Want a guilt-free way to indulge yourself with food while exercising? XC Skiing is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise but if you go on a “Gourmet Ski Tour” on your xc skis or snowshoes, you may very well eat your way to fitness at a number of trailside food stops. What a grand time so go ahead, eat, ski, and be merry – appetizers, wine, champagne, fondue, entrees, desserts, and more.
Here’s a cross section of the culinary xc ski events that are planned this winter across the country with a varied menu of fun and fine cuisine.
Eastman Cross Country’s Nordic Nibbles in Grantham, NH on January 15 has a Scandinavian theme with a visit to a fire pit at each stop for cheese from a local smokehouse, Lindt chocolate, gingerbread cake and pastries, local dairy milk for hot coco, soup, and the main meal from 11 AM – 1 PM.
The Sweetheart’s Chocolate Tour at Bretton Woods on February 11 with a self-guided tour to stops for sweets from 10 AM – 4 PM. And enjoy the Sweetheart’s Ski or Snowshoe Tour by candlelight at 7-8 PM that evening.
Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center’s “Howl at the Moon” event is a walking event at night on a short golf course path lit by torches and fire pits hosted by local restaurants in Hanover, NH on Friday, February 3.
The Chocolate Festival at Mt. Washington Valley Ski & Snowshoe Center in Intervale, NH on February 26 is an inn-to-inn affair at 10-12 stops to experience your chocolate fantasies including moose and fondue. Go on a tour of any length and actually gain calories, even if you ski as far as 20 kilometers. A shuttle is also available for those that have overindulged.
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Ironwood features cuisine from local restaurants that can be purchased at a nominal fee along a designated route along the trails at the Taste of the Trails on the ABR trails on March 3.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, CO hosts the Grand Huts.org Progressive Dinner on Feb 4 with a 5-course meal at 3 outposts. The tour starts at 5:30 and 6:30 PM and then return to the lodge for live music.
Just Desserts Eat & Ski in the Enchanted Forest in Red River, NM on February 25 features goodies from 20 different local restaurants at three trailside stations with up to 100 desserts within a 4 kilometer loop. Also the Headlamp Snowshoe Cookout Tour is a new monthly affair on Jan 14, Feb 18, and Mar 17.
Crested Butte Nordic Center has Sunday Brunch @ the Yurt reached by a 2 km tour, the Full Moon Dinner @ the Yurt, Valentine’s Dinner, and Fundraiser Dinners on scheduled dates.
Look to the Galena Lodge in Ketchum, ID for the Full Moon Dinners on nights associated with the full moon Dec 9-10, Feb 5-7, Mar 8-10) whereby you can go ski or snowshoe (half price rental gear offered) and then return to lodge for a 4-course dinner at $40 or half price for kids under 12.
Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, MT has a trailside one-stop buffet every Friday that can be reached on foot, snowshoes, or skis located so that one can either begin or finish their outing with the feast.
Tahoe Cross Country’s Gourmet Tour in Tahoe City, CA on March 11 is a two hour affair (1-3 PM) to sample a dozen of Lake Tahoe’s finest north shore restaurants featuring stops for seafood, crab cakes, soup, wine and pasta. And on Jan 1, ski to the Lakeview Trail for a hearty breakfast meal, and BBQ on the trail on both Feb 18 and Mar 18.
Cypress Mountain outside of Vancouver, BC has Chocolate Fondue Tours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights starting at 6:30 PM and the Cheese & Chocolate Fondue Tour on Fridays and Sundays at 6 – 10 PM. Tours are organized by pre-registration.