27 Delicous Ski Breakfasts To Fuel Your Day

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If you’ve got a day of skiing planned, what you eat matters A LOT! A bowl of cereal, donut, or slice of toast isn’t going to be enough to fuel you the way that your body needs. That’s why we’re sharing our favorite ski breakfast recipes to help you get your day started off RIGHT!

If you’re planning on skiing for a full day, don’t be surprised if your body needs over 3,000 calories to keep up with your activity level. Skiing is the ultimate HIIT workout…with a 5-7 minute lift ride “rest session” between each interval, repeated from 9am until 4pm. Not only that, when you ski, your body uses different muscles than you do in everyday life. Long story short? If you don’t give your body the best FUEL for skiing, your performance and energy will suffer.

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What Should I Eat For Breakfast Before Skiing?

There are several different factors that can make skiing hard on your body. The altitude increases your metabolic rate, and causes extra strain on your body. Here are our top tips for what to eat before skiing:

A combination of fats and protein slows down the release of energy so you can go LONGER.
Whole grains over white, since they release energy slower.
Minimal fruits and sugar to avoid a sugar spike. Remember to keep things in moderation!

Remember, you want a good protein source combined with a slow-burning carb source.

Also make sure to check out our ideas for great ski lunches
and delicious apres-ski dinners.

Easiest Ski Breakfast Ideas

While we enjoy a full breakfast sometimes, the reality is that we can’t do that daily. Here are some of our go-to ski breakfasts that are easy to prepare and quick to eat:

  • Oatmeal with peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon.
  • Whole wheat toast with scrambled eggs and a side of avocado.
  • Peanut butter and banana rolled in a whole wheat tortilla (perfect for kids on the go).

We almost always pair these with a pre-workout protein shake. We can feel how these fuel our body and the kids think they’re getting some nice thick chocolate milk for breakfast!

Best Ski Breakfasts For Kids

easy ski breakfast ideas

We’ve included some of the best ski breakfasts below, but finding the best ski breakfast for kids can sometimes be a little bit tricky. When picking a pre ski breakfast for kids, the most important thing is that it’s something they’ll actually EAT! If you have picky eaters, look for ways to substitute healthy ingredients for their go-to favorites.

Maybe instead of regular pancakes, you make them Kodiak cakes with added milk and eggs for protein, and top them with yogurt and fruit instead of syrup. A few of my kids aren’t oatmeal lovers, but if I stir in a few chocolate chips into their bowl, they’ll eat the whole thing up (and it doesn’t add too much sugar either).

Whatever ski breakfast for kids you choose, make sure that your kids get FULL, or you’ll probably end up with tired, grouchy kids a few hours later. If your kids get hungry easily, throw a couple of these in their pocket to eat when their energy levels are getting low (these are HANDS DOWN my kids favorite!).

Girl With Cliff Bar
Our kids favorite bars to eat between meals on the ski hill

Ski Breakfast Sandwiches

Every skier needs a few good breakfast sandwich recipes for skiing. We love breakfast sandwiches to eat on the way up to the ski hill and keep up full all morning. Make sure to make your grains whole wheat for maximum energy!

Ski Breakfasts, Oatmeals

Oatmeal before skiing is my all time FAVORITE! No, not the mush that grandma used to make, I'm talking SUPER FILLING and DELICIOUS oats. Check out these great oatmeal recipes that will make you fall in love with oats for a ski breakfast!

Ski Breakfast Casseroles

Ski Casseroles for breakfast are one of our family favorites before we hit the mountain when we're skiing with a crowd. They're easy to prep in advance and let cook while everyone is getting their ski gear for the day ready. Best of all, they're usually full of energy packed nutrition that even keep our teen full until lunch!

Breakfast Cookies For Skiing

Ski breakfast cookies may not have all the nutrition that you need to fuel your ski day, but they're a great place to start. We love these for fast mornings when you need a grab and go ski breakfast, and they're perfect because you can make a batch in advance. Pair these with a protein shake to fuel your mornings. These ski breakfast cookies are also perfect for kids who are picky eaters!

Written by Jessica Averett

Hi, I'm Jessica! After meeting my husband on a chairlift, we now live in the mountains of Utah with our 5 kids. As a former ski instructor and mom, I'm here to help you make your family ski trips as easy, and FUN, as possible!