Ski trip on the horizon? Take along a Ski Hill Charcuterie board for a cost-effective and delicious way to fuel up in between runs!
One of my favorite winter activities is — surprise — skiing in Colorado! But it’s quite an expensive hobby, and high prices extend well into the food on the slopes.
A few trips ago, I was inspired by a family snacking on baggies of cheese and crackers. It was at that moment that I committed to thinking ahead in the hunger department for all future trips! Now, I take little portable ski hill charcuterie boards with me each time I go. It fuels the body and saves some bucks (plus, who doesn’t want to be the friend who breaks out cheese and crackers for the group to share?)
A ski hill charcuterie board is like your standard spread of finger foods (like this vegetarian snack board). The difference, however, is that all of the snacks are non-perishable and crush-proof! This makes it the perfect take-along meal for any ski trip or adventurous outline like hiking, camping, etc.
I am in full-blown winter mode, so expect ski-themed recipes for the next two weeks! These ideas are great for taking with you on the slopes or enjoying after a long day of your favorite outdoor activity.
What Goes On A Ski Hill Cheese Board?
This ski hill charcuterie board is, like mentioned above, made up of non-perishable and crush-proof bites. In this case, the snacks of choice include cheese, crackers (the magic is in how you store ’em), dried fruit, nuts, olives, and even a few mini bottles of wine.
First up, we have the cheese! In my experience, prepackaged seems to last longer out of the fridge than fresh. It’s easier to pack and can be stored in its original packaging, or you can slice it ahead of time and keep it in baggies. I like to bring a variety of flavors like sharp cheddar, mozzarella sticks, and creamy edam.
When it comes to the crackers, options like Wheat Thins or Ritz are always great. To prevent them from getting crushed, store them in an empty Pringles can! This is the perfect lightweight and sturdy option. You can of course bring along the chips too!
I prefer crackers over bread because bread can 1) get stale quickly and 2) is guaranteed to get squashed.
Lastly, we have the extras! This includes all of the supplemental goodies like nuts, dried fruit, etc.
Nuts: I love to take nuts along because they’re a great source of healthy fat. This helps to keep you feeling full for longer! Almonds, pistachios, peanuts, and cashews are all great. And while we’re on the topic of nuts, you could even take along your favorite nut butter for enjoying with the crackers! In this case, the prepackaged kind will be great (like Barney Smooth Almond Butter packets) so you don’t have to take the entire jar.
Dried Fruit: Next up is dried fruit! While normal cheese boards have fresh fruit, dry will work best for an on-the-go board like this. It’s shelf-stable and doesn’t require refrigeration! Dates are easy and sweet little energy bombs. Dried apples, cherries, cranberries, and raisins are also great options!
Olives: Add a bit of variety to the board by including olives! This may seem questionable for a portable board, but olives actually hold up well and can go without refrigeration for a while.
Wine: Last but not least, taking along a few mini bottles of your favorite wine is a must. In fact, it’s not a complete charcuterie experience without it! Aim for the plastic bottles, which will be more lightweight and less breakable.
Ski Hill Charcuterie Tips
While I don’t actually bring the wooden board with me, I take baggies of everything and set them all out for the friend group to enjoy. This is one of our favorite ways to fuel up between sessions!
If you want to expand on your selection, some additional charcuterie board ideas that you could pack include:
- Salty: Crunchy chickpeas, popcorn, rice puffs, pretzels
- Hearty: Granola bars, rice cakes, trail mix
- Sweet: Homemade energy bites, chocolate covered nuts, applesauce