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.)
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:
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.
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.
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.
We threw the following veggies into a skillet:
- Green pepper
- Black Beans
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.
Eggs!! If you get a plastic carrying case for eggs, they’ll likely be mostly in tact. (4/12 isn’t bad, right?)
And coffee. Always remember coffee.
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.
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.
- Zatarains Red Beans and Rice (just like college again!)
- Spinach (one bag of spinach is good for all these meals)
- Cheese-- there’s even a grater in the kit.
Eggs again! If it’s nice out, cook outside. That’s what porches are for, right?
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.)
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.