Skier X racer Biche Rudigoz offers an interesting opportunity on his website: to watch him eat.
"As you might imagine, if you work out like a horse, you end up eating like one in order to perform at your peak," he writes. "I take in several thousand calories a day of the human equivalent of highly organic hay. Anytime you want to join me for a meal and just sit back and watch, please let me know."
So far, he says, nobody's taken him up on it.
Rudigoz says he eats up to 5,000 calories per day. In the morning, he eats five eggs, some potatoes and some meat. Then there's the big lunch and the big dinner. "I'm a steak and potatoes guy," he says.
We asked other Winter X athletes what fuels them for top performance. Some are calculating in their diets, some just consume.
Sammy Carlson, Skiing Slopestyle and Big Air
Favorite food: Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl with Broccoli, which he makes himself. "I make it good. It's all about the sauce…and not cooking it too long."
Nutrition strategy: "More vegetables, less candy. I feel a lot better and more energetic." Tries to eat a lot of protein, fruits and really likes broccoli. "I definitely eat a lot of fruit: some days it's a half of a pineapple, a banana, an apple and some oranges."
A day's worth of food: Bowl of Crispix cereal for breakfast, a turkey sandwich for lunch (time permitting) and then a big dinner of chicken, rice and broccoli.
Not on the menu: candy. He had a reputation for eating a lot of candy, "but that was when I was way younger." Still sneaks a bit in because, "A little candy won't hurt anyone." Weaknesses are for fruit snacks and Reese's Pieces. Night before events: "I'll try to eat a good dinner with a lot of protein."
Event-day diet: "I try to eat the minimum so I feel really light. I don't eat as much during competition weeks for sure, maybe because I'm so focused."
Dan Ebert, SnoCross
Favorite food: "It's pretty tough to beat a steak and mashed potatoes, or fettuccini Alfredo."
Nutrition strategy: He listens to his brother, Les, who is a strength and conditioning coach on a Roush Fenway NASCAR team. "He tells me that I can eat what I want, but it has to be balanced and from every food group." He also drinks a lot of water and Gatorade. "I want to maintain a healthy body, and the body needs everything. Eat light and eat often."
A day's worth of food: A bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast. For lunch, a 6-inch sub with fruit (instead of chips) and water. For dinner it's meat, potatoes and salad. "When you travel, it makes it tough to eat what you want."
Not on the menu: high-caffeine drinks, energy drinks or pop. He also limits the sweets and doesn't drink alcohol during the race season.
Night before events: "I try to have a good, hearty meal like meat and potatoes or pasta because I don't eat a lot on race day."
Event-day diet: "I'm super careful about what I eat because I have a soft stomach. I feel the nerves." He tries to have a good breakfast, which could include toast, cereal, fruit, a waffle or a hard-boiled egg. During the day he may nurse a bowl of chicken noodle soup for several hours or have a half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Joanie Anderson, Snowboarder X
Favorite food: Sushi, particularly yellow tail, salmon and tuna.
Nutrition strategy: "I try to choose healthy options and eat mostly vegetarian." Anderson also eats organic when she can. She has seen a nutritionist and did some panel testingshe found out she was anemic and began to eat more iron, including some red meat. "I don't drink any crazy protein drinks or a ton of supplements, but I'll have a recovery drink after training."
A day's worth of food: Eats steel-cut oatmeal with fruit and flaxseed for breakfast. Other meals could include a salad, legumes or tuna. She eats a lot of sushi, chicken and some red meat, but not pork. As for volume, "It's a moderate-sized plate; so not a ton."
Not on the menu: No dairy because she doesn't like it.
Night before events: "My mom comes out to [W]X Games, so it's always a good dinner like stew or a pasta."
Event-day diet: "I'll usually get up early and will eat granola with a little fruit and some Emergen-C." She puts a PowerBar in her pocket for a snack. "And then I drink a lot of water, especially at altitude."
Heath Frisby, Snowmobile Freestyle, Best Trick and Knock Out
Favorite food: "Something my mom makes, like her chicken noodle soup. She makes her own noodles. It will blow your face right off, it's so good."
Nutrition strategy: Three meals a day. "I eat what I want whenever I want. I ride every single day, so I'm burning my fat off." He buys much of his food prepared, because, "I'm not much of a cook."
A day's worth of food: Starts with a large breakfast burrito from a local restaurant. "If I'm even hungry after the burrito, I'll make a sandwich for lunch." Dinner varies, but he really likes sushi.
Not on the menu: Pop in the months building up to Winter X, and he also tries to stay away from alcohol. "You can tell if you've been screwing off," he says of the forbidden drinks.
Night before events: Nothing special.
Event-day diet: "I'll have a lot of bananas; they're really good for potassium. I'll have a few snacks, but I don't eat much because I don't want to feel like a slug."
Megan Olenick, Skiing Slopestyle
Favorite food: "I love Mexican food."
Nutrition strategy: "We try to buy all organic vegetables."
A day's worth of food: A bowl of Shredded Oats, a granola bar on the hill, a salad or a sandwich off the hill. "For dinner, we have a family dinner. Maybe some chicken, some rice and a salad. I usually have one helping."
Not on the menu: Chips, junk food and ice cream. "I crave ice cream all of the time."
Night before events: Nothing special.
Event-day diet: Similar to every day, but may try a bigger breakfast.
Erik Corbett, Mono Skier X
Favorite food: Ice cream. "I tell my parents that's all I want for my birthday. If I had my way, I'd eat it all the time."
Nutrition strategy: It doesn't vary from his off-season. A day's worth of food: "The only constant is breakfast," which is two bowls of Corn Flakes and coffee. May or may not eat lunch. "One of my part-time jobs is at a seafood restaurant, so I eat a lot of clam chowder for dinner." As for serving size, "It's probably more than one, by FDA standards."
Not on the menu: No fried food or junk food, and he avoids the ice cream aisle at the supermarket.
Night before events: "Nothing special for ski racing, but when I did road racing or cycling, I'd go for more carbohydrates."
Event-day diet: "Whatever they have in the athlete lounge."