If we can afford it, and everyone is adequately dressed warmly, ski trips are some the most fun-filled winter family activities. However, if you are a celiac or are forced to eat gluten-free, staying at a ski resort can be a nightmare. Most food served in mountain lodges include pizza, and anything that requires a bun or a roll.
I did some research on the most popular ski resort sites in the US and to my surprise ski resorts are not very progressive on creating gluten free menus. Vail resorts, including Northstar (Lake Tahoe), Heavenly (Lake Tahoe), Vail (CO), Beaver Creek (CO) and Breckenridge (CO) label all of their Gluten-Free items offered on-mountain.
However, as many know already, on-mountain dining is incredibly expensive. For example, a cheeseburger (just as a reference) is $18 at Vail and Beaver Creek! Therefore, many families including my own, found that we saved over $100/day by packing our lunch from home.
The best gluten-free ski plan starts with waking up a little earlier than normal to make a big breakfast and a hearty sandwich (with Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread of course 😉 for lunch. Additionally, I love to pack 1-3 energy bars (my favorites are Larabar and if I want something really substantial, Promax bars are awesome!) and maybe a Naked/Odwalla juice. A fruit juice is an excellent way to quickly hydrate and replenish your body while on the slopes.
As for eating out for dinner in ski towns, my favorite restaurant reference sites are urbanspoon.com and yelp.com. I cross check the restaurants that receive good yelp/urbanspoon reviews with Zagat ratings, which are now a free since Zagat is owned by Google.
So get out there and enjoy the slopes!
(Above: Me and Mom at Alta, UT)