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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

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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.

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

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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

Ski road trip time!

In this post, let’s talk about what vegan skiers can do to eat a quick, healthy breakfast without leaving the hotel room.

We just spent a long weekend at Big White Ski Resort.  Thanks to my Visa Rewards, we stayed for free in the White Crystal Inn.

When we arrived on Thursday March 14th, our view looked liked this:

Sunday March 17th we woke up to this:

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Our “standard” room had no kitchen, but it did have a coffee maker, mini fridge, microwave, and toaster.

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For our trip, I packed a couple bins full of the essentials, including a small cutting board and knife.

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We brought a cooler to transport our green leafies, celery, apples, non-dairy milk, nut butter and jam.  I brought our Vitamix blender so we could make green smoothies right in the room.

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Large “beer cups” are handy for smoothies in the morning and apres ski beverages in the evening.

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I brought our toaster, not realizing that the room already had one.

 Eric likes to have toast with his breakfast smoothie.

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I could have brought some oats to make oatmeal in the microwave,

but this time I opted for cold cereal with walnuts, raisins and non-dairy milk.

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Segmented grapefruit is easy to prepare in the room.

I brought my grapefruit knife, some travel bowls and a set of utensils.

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Time to get some untracked powder…

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