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Our Favourite Après Ski Spots in Whistler

With the holidays over and the snow covering the local mountains, everyone is heading up to the ski slopes to take in the winter wonderland that is Whistler. As BC’s largest ski resort, Whistler is also home to a vibrant après ski culture, which has become as popular as the sport itself. Offering a blend of bars, clubs, pubs, and grills, there is an option for everyone to enjoy after a day of hitting the slopes. Here are some of our favourite places to enjoy the après ski culture in Whistler.

 

 

El Furniture Warehouse

A local favourite, El Furniture Warehouse can’t be beaten on price when everything on their menu is only $5.95! A popular choice no matter why you are visiting Whistler, this restaurant chain has made a name for itself by creating a social atmosphere filled with energy but doesn’t require you to break the bank. You’ll find your classic pub food here, with a few twists.

Garibaldi Lift Company

Garibaldi Lift Company is a well known and a popular place for enjoying the après ski culture. In fact, it’s been named as one of the top 10 après establishments in the world by SKI Magazine. Offering guests an elegant lounge, cozy restaurant, and even a club in the evening, Garibaldi lets its guests sit back and relax as they watch people descend the mountain. Did we mention they have an all season patio?

Dubh Linn Gate Pub

Traditional Irish flair meets the west coast lifestyle at Dubh Linn Gate Pub. Offering authentic Irish cuisine with their diverse selection of beers on tap (with Guinness being the star of their lineup), Dubh Linn Gate is always filled with laughter and a good time. Enjoy a casual afternoon relaxing in this pub with your friends and family.

Dusty’s Bar & BBQ

Dusty’s is the place to sit back and relax, or if you stick around later in the evening, they are famous for their live music parties. Their menu features a delicious variety of BBQ dishes, prepared by their professional staff. With their friendly and efficient service, visiting Dusty’s is a must on any trip. They are also home to some of the best Caesars in the village.

Longhorn Saloon

Located at the bottom of the mountain you can almost ski right onto the Longhorn Saloon patio. Catering to the relaxed culture of après ski, enjoy their menu featuring beer and spirits with chicken wings, burgers, and all your favourite comfort foods. The party lives at Longhorn Saloon with live music and a DJ during the evenings.

Mallard Lounge

The Fairmont Hotels are known for their elegant experiences and an afternoon in the Mallard Lounge is no exception. Sample their famous martinis or have them recommend a spirit from their collection as you lounge by the fireplace and enjoy the live music. They serve the finest of west coast cuisine and feature their own chocolate bar – a collection of chocolates mixed with savoury and sweet dried fruits and nuts.

Pure Bread

The smell of warm, freshly baked desserts from Pure Bread will entice you from down the street. Their ever-changing selection of treats are baked fresh daily. This makes them a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Pure Bread is a great place if you’re a family looking for an après ski experience that the kids will enjoy as well.

Where do you like to visit after a day of skiing? Merlins, The Crystal Lounge, the places are endless. Let us know in the comments or on social media.

 

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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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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.

1960s

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

 

1970s

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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1980s

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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1990s

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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