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Crowds, lunch lines, packed tables, oh my. Sometimes you just want a quick sustenance and a swift exit. Judging by the number of quick-eat food trucks, stands, and cabins cropping up near the slopes, more and more skiers support this cause. Check out these speedy options when your stomach growls but the powder calls.
TRY IT: Belgian Waffle
At: Waffle Cabin, Okemo, Vt., and Waffle Way, Vail, Colo.
Ski up to Waffle Cabin’s sliding window at Okemo’s Jackson Gore base and order yours plain or drizzled with chocolate sauce, inhaling the sweet smell of these delicious fresh-baked treats while you wait. At Waffle Way, just below Vail’s Black Forest racecourse, skiers schuss over for gourmet, snack-size waffles topped with their choice of sauces. Possibly the perfect ski-day nibble.
TRY IT: Toasted Pocket Sandwich
At: Jafflz, Park City Resort, Utah
This toasted-sandwich concept came to Park City from South Africa of all places. Chef Meryl Van Der Merwe grew up in Cape Town eating leftovers toasted between two pieces of bread on a “jaffle iron.” Reckoning that these savory or sweet sammies would be the ideal food for the active folks in her new hometown of Park City, she created Jafflz. Ski over to the on-mountain stand at the top of the Red Pine gondola, where they serve breakfast (try the Chilaquiles Jaffle, with house-made pickled jalapeños, eggs, pico de gallo, cheddar, and cilantro), lunch (the Ba-bootie Jaffle is a South African–influenced sweet-and-sour lamb curry), and even dessert (s’mores, yum!).
Bonus: These are just the right size to pop into your pocket for your next ride up the lift.
TRY IT: Frog Dog
At: Euro Snack, Northstar, Calif.
A Frog Dog is a French-inspired creation, a hot dog cooked inside a baguette. Served at three Euro Snack locations—on Northstar’s pedestrian plaza, midmountain, and at the summit—these portable eats make an easy and filling snack any time of day.