Southern Agenda

The Waffle Truth

The heady smell of freshly baked Belgian waffles emanates from a tiny log cabin at the top of Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s Ballhooter lift, luring skiers and snowboarders with the promise of a warm, buttery treat. The handheld waffles at Waffle Cabin’s two West Virginia locations showcase a pearl-sugar crunchy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, drizzled with semisweet Belgian chocolate. Peter Creyf, a native of Belgium, first brought his made-to-order Liège-style waffles to Boston in 1998, using cast-iron waffle makers and real butter. When the West Virginia transplants and snow-sport enthusiasts Jen Shannon and Gordon McHugh got wind of the waffles at a trade show, they sensed opportunity. “The smell was irresistible, and the taste was even better,” Shannon says, “and then when I heard about the ski-up, grab-and-go concept, I thought, Who wouldn’t want this on their ski vacation?” Now the couple serves the portable snacks all season (through March 26) at nearly 4,800 feet atop Snowshoe and at a more approachable Silver Creek slope-side spot.