A slimy, moldy hydration reservoir is not what you want to find when you’re rushing out the door on a powder day. Most electrolyte drink mixes leave a slimy residue behind. Forget to clean your reservoir or bottle for a couple of days after using it, and you'll have a biology experiment in your pack. Sugar plus moisture is a recipe for bacterial growth. Add heat—even if it’s just the warmth of your mudroom or the ski lodge, and your water bottle or hydration bladder will turn into a petri dish faster than a park rat can shoot, edit and post a YouTube video.
Camelbak’s electrolyte drink, Elixir, tastes sweet, but it uses sucralose and acesulfame potassium instead of sugar—so it won’t become a science experiment in your hydration pack. Where some artificially sweetened drinks have a chemical taste or aftertaste—particularly drinks with aspartame (Nutrasweet)—this one doesn’t. And in our own informal survey, we found that during times of intense output—when skiers were pushing themselves to the max on or off the slopes—athletes said they could stomach this drink, when other drink mixes didn’t settle well. Add it to your water, and you’ll drink a whole lot more. And that’s critical when you’re skiing. Even though it’s cold out and you may not feel like you are sweating, skiers dehydrate from output and/or altitude. Stay hydrated and you perform better longer.
The effervescent, electrolyte-loaded Elixir tablets come in an easy-to-stash-in-your-pack-or-pocket tube, so you can refill and recharge. Pop one in your reservoir or waterbottle, and it dissolves with a fizz. Elixir has 10 calories per serving, and less than a gram of carbs. Use one tablet for every 24 ounces of water, or make your mix a little more dilute to taste. In Berry, Lemon-Lime and Orange with caffeine. $10/12-tablet tube, camelback.com