Whitewater head chef Amanda Skidmore and sous chef Jeff Bruce stand in front of the new Whitewater food truck located at 602 Lake Street in Nelson.

Whitewater head chef Amanda Skidmore and sous chef Jeff Bruce stand in front of the new Whitewater food truck located at 602 Lake Street in Nelson.

Whitewater food truck open for business

Parked in front of the ski resort's downtown office at 602 Lake Street, the truck serves menu items previously only available at the hill.

Whitewater’s new food truck served its first customers today.

Parked in front of the ski resort’s downtown office at 602 Lake Street, the Fresh Tracks Cafe Express features menu items previously only available in the Whitewater lodge.

“We’re excited to have more of a presence in Nelson with the food truck,” said marketing and operations general manager Anne Pigeon.

The food truck will be serving up grub at the Lake Street location until November 4, when it’s moved to its winter home at the base of the Glory chairlift up at the ski hill, offing a new food option for skiers on the backside of the mountain.

After ski season, the truck will return to Nelson and is likely to be a common sight at festivals and events next year.

“What’s so cool is we can just drive it anywhere, so we can be part of community events, as well as private events,” Pigeon said, noting the truck can be booked to catering at events and weddings.

Inside, the 42-foot truck is a fully equipped mini-kitchen with deep fryer, oven, grill, cook top, three sinks, counter space, freezer and refrigerator and, of course, an espresso machine to roast up Oso Negro coffee.

It was custom built for Whitewater in California and was driven the 1,600 miles to its new home by a member of the Whitewater staff.

“It was a crazy adventure to get the truck here,” Pigeon laughed. “She [the truck] has seen a lot of interesting scenery.”

Whitewater is holding its annual sidewalk sale September 29 and 30, at its office at 602 Lake Street. Equipment and clothing will be on sale and coaches from the Freeride ski team will be available to talk about that program. The Fresh Tracks Cafe Express food truck will cater the event.

Sunday, September 30 is the last day to buy a Whitewater season pass at the early bird price.