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I don’t have many pictures from the current ski season, so here is a backcountry trip down memory lane…

The time was January 1-2, 2011.
The place was the “Back Bowls” of Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, in Wenatchee, WA.

The weather was bluebird.
The solitude was magical.
The skiing was exceptional.

The snow was our art canvas.
Our Telemark turns were the brush strokes…

DAY ONE – JANUARY 1

Elisa & Mt Stuart - IMG_3204

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DAY TWO – JANUARY 2

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The conditions were a little different when we came “Back” to the bowls this year, Skiing Among Burnt Trees.

Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort

Have you ever been to a typical North American “ski-in, ski-out” village?  Vegan-friendly dining isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

If you look around the village at Big White (and elsewhere), it’s obvious that every restaurant serves up meat, meat, and more meat.  It’s exasperating and depressing.

“Vegetarian” doesn’t necessarily mean “veganizable.”  It’s typically code for cheese, cheese and more cheese.

Vegan skiers, don’t despair.  You can have a perfectly powder-licious ski experience and find some great vegan grub at the same time.  All it takes is a little sleuthing.

Here’s the on-mountain restaurant listing for Big White.

Our trip to Big White was short (3 days).  If we stayed longer, there are other places we would also try.  Next time!

Check out where we did eat (and drink!)…

BEANO’S COFFEE PARLOUR

Beano's Coffee Parlour - IMG_2124

Beano's Coffee Parlour - IMG_2123

Soy Latte

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Glen Plake?

LOTUS LOUNGE – THAI CUISINE

(Don’t forget to request “no fish sauce” when dining at Thai restaurants.
Expect the food to be spicy, so speak up if you want the heat turned down.)

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Vegetable Thai Spring Rolls:
Mixed Vegetables in a vermicelli wrap, fried golden, served with sweet and sour plum and tamarind sauce.

Vegetable Thai Spring Rolls - IMG_2081

Thai Yellow Curry:
Thai yellow curry in coconut milk with potato, onion, carrots and pineapple
(add tofu)

Thai Yellow Curry with Tofu - IMG_2082

Black Bean Tofu:
Tofu with bean sprouts, garlic and fresh chilies in a black bean sauce

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Steamed Rice

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SANTÉ BAR – APRÈS-SKI

Dirty Pickle:
Muddled cucumber, lime, black pepper, gin and soda

Sante Bar Apres Ski

I (unintentionally) had a green drink theme going on for St Patrick’s Day weekend.

 The steamed edamame was green, too.  And it was addicting!

Naughty Panda & Steamed Edamame

Superstein Saturday

Eric with his Superstein

Elisa

UNDERGROUND PIZZA

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Veggie Pizza, no cheese (substitute extra sauce and another topping for the cheese)

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For tips on eating vegan breakfast in your hotel room, see the previous post, “Ski Breakfast & Morning Powder.”

White Crystal Inn at Big White

White Crystal Inn at Big White

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