Not sure if it's a "trick" or not: But I go to costco at the beginning of the season and buy boxes of granola bars and sport drinks. They make good breakfasts and after boarding snacks.
Also I usually take a bar and some beef jerky on the hill with me. The less time I spend sitting in the lodge, the better!
As for actually being on the hill, it's better to be there 15 mins early, park close, get on near first chair, and enjoy the hill while it's fresh. The alternative is showing up at 9:30, having to park in the nose bleeds, and having to wait in line for a chair to ride snow that somebody else already tracked.
Early bird gets the worm!