Top Après-ski Locations in Whistler as voted by our Facebook Fans

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There are so many choices of what you can see and do in Whistler; where to eat and/or drink, which trail to head to on the mountain, and which activities to do. One of the greatest traditions with going to a ski resort is the après-ski events. Après-ski refers to any form of entertainment, nightlife or social events, which adds amusement for resort-goers and provides something to do besides skiing and snowboarding. Since Whistler is a world-class ski destination, we’ve listed the chosen après-ski locations selected by our Facebook fans.

Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille

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Photo Credit: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

Located in the lobby of the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa. The Cinnamon Bear offers a sit down dining area and a casual bar. It’s a bit secluded which means it will be easier to find a seat. New for this season, they have also launched a new menu with comfort food classics featuring ingredients from the region. For the more energetic crowd, every Wednesday throughout the winter season from 2 to 7 p.m., Cinnamon Bear hosts a traditional Swedish After Ski. Stop by for some Swedish glögg, Swedish meatballs, and a Swedish DJ spinning some beats for a great time!

Merlin’s Bar and Grill

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Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler’s Upper Village. Merlin’s offers a home-away-from-home cozy vibe, which is one of the reasons why it’s voted a great place for an après-ski session. The décor in Merlin’s is inspired by a relaxed mountain cabin with a lively vibe of an old-school recreation room free of parents and chaperones. Merlin’s is sure to offer good times with massive plates of nachos and plenty of beer to choose from.

Dusty’s Bar & BBQ

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Step back in time to a legendary place with delicious BBQ. Dusty’s is known to be the original watering hole for skiers and boarders. It is located at the base of the Creekside Gondola. Not only are they known for their lip-smacking BBQ, but also the world’s best Caesar and a legendary après-ski session.

Brandy’s at the Keg

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Brandy’s is located at the Keg in a central location of Whistler Village. It’s known by the locals for having the coldest beverages and the best place to watch a game of any kind with their several screens. You may have a better chance at grabbing a seat here on busy après nights, as the venue isn’t well known as Merlin’s or Dusty’s.

Skiwear through the Decades

This year, Whistler Blackcomb is celebrating not only the recent snowfall and early opening date, but also their 50th anniversary! Whistler first opened to skiers the winter of 1965-66 and has much to show for itself since, including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the world record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola. In the municipality’s 50 years of business, as the sport of skiing and the equipment advanced, so did the apparel. From skin-tight stretchy ski pants and thick wool sweaters to one piece ski suits, the last several decades of ski fashion has seen some outrageous examples of ski apparel.

But have we gotten it right in 2015? Fifty years into the future, there will no doubt be something written about our ski fashion decisions. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to review some of the best skiwear fashion throughout the decades since Whistler’s inception.


The 1960s were a big breakthrough year for skiing fashion. Double-lens ski goggles were invented, wood and metal skis were replaced with epoxy and fibreglass, and the plastic boot was created. Maria Bogner referred to as the ‘Coco Chanel of sports fashion’, brought sexy skiwear to the hills with stretchy slim-fitting ski pants. By the late 1960s, skiwear became high fashion, inspired by the looks as shown on the runway with expensive fabrics, pleasent silhouettes and fancy accents replacing wool sweaters and tweed pants.

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Photo Credit: Shrimpton Couture



The era of disco and long hair brought a whole new wave of fashion trends. By the 1970s, wool was rarely used in ski clothing. Skiwear crossed over t0 streetwear with quilted nylon ski jackets and zip off sleeves. Bold saturated colours were very popular in ski fashion and the accessories consisted of moon boots, aviators, and visors. Despite the various fashion trends, the 70s also brought the advancement of the fleece mid-layer, which is still used today!

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Bring on the neon and ski suits! Who doesn’t love the 80’s? Bright colours, shiny fabrics, and wild styles were some of the characteristics of 80’s ski fashion. The 1980s encouraged skiers to show their personality through their outfits and express individuality. This decade brought the introduction of onesies and overalls. Abstract and animal prints were the “must-have”, along with soft pastels and bright colours.

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Do you wish this decade would come back? The bright colours of the 80s transitioned into loud neon colours of the 90s. What about the frosted tips? If those don’t make a comeback, I don’t know what will! This decade can’t get more fashionable, but don’t worry, the onesies and apparently crop tops continued into the 90s.

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2000’s – Now

Can’t say there have been any crazy outlandish fashion trends over the last 10 years. Gone are the frosted tips, and the bright onesies, and the skin-tight shiny leggings. For this generation, maybe colour blocking separates or something more neutral is within your taste? One thing is for sure about fashion, whether it be on the hills or down in the village, it is a way to let your personality shine through so pick whatever you are comfortable in and get ready to rock it!

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Snow is coming! Excited for Winter?

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If you’ve been paying attention to the media, Facebook, Twitter, or have been watching the Whistler snow cams, then you know there has been a recent dumping of snow on the top of the mountains in Whistler. This past week, Whistler saw 35cm of fresh snow with another 15cm falling over the past weekend. It’s not just Whistler either, even our local North Shore Mountains; Grouse, Seymour, and Cypress have seen snowflakes.

When you hear the forecast for fresh snow, what feelings do you get? Are you like a kid on Christmas morning that can’t wait to run out the door and hit the slopes? Or are you someone who thinks that it’s too good to be true and wait it out to see if the snow sticks around? Or are you one who thinks the snow is pretty, but you’re happier staying inside and keeping warm?

Personally, I am the latter and would rather sit by the fireplace with a hot chocolate and a book than venture outside into the freezing cold. Believe it or not though, I also don’t mind the snow. I still get that gleeful feeling when I look out the window and see fresh snow falling. My first instinct is to grab my phone and take several photos in order to find the perfect post for Instagram. Who doesn’t love a good #snowselfie?

If snapping photos isn’t your thing, there is always the option of starting up the first inaugural snowball fight of the year! I mean let’s not take anybody out, like Buddy the Elf here, but who doesn’t love a little friendly competition?



Though for a lot of people, when there’s word of a possible snowfall the legs start twitching, the skis and boards come out of the closet, and the season passes are purchased. With the early snowfall in Whistler, who doesn’t hear the mountains calling their name? Opening day is only three weeks away after all!

The whisperings of an El Nino winter have been touched on numerous times, but the recent snowfall on the mountains has people growing excited for a potentially great ski season. How are you getting yourself excited about hitting the slopes? I’ve included some helpful hints below to get you ready!

1) Keep an eye on the Whistler snow cams
Since I started writing this post, I’ve checked the Whistler snow report about half a dozen times. Is that a bit excessive? Maybe. How can you not, when it’s full of optimistic forecasts for snowfall and has a great video to get you pumped?!?



2) Find a reason to shop for some new gear
If you’re like me, you’ll find any reason to buy something new. What gives you a better reason to buy new gear than the early snowfall forecast? If you missed the Turkey Sale this past Thanksgiving weekend in Whistler, be sure not to miss it for next year! Over the weekend, tents are set up in the Blackcomb Daylodge selling ski and snowboard equipment at a huge discount! Make sure to have all the necessities including warm under layers, a waterproof jacket, and pants.

3) Research where to visit after the slopes
With the excitement of the ski season also comes the joyous occasion of après-ski. Try to hit up all of the local restaurants and bars before they become overly crowded and once opening day hits you’ll know the best times to go!

Fresh snowfall can bring on many feelings for people. Some can’t stand the thought of snow and run away to Mexico to order a mojito. Others, like myself, get their cameras ready and practice their snowball game, and of course, there are those who can’t wait to strap on skis or a board and hit the slopes!

For whoever you are, just know that winter comes and goes, so embrace it while it lasts and make a snow angel!