Learning to ski or snowboard at an early age is the perfect way to help young children instill a love for winter. Exploring the slopes helps kids build self-confidence, meet new friends and develop a lifelong affinity for the outdoors.
My kids love skiing so much that sometimes I can’t get them to stop for lunch. My older son in particular has been known to eat a PB&J and some carrot sticks in the lift line rather than head indoors for something hot.
This means that by the end of the day, they are usually ready for a substantial snack, and not necessarily anything too healthy thank you very much. Waffles are a perennial favorite, which means when we arrived at Sugarbush Resort over the New Year’s holiday in 2015 they immediately noticed that the Waffle Cabin (a chain with outposts at many resorts we’ve visited including Stowe and Okemo) at the Lincoln Peak base had been replaced with a new outfit called The Wâfel Shack.
They started planning their après-ski snack at 8:30 a.m.
When we finished up for the day, the line was considerable and I tried suggesting that we find another place to satisfy both their hunger and their sweet tooth (sweet teeth?) but they were not to be deterred.
And I’ll admit, I didn’t blame them when I saw that one of the topping options was candied bacon.
Sadly, the bacon had been decimated by other hungry skiers by the time the boys made it to the window to place their order (I had abandoned them at this point, off in search myself of my post-skiing beer at the Castlerock Pub). But they didn’t do too badly. Nine-year-old Teddy satisfied himself with the day’s special: A S’mores waffle complete with house-made marshmallows.
Twelve-year-old Tommy has a more sophisticated palate and settled for a slather of Nutella covered with a big gob of fresh whipped cream.
Sugarbush Resort also has another new dining concession at the base. The popular Burlington restaurant The Skinny Pancake has opened an outpost in the bottom floor of the Farmhouse at Lincoln Peak (this is the main building where the rental and repair shop is located). My family hasn’t tried it yet, but we love the gourmet filled crepes at the original location. And while you can find sweet stuff here as well, you’ll also find plenty that’s savory along with the sweet including breakfast crepes filled with bacon and eggs.
Want more tips? Get all the ins and outs of skiing at Sugarbush Resort and see my full review of their ski lesson programs for kids.