Food for Ski Touring Hut Tripping


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 1, 2018      
The photo makes anyone wish they dined at Kokanee Glacier Cabin every night.

The photo makes anyone wish they dined at Kokanee Glacier Cabin every night.

Stating the obvious but I’ll do it anyway: backcountry travelers enjoy eating. Sometimes in bigger then normal portions after many miles trail breaking in knee deep pow, or when the weather outside won’t cooperate and there isn’t much left to do except for, well, eat.

A few weeks back, Louie and I went to on our first heli supported trip. Destination: Kokanee Glacier Cabin with thirteen wonderful humans. Skiing was the one component of the trip we weren’t worried about — we’ve gone on plenty of ski adventures. With that said, having a heli with a 100 pound weight limit brought a new set of possibilities. One luxury: the opportunity to really go all-out with food and drinks.

Who doesn’t like eating? Roar!

Who doesn’t like eating? Roar!

The way we organized meals: two people were responsible for cooking breakfast and dinner on a given day. The group provided lunch food and everyone was welcome to bring anything else they’d like. It worked spectacularly well. Each couple picked a day. For us it was Monday — two days after we arrived at the hut.

Our hut trip organizer encouraged us not to hold back. I won’t lie, I was worried. I’ve never fed a group of people that big, that active, and that far away from civilization — with absolutely no ability to “run to the store” for that one forgotten thing. Portion estimation was the most difficult part: finding the perfect balance of not bringing too little or too much.

It is important to accommodate dietary restrictions: in our case we had two individuals with dairy intolerance and three hutsters who did not respond well to spicy food.

For breakfast we landed on French Toast. The day we left to go to Canada, I visited our local bakery in North Bend and purchased four loaves of their heavenly cinnamon apple bread.

Cinnamon Apple French Toast With Berries
4 loaves of bread (15 slices each, estimating about 3 slices per person)
12 eggs
½ liter of whole milk
½ liter of almond milk
1 cup of syrup
1 can of whipped cream
1 large bag of frozen raspberries
1 large bag of frozen blackberries and blueberries

The recipe for success with French Toast is simple: mix egg and milk, fry until greatness. We did two batches, one with whole milk and one with almond milk. In retrospect, we should have brought a bit more milk since we ran out towards the end. We heated the berries in a pot, making a warm compote to use as yummy sauce.

We ended up having leftover berries, which we later used for a berry crumble. Mmm, delicious.

For dinner we knew we had to do a heartier, more nutritious and filling meal. After bouncing a few ideas around, Green Curry Chicken was the winner.

Green Curry Chicken
8 cups of rice (1/2 cup per person, with a bit extra)
8 green peppers
6 zucchinis (very size dependent, these were similar to cucumber size)
6 large avocados (1/4 of avocado per person + a bit extra)
8 pounds of chicken (1/2 pound per person)
4 cans of coconut milk
1 small can of green curry paste
1 bag of fresh spinach

Our meal was the exact right amount for 15 people providing one large portion each and about six more portions for those who wanted seconds. The one thing I wish I would have brought is another can of curry paste. The flavor of our dish was good but having another can would have been a safe bet.

Pre-dinner fun and games.

Pre-dinner fun and games.

Bird's view of kitchen and dining area, the coziest ever.

Bird’s view of kitchen and dining area, the coziest ever.

An important consideration is storage. Most of the food we brought didn’t require constant refrigeration, except for the raw chicken. We opted for freezing the chicken at home and then transporting it to Nelson, BC in a cooler with ice. We spent one night in Nelson, where we placed the chicken back into a freezer. During transportation from Nelson to the hut, we packed the chicken with the other cold foods in a cardboard box.

 We feasted on delicious pow as well.

We feasted on delicious pow as well.

The Kokanee Glacier Cabin has food storage lockers outside. During our trip it was cold enough that they acted as freezers which made for well-preserved chicken, and light pow! That worked well, as the chicken never thawed out until we put it out the day of cooking dinner. If you are visiting Kokanee later in the year when it is warmer outside, freezing possibilities might be limited.

During our week at the hut, we feasted every night, pleasing our hungry tummies with exquisite meals. I really appreciate the effort everyone devoted to preparing an exceptional meal; our crew was fueled, content and ready to break miles of untouched skintrack.

Sneak peak of what a Thanksgiving meal in the mountains looks like.

Sneak peak of what a Thanksgiving meal in the mountains looks like.

More meal inspirations from our trip:

Breakfast

  • Pancakes
  • Bacon and egg sandwiches
  • Breakfast burritos
  • Broccoli and sausage quiche
  • Cinnamon roll goodness
  • Dinner

  • Thanksgiving turkey and sides
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Tuna fish tacos
  • Chili
  • Tofu peanut noodle
  • Lightly fried and then baked chicken and beef with rice and broccoli
  • The crew with a ridiculous number of goggle tans.

    The crew with a ridiculous number of goggle tans.

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    Comments

    8 Responses to “Food for Ski Touring Hut Tripping”

    1. Nash May 1st, 2018 1:53 pm

      Georgia’s bakery really does have the best cinnamon raisin/apple bread in the world. I hate to admit that I eat more of it than I probably should. Will have to try it with french toast next time!

    2. Jack May 1st, 2018 5:04 pm

      Lots of North Bend locals reading Wildsnow! Georgia’s Breakfast pie is pretty good too. Hard to beat hash browns and cheese. 🙂 before hitting the tracks. I would have cooked solo for 2 days for an invite!

    3. Charlie Hagedorn May 1st, 2018 7:34 pm

      Seattleite here: That bakery is awesome. Lots of power calories in every bite.

    4. afox May 2nd, 2018 9:02 am

      Great article! My technique for planning group meals, especially when weight matters and of course cost always matters is to estimate the number of calories per person per meal. Its easier than it sounds and a lot of the online recipe websites actually give you the number of calories per serving so if you want 800 calories for dinner you can easily adjust the number of servings till you get an adequate number of calories per person, then the website gives you an ingredient list. We found that using the number of calories is’nt perfect (you cant predict how hungry people will be) but it does give you a better ballpark estimate for amount of food vs just eyeballing it.

    5. Jim Pace May 2nd, 2018 3:08 pm

      For the not so great cooks out there:

      Costco has some great pre-made meals that

      – pack easily on the chopper
      – are easy to heat up and clean up
      – tasty, really! The chicken and broccoli one is my favorite.

      Don’t forget the appetizers and desert, all conveniently prepared and bagged. Make the good cooks happy with single malt and good beer.

    6. Lisa Dawson May 2nd, 2018 3:54 pm

      All this is making me hungry!

    7. bill May 3rd, 2018 7:37 am

      Makes me hungry and jealous!!!

    8. Patrick May 3rd, 2018 10:23 am

      Kokanee chateau (not really and hut or cabin). Very spacious kitchen, boot and drying room, etc. Many fine memories. Some of my fond memories go back to staying in the Slocan Chief hut.
      Calories are important, but flavour, creativity, and meal coordination are more so. I recall a trip where a guy heated up a big batch of macaroni and cheese he’d put together at home. Ketchup on the side. The next night, with another guy taking his turn, folks were served a concoction of macaroni, canned tuna, and cheese. Yes, one can low-ball, but hey, instead why not treat your friends.
      Julia — I like the way you coordinated cooking duties. YES to ‘go all out’ when it’s your turn to cook. You’re just cooking 2 meals. The rest of the time others are taking care of that, and you’re their guests. I’ve found some of the Australian box wines can be ok, affordable, and convenient for hut trips.
      Dinner leftovers can make great lunches for the cooks who over-achieved the night before.





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