Snack Ideas for your next Ski Trip

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Snack Ideas for your Ski Trip

Skiing empowers a person to take their life into their own hands. The wind in your hair, the sensation of meticulously controlling your every movement, every bump and rock you feel as you ski through the snow, and the breath-taking nature that encompasses you make skiing feel like no other activity in the world. But no one has ever said that skiing is effortless. No matter if you are a first-timer or a 30-year veteran, skiing takes a lot of time and physical and mental energy. But you don’t want to stop after only an hour or two in the snow, do you? To keep going and prevent the growling in your stomach from bringing your time on the slopes to an end, you need nutritious and filling snacks that refuel your lost energy.

But what are the best snacks to eat while you are knee-deep in the snow? In this guide, I will teach you the best type of snacks to take with you on your ski trips. These snacks are built for taste, satiety and will keep you going with lasting energy.

What Should you Eat While Skiing?

Whether you purchase pre-made snacks or decide to make your own, there are a few nutritional traits that all ideal snacks should share.

Number one: your snacks should provide you with energy while you ski.

As you ski, your body uses the stored energy. Your breakfast can fill you up and provide plenty of energy to burn off while you are skiing. But if you skip breakfast, your energy could quickly deplete and leave you lying down on the side of the slope. To build a perfect snack for such a high-energy activity, you need to have carbohydrates in your snack bag. But not just any carbohydrates, your body needs slow-release carbs. Slow-release foods are carbohydrates that raise the blood sugar in your veins and arteries slowly. Therefore, these foods provide you with a stable supply of energy. You will not end up with a sugar high and then a sugar crash. So ditch the donuts, muffins, and sugary breakfast foods. You need foods like brown rice, beans, bread, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

Number two: your snacks should not need to be warmed up. 

For many people, this is a no-brainer. Why would you bring a snack that needs to be microwaved out into the freezing weather, where there are no microwaves or even electricity? This warning may seem like a no brainer, but some people are either clueless or just beginning to ski, and they bring meat, refrigerable foods, or even popcorn in their bags with them. 

Number three: The snacks must contain protein

Along with being extremely enjoyable, skiing is an intensive winter-sport. Skiers need to use all of their muscles to control how they move on the slopes so they can build up proper speed, make well-calculated turns, and stay upright while gliding through the snow. And as every gym-goer knows, when you overuse your muscles, they develop tiny tears that cause muscle soreness. But muscle soreness is not a bad thing. Creating these tiny tears in the muscle causes people to become stronger in whatever exercise they’re performing. But the only way muscles can repair itself is if it received a healthy amount of protein. Now a proper dinner after skiing can provide you with plenty of protein to help build your muscles back up again, but there’s nothing wrong with getting some protein while you’re outside in the snow.

Number four: Your snacks must be lightly flavored.

Now, this rule is more of a suggestion than a rule. While you are skiing down the mountainside and riding the lift back up again, you’ll grow more tired and dehydrated. So, when you eat your heavily spiced snack, it could taste completely different or even unappetizing. If you find that this has happened to you, stick with fruit flavors, light flavors like maple coconut, and stay away from extremely spicy seasonings. Now is probably not the time to bring out your parmesan jalapeno vinegar potato chips.

Calorie Burning while Skiing

Skiing is one of the most intensive exercises you can put your body through. According to, a single hour of skiing is enough to burn 300 to 600 calories. The amount you burn depends on your height, weight, and the difficulty of your slope, but the average person can easily burn 450 calories in an hour. So if you ski for three hours, you can burn 1350 calories or more in that time! It’s no wonder that most skiers return to their resort or lodge with a ravenous appetite.

Best Snacks for Skiing

skiers waiting in line for snacks

Trail mix

There’s no other snack in this world that can provide a perfect mix of salty, sweet, nutty, chocolatey, crunchy, and gooey like a packet of Trail Mix. It’s loved by people all around the world. Trail Mix has kept people awake, alert, and full in every type of physical environment there is.

Trail Mix is available almost everywhere, and you can quickly grab a pack of Trail Mix in your resort or hotels’ gift shop if you need a quick bite. If you want better control over the types of foods in your Trail Mix, you can always create a custom mix at home.

Protein bars

One thing you must know about protein bars is many cheap or wholesale bars have a lot of sugar in addition to their high protein count. They don’t have slow-release carbohydrates either. High sugar protein bars raise your blood sugar up and then allow it to crash back down, causing you to develop a big headache adjacent to losing your energy. So if you plan to eat a protein bar while skiing, make sure your bar has a low amount of sugar and is actually a healthy snack.


No matter who you are, eating a piece of jerky makes you feel like a cowboy in the Wild West. Packing jerky for your ski outing is an excellent option because it is small, lightweight, you can share it with others, and it has plenty of protein to help repair muscles. But choose jerky flavors that are mild or even have no flavor at all, unless you want to be stuck with buffalo flavored jerky and no water nearby.


Electrolytes are not a snack, but leaving them at home is not optional. Every skier needs to drink a lot of electrolytes while they are skiing. Even though it is freezing cold outside, skiers sweat profusely because of the amount of energy their body is burning along with all of the layers of clothes they have to wear. So, a skier must replenish the salt and minerals in their body before they dehydrate and pass out. If you purchase a powdered electrolyte, you can add it to any bottle or a cup of water you have.

Energy bites

Lightweight, compact, and filled with calories, energy bites are the latest snack to hit the sports world. Energy bites are small bite-sized pieces of food that are packed with calories. Most energy bites are balls that are around 100 calories. 100 calories is not much, but this snack is so small that a person can easily eat half a dozen without registering what you’re doing. Remember, every bite-sized serving is 100 calories.

Energy bites are already cooked and prepared, so you don’t have to shape them into bites or cook them. But you should know that energy bites have a reputation for being extremely fatty. So if you’re more interested in slow-release carbohydrates without the fat, check around for healthy pre-made energy bites, or you can make them yourself. If you don’t use any eggs or dairy, they won’t need to be refrigerated.


Oatmeal is probably one of the best ski snacks or high energy snacks in the entire world. Marathon runners love to eat oatmeal for breakfast because they know it is packed with a lot of slow-release carbohydrates. In addition to providing a steady release of carbohydrate-based energy, you can change the flavor of oatmeal to anything you want. Packing your oatmeal with extras like fruits, chia seeds, and nuts can improve the flavor as well. Some even like to add a bit of chocolate to their oatmeal. 


Overall, you should focus on snacks that are both delicious and replenish all of the energy that you burn throughout the day. Embrace slow-release carbohydrates and stay away from candy bars and high sugar protein bars. Oatmeal is one of the best foods to snack on because it can provide you with long-lasting energy, plus they can be changed to suit any palette. Plain oatmeal isn’t a lot of calories, so be sure to load it up with extra, because the average skier burns 450 calories an hour! And skiers definitely don’t stay on the slopes for a single hour. Trail mix and jerky are compact foods that can be carried in any backpack or duffel bag. Never rely on quick and easy junk food from an establishment to be your primary fuel source while skiing. You may wake up with a stomachache in the morning!

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Harry Sowers

Harry grew up outside of Denver Colorado and has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 3. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college at UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.