Food and drink: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow 

Fussless feeding of your cold, hungry (m)asses

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 raison d’etre . 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.

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