The mountains are frosted white
— nearly two feet of snow in the past week and that’s bound to be topped
up by the time you read this — and skiers and riders are pumped with the
opening of Whistler Mountain yesterday and Blackcomb today.
Sure, we all know there is The B.S.
(Before Skiing) of Whistler, as the local museum video reminds us —
namely that skiing, and the other “s” sport, snowboarding, aren’t the be all
and end all of the resort. But on a chilled day like today, it hits deep in
your bones that they are its
. And with the Peak 2 Peak Gondola about to swing into action, the
concept is only heightened.
So how do you feed your weary self
after a day on the slopes?
I sometimes wonder what Joe Houssian
would eat when he gets home all knackered. Or Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise —
but, hey, those guys have room service.
And sure, you can stop for a Subway
sub or a Sushi Village special on the way home, but sometimes you just want to
go home, if you know what I mean. So if you’re tired of nuking leftovers or
slicing weenies into Kraft dinner, and a homebody of a roommate who loves to
cook or a good-natured mom who lives up the street aren’t viable options, then
you’ve got to get creative.
Crock-Pots — remember those
things from the ’70s? — or slow cookers, if you’re into the non-brand
thing, are making a comeback. Think of them as a perfect surrogate mom who
doesn’t ask any embarrassing questions but has a great hot meal on stand-by the
minute you walk in the door.
You can pick up a decent new one for
$50 or less; Value Village carries the original oovy-groovy retro models for
less than half that price.
Go for one with at least two timing
options — on high for 2-3 hours means, what, a few quick runs? Or low for
7-8 hours gives you a full day swooshing and carving.
Even though they’re always touted as
being “energy efficient”, the jury is still out on just how much of an energy
saver they are. One study puts a Crock-Pot’s low setting for 7-8 hours on
energy par with an hour’s worth of oven use. Another says they are more
efficient than using a stove.