Grocery Shopping & Meal Planning Tips for Your Next Keystone Ski Vacation

The great thing about renting a condo versus a hotel room is all of the extra space and typically, access to a full kitchen.  Preparing meals at your condo instead of eating out for every meal can make a huge difference in your vacation budget and save you a ton of money. It is also a good way to choose healthy meal options. But it does require some planning, maybe you still want to dine out a night or two or have an early apres happy hour / dinner, but you know you will want some snacks, lunches and dinners at the condo. So how do you shop for groceries while you’re on a ski vacation?

If you are arriving by shuttle, grocery shopping can be especially challenging. The closest large grocery store to Keystone is City Market in Dillon which is 7 miles from the resort. In Keystone, there are a few options for your basic necessities like bread, eggs, milk, granola bars etc. One great option is to stop at the Gateway Grocers here in the Gateway Lodge, the same building as the SummitCove check-in office. When you stop to check-in, you can easily pop in and grab some snacks, milk, beer, and more.  In River Run Village, there is the Rockin’ R Ranch located next to the Zuma Roadhouse, at the base of Arapahoe Lodge. This mini grocery store will get you by if you plan on going out to eat most nights. Over in West Keystone, there is a little gas station with Keystone Grocers inside. This store has a few more options than Rockin’ R Ranch but is also not a full grocery store. Keystone Grocers also has a liquor store in the building as well.

Here in the high country, you should try to buy beer, wine and liquor at a liquor store. The gas stations and grocery stores only sell beer that is 3.2% alcohol, Colorado State Law. Remember though, altitude affects your blood alcohol content. If you normally drink 2 beers and feel okay, that might not be the case at 9,000+ feet. Please drink responsibly!

Another option if you are arriving by shuttle or want to avoid the grocery store lines is to plan for Peak Provisions to deliver your groceries to you! They have a long list of options on their website with snacks, entrees, bakery items, meat and seafood to choose from. They also offer prepared meals if you don’t want to ‘cook’ but still want to eat in your condo, all you have to do is pop it in the oven when you are ready. The best part is that they deliver directly to you, you can arrange for it to be delivered to your condo before you even arrive in Keystone. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

If you are renting a car or driving your own, we recommend stopping at City Market in Dillon on your way into town. They have all of the comforts you would expect at your home grocery store and at great prices too! It’s not a long drive back to town, but if it is snowy the roads can be bad and stopping before you get here is your best option.  There is also a Natural Grocers and Target in Silverthorne for additional shopping options.  Plan out your trip ahead of time and decide how many meals you want to eat out and go from there.

Ok, so maybe now you feel comfortable about where to shop, but now you have to decide what to shop for.

Lift Ride/On-Mountain Snacks:

  • Granola bars
  • String cheese or wax-wrapped cheese snacks
  • Beef jerky
  • Trail mix
  • Fruit snacks
  • Clementines
  • Yogurt-covered raisins or pretzels
  • Baby Ruth, Snickers, or other nut-based candy bars

For meal planning, think about buying items that can be used in multiple meals and get creative to avoid waste and leftover food at the end of your trip.  For example, have beef tacos for dinner and then use the leftover meat, cheese and peppers in a breakfast burrito the next morning. This will save you on cooking time in the morning too, or you can even prepare them the night before and microwave them in the morning. Leftover eggs? Why not have breakfast for dinner with blueberry pancakes and bacon!

Each full kitchen in a SummitCove condo is stocked with all the amenities you need for cooking your favorite meals including pots, pans, dishes, silverware and utensils. All of our condos are stocked with salt and pepper, but you may want to buy or bring a few other spices and olive oil for cooking. For breakfast, eggs are always a great choice, a full serving of protein and very filling to get you through the morning. Oatmeal, bagels, or yogurt and granola are also great, easy breakfast ideas. For lunch, if you’re not eating out on the mountain you might want to pack a bagged lunch to keep in a locker at the base, or maybe just go back to your condo for a quick lunch break, depending how close your condo is. Peanut butter and jelly is an easy and quick go to. Or maybe get some deli meats and cheese to make a quick cold cut sandwich. Some good snacks are hummus and veggies, apples, bananas, and crackers with cheese. For dinner, quick and easy meals are the best, since you will most likely have worked up quite an appetite on the slopes. Many of our properties are stocked with a crock pot and we would be happy to loan you one if it does not. This way you can put something together in the morning, let it cook all day and come back to a hot dinner that is ready to go. Think about preparing a delicious chili with sour cream, cheese and dipping bread or a yummy pot roast and potatoes meal.

These are just a few ideas to get you started and make you feel confident that eating meals on a ski vacation can be easy and save you money. If you arriving by shuttle make sure to plan ahead of time and check out the Peak Provisions website. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions!  Don’t forget your reusable cloth grocery bags!

Written By: Chelsea Gribbin

Ski Vacation Condo Meals: Chicken Pot Pie

I have always loved a good pot pie. Not only are they hearty and delicious but they are also pretty easy to make. I have experimented with a few recipes and I have added a few extra items to my Chicken Pot Pie recipe. This is a great meal to pull out of the oven after a day on the slopes!

Ingredients:

– ⅓ cup butter
– ½ onion, chopped
– ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
– ½ teaspoon salt
– ¼ teaspoon plus dash of pepper
– 1 ¾ cup chicken broth from boiled chicken
– ½ cup milk
– 2 cups of chicken (chopped or shredded)
– 1 small potato peeled and cubed (small cubes)
– 2 cups frozen veggies thawed (I just buy a bag of mixed veggies with corn, peas, green beans and carrots)
– 1 box Pillsbury pie crusts (2 crusts included)

  1. Heat oven to 425*F.

  2. Place chicken in water in a 2-quart pot with the dash of pepper. Boil chicken until cooked all the way through. Remove chicken from water and cube. Save 1 ¾ cups from chicken broth for pot pie.

  3. Place one pie crust in the bottom of an ungreased 9inch pie plate. Press the crust into the plate in all the corners.

  4. In a seperate 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently until tender. Add peeled and cubed potato. Stir in flour, salt and the remainder of the pepper until well blended. Gradually stir in broth and milk, cooking and stirring until bubbly and thick. Stir in chicken and mixed vegetables. Remove from heat. Spoon into crust-lined pie plate.

  5. Roll the second pie crust out on top. Pinch the top and bottom pie crusts together and trim as needed.

  6. Bake 30-40 minutes or until the crust is goldeny delicious brown.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have! I adapted it from a Betty Crocker recipe and it’s been an amazing dinner when I am super hungry after a good day riding the slopes or hiking around the area. It serves 4 to 6 people, depending on if you have hungry teenage boys or if you have some great sides like a fruit salad or a side salad to compliment.  Think about prepping it ahead of time and then just popping it in the oven when you get back to the condo and dinner will be ready by the time everyone gets their gear off!

Bon Appetit!
Written By: Amy Drees