Gourmet Ski/Snowshoe Tours – Stuff Your Face with Less Guilt

Want a guilt-free way to indulge yourself with food while exercising? XC Skiing and snowshoeing are some of the best forms of aerobic exercise but if you go on a “Gourmet Ski/Snowshoe 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, snowshoe, and be merry – appetizers, wine, champagne, fondue, entrees, desserts, and more.

Here’s a cross section of the culinary ski and snowshoe events that are upcoming this winter across the country and featured a varied menu of fun and fine cuisine. Most of these events require advance registration.


Eastman Cross Country’s Nordic Nibbles in Grantham, N.H. on Jan. 16 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 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Chocolate Festival at Mt. Washington Valley Ski & Snowshoe Center in Intervale, N.H. on Feb. 27 is an inn-to-inn affair at 10 to 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.

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, N.H. on Feb. 25.

The Sweetheart’s Chocolate Tour at Bretton Woods on Feb. 12 with a self-guided tour to stops for sweets. And enjoy the Sweetheart’s Ski or Snowshoe Tour by candlelight at 7-8 p.m. that evening.


The Upper Peninsula of Michigan has two events in Ironwood that feature cuisine from local restaurants with the 10 km Taste n Tour that ends up in downtown Ironwood on Jan. 15, and the Taste of the Trails on the ABR trails on March 5.


Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colo. hosts the Grand Huts.org Progressive Dinner on Feb. 18 with a five-course meal at three outposts. The tour starts at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and then return to the lodge for live music.

Just Desserts Eat & Ski in the Enchanted Forest in Red River, N.M. on Feb. 26 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 Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 12, and March 5.

Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Mont. has the Glide & Gorge event on March 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. with trail luncheon stationed with appetizers, soups, entrees, desserts from the Ranch’s four-star kitchen. Local brew, wine, music and shuttles included for $40 (preregistered) includes the ski pass.

Crested Butte Nordic Center‘s Progressive Bonfire Dinner in Crested Butte, Colo. on March 19 where you will follow the illuminated trail for a four-star, four-course, 4 kilometer tour of Italian fare. Also the look for the Sunday Brunch at the Yurt reached by a 2 km tour and the Moonlight Tours for Dinner at the Yurt on scheduled dates.

Look for the Galena Lodge in Ketchum, Idaho for these Full Moon Dinners on weekend nights associated with the full moon. You can go ski or snowshoe (half price rental gear offered) and then return to lodge for a four-course dinner at $40 or half price for kids under 12.


Tahoe Cross Country‘s Gourmet Tour in Tahoe City, Calif. on March 13 is a two-hour affair (1 to 3 p.m.) to sample a dozen of Lake Tahoe’s finest north shore restaurants featuring stops for seafood, crab cakes, soup, wine and pasta. And new this year on Jan. 1, ski or snowshoe to the Top of the Lakeview Trail for a hearty breakfast meal.

Cypress Mountain outside of Vancouver, British Columbia has Chocolate Fondue Tours on Saturday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. and daily Snowshoe Chocolate Fondue Tours are organized by pre-registration.

Photo 1: Winter at the Omni Mount Washington Resort

Photo 2: Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Photo 3: Crested Butte Nordic Center

Photo 4: Snowshoers in British Columbia

About the author

Roger Lohr, XCSkiResorts.com

Roger Lohr lives in Lebanon, NH and has published content about snowshoeing, XC skiing, sustainability and more. He loves to cross country ski and snowshoe on trails and in the backcountry, and snowboarding in powder. He owns and edits XCSkiResorts.com and is the cross country skiing and snowshoe editor at SeniorsSkiing.com and SnoCountry.com. He also is the Outdoor Recreation Editor at Green Energy Times and contributes to many other media outlets.

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