Après-ski: S'mores six ways in Truckee

Treat yo' self! Few things are better in the winter than sitting around a fire pit and roasting a marshmallow to sandwich between a couple graham crackers with a piece of chocolate. Throw in a hot toddy or hot chocolate with that fireside s'more and we're really talking. Is anyone else getting hungry just thinking about it? 

But like most après-ski traditions, s'mores aren't limited to just one style. The traditional s'mores recipe calls for a fire-roasted marshmallow and a Hershey's chocolate square sandwiched between two graham crackers. Others, however, replace the Hershey's square with a Reese's peanut butter cup. Still others, like Northstar's Chef Steve Anderson, like getting fancy, wrapping a marshmallow in bacon.

So today it's only fitting to share six different s'mores and s'more traditions in Truckee. Meanwhile, we're going to raid the kitchen and get to s'more-making. 

Complimentary S'more Time in the Village at Northstar. S'more Time is the best time, right? And what's better than Northstar's daily tradition of a complimentary champagne toast atop East Ridge (Blue) for tōst? Well of course complimentary s'mores following it in the Village. And that's what you'll find daily at 3:30 p.m. in the Village at Northstar. This is your classic s'mores, featuring a piece of chocolate and warm marshmallow sandwiched between a couple graham crackers. Just look for Northstar's s'mores chefs (yes, s'mores chefs are totally a thing) roaming the Village. 

Bacon-wrapped S'mores Surprise & Delight. Yes, seriously, bacon-wrapped s'mores. And they are amazing! While most of these s'mores traditions in North Lake Tahoe you can experience daily, these bacon-wrapped s'mores can only be experienced a few times a year at Northstar. Hence the name, Surprise & Delight. A few mornings per year, Northstar's Executive Chef, Steve Anderson, surprises guests at the Big Springs Gondola with bacon-wrapped s'mores until he runs out. Meanwhile, try your hand at a bacon-wrapped s'more and let us know how it turns out. 

S'mornings at Northstar Transit Center. Want some more s'mores? Then look no further than "S'mornings" at the Northstar Transit Center. Arrive early enough for that first chair, and you may be greeted with a classic s'mores to kick-start your day. However, you'll have to be one of the first to arrive for this breakfast s'mores treat.

Marshmology at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. At The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Marshmology is most definitely a thing, and it's serious business. The Ritz even has a resident Marshmologist, providing a hands-on experience every evening for guests around the fire pit for what they call “Art of the S’more." Among his favorite s'mores is a double marshmallow, double chocolate combination (yes, please!). But what about the secret to the perfect s'more? According to The Ritz's Marshmologist (pictured below, from The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe), it's constantly rotating your s'mores stick for a golden brown coating around it, which in turn also prevents burning. He also recommends sticking a small piece of chocolate in the middle of your marshmallow before roasting for a special blend of marshmallow and chocolate. You can see his own homemade marshmallow recipe here

Northstar S'mores Kits. That's right, Northstar S'mores Kits, which you'll find at multiple locations in the Village at Northstar. Each s'mores kit comes with enough handcrafted marshmallows, Hershey chocolate bars, and graham crackers to make eight individual s'mores. Additionally, for a nominal fee you can get a packet of four s'more sticks. Now that's an après-ski upgrade. 

Campfire S'mores, Bar of America. Even the town of Truckee has a strong s'mores game, such as Bar of America, on the main thoroughfare of downtown Truckee, featuring their Campfire S'mores. Bar of America's s'more is your traditional s'more, but unique in that you can enjoy cookin' up s'mores at your table post-dinner or during happy hour. Winner, winner, s'more dinner!

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