somewhere with a view, eat outside and keep skiing until we are tired.  Neither one of us likes the whole lodge, overpriced bad food thing. Sometimes, we walk out to the car and tailgate. The larger the lunch, the less we feel motivated to ski hard so we tend to pack light and eat on the fly.   
post #28 of 35
Most people need food during the day for optimal performance, but not all.  I often go without and pay for it later.

My last lunch at the hill was packed.  It was Paleo.

Grilled chicken breast and grilled shrimp.  Lots of lime squeezed on.  Water.  Grapes and nuts.  Dark chocolate.  Just right for that day and I was able to keep it going, which is not always the case.

I have found that the insulin spike takes a serious toll on performance and Paleo mostly eliminates that problem.  It's an interesting approach to eating for athletes and guys like me.
post #29 of 35
After lunch . umm wouldnt that be dinner time?
post #30 of 35
I think it goes breakfast, 2nd breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, supper, bed-time snack.
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