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How to eat like a champ on a 3 day backcountry trip in the winter

man in backcountry with thermos

Now that spring corn is providing safer snow conditions, the backcountry is the place to be! Whether you’re building snow caves, getting your yurt on, or booking forest service cabins, overnight backcountry ski trips are game on.

It’s best if you can pull a sled in (behind a snowmobile or your body) and have a fairly large cooler in it. (If you’re not going the sled route and everything is entering the backcountry directly on your back, we hope you’ve been hitting the gym and have a giant pack.)

pulling a sled into the backcountry

A whole set of meals for four people can easily be prepped, cooked, and cleaned with THIS BALLER COOKWARE SET and this KITCHEN SET. You’ll be tempted to get rid of everything in your real kitchen, because this is all you’d ever need.

Get as creative and gourmet as you’d like with this, but here’s an easy meal plan from people who like skiing a whole lot more than cooking:

DAY 1:

+Breakfast

Eat at home, early morning. Go protein-heavy so you have enough energy for the day. Eggs are a good option. Make a sandwich ahead of time, and shove it in your pocket for later. Getting deep into the backcountry is hard work.

+Lunch

Bust out your sandwich from earlier and enjoy. As soon as you reach your destination, make sure you get wood and water gathered before sundown so that you are prepared for an afternoon of skiing, chopping wood, and taking care of any unknowns.

man checks fire in backcountry cabin check the fire situation first.
axe wood metal water bottle You'll probably need to chop wood. Do this while it's light outside.
man drags water out of river ah yes, the ol' water-gathering bucket trick

+Dinner 

Your vegetables are the freshest they’ll be the whole trip. They likely got tossed around a little bit on the journey into your location (In this case, 13 miles behind a snowmobile…), so they might look a little banged up, but they’ll still taste fresh.

 

cutting a zucchini cooking with GSI stove cooking in a cabin

We threw the following veggies into a skillet:

  • Green pepper
  • Onion
  • Black Beans
  • Sausage
  • Spinach
  • Tomato

And ate them over pasta with cheese.

This is a good backcountry meal because it’s easy to make and is loaded with a good mix of protein, carbs and iron so that you can charge hard the next day.

mountain scape sweet dreams of pow turns!

Day 2


+Breakfast

cooking eggs in a cabin on a stove salt and pepper are clutch

Eggs!! If you get a plastic carrying case for eggs, they’ll likely be mostly in tact. (4/12 isn’t bad, right?)

  • Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Sausage

And coffee. Always remember coffee.

 

+Lunch

good to go dehydrated food Mmmm Quinoa

After you make breakfast, it’s easy to prep for lunch. Good to Go makes dehydrated meals that taste great and are easy to pour into a thermos and toss into your pack.

pouring water Cooking!
backcountry date Scoping lines from a lunch perch. Life is good.
skiing with a dog Fueled up for skiing down

+Dinner

After a full day of skiing, warm food is going to taste incredible. Anything you cook at this point will taste like a five-star meal, but you might as well do it right.

 

cooking in a cabin

cooking by headlampFor something easy and filling, this is a good one:

  • Zatarains Red Beans and Rice (just like college again!)
  • Tortillas
  • Spinach (one bag of spinach is good for all these meals)
  • Cheese-- there’s even a grater in the kit.
couple in a cabin cooking dinner boxed wine, anyone?

Day 3

+Breakfast

Eggs again! If it’s nice out, cook outside. That’s what porches are for, right?

 

lighting a stove Mmmm Coffee
coffee Coffee = life

+Lunch

Good To-Go is just so easy for lunch meals. The Thai Curry is bomber. (If you’ve ever been to Missoula, it actually tastes a lot like Five On Black.)

 

good to go! Thai Curry
woman snowmobiling No one knows, but she has a backpack full of curry
man drinking water in mountains stay hydrated!

+Dinner

 

You’ll be back in The Real World when you’re having dinner. You’ll likely stop at the first pizza place or diner you see, and that’s cool. Otherwise, you’ll have a newfound gratitude for electricity and running water as you cook  in a real kitchen.

Be warned, you’ll already miss your backcountry home, and reintegrating into civilization can be a real buzzkill.

It’s okay-- you can always turn out the lights and cook by the light of your headlamp.

 

Until next time….

good dog.
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