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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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Summer in Review

With the days already growing shorter, the colour of the leaves starting to change and crops reaching their harvest point, Vancouver is ready for the fall season. Since next Friday is the first day of Autumn, why not reminisce on everything that happened this past summer in BC.

Honda Celebration of Lights

Watching the magnificent firework displays along Vancouver’s beaches is an annual tradition. This year’s competitors were South Korea, Sweden and South Africa. Each created an unbelievable combination of fireworks, related to the theme of ‘Love’. However, the overall winner of both the Judges’ and the People’s Choice was South Korea.

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Pride Parade

Another annual event in the summer is the Vancouver Pride Parade, which brings together people from all over the city. Again this year, the parade was a success, and we even received a visit from our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

Wildfires

This year, we saw another season of the devastation that can be caused by wildfires. At one point, there were approximately 600 fires burning across BC at the same time. As a result, the province entered a state of emergency and also required the presence of the Canadian Armed Forces. Only within the last 2 weeks have the fires begun to lessen; however, the damage will have a lasting effect on our beautiful province. Below is a photo of one of our tour guides on the lake during mid-summer, surrounded by smoke. 

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PNE

Caramel apples covered with crickets, KitKat fries, and all sorts of delicious foods were present at this year’s Pacific National Exhibition. Also, new this year to the Fair, was the jousting show, Knights of Valour. Viewers could watch real and heartstopping, unchoreographed matches between professional jousters. Huzzah!

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Cloudraker Skybridge 

A new suspension bridge opened up this past summer, and the Cloudraker Skybridge offers some of the best views in Whistler. Were you daring enough to walk 140 metres across the Whistler Bowl from the Peak to the West Ridge?

Vancouver Art Gallery

This summer, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s feature exhibit felt like it was made for a Canadian. The exhibit, called Cabin Fever, showcases the culture behind the architecture of a typical cabin in North America.

Royal BC Museum

In Victoria, the new exhibit at the Royal BC Museum, Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs, had everyone talking. The displays feature ancient artifacts and visitors had the opportunity to explore the mysteries of the Eqyptian civilization. Check out one of our previous blog posts for a complete review of the exhibit. Fortunately, visitors have until December to check out the displays for themselves.

Vallea Lumina

Another new attraction to open up in Whistler this summer was the multimedia night walk called Vallea Lumina. The story focuses on the tale of two long-lost hikers who stumble into a world of enchantment and light amongst the forgotten legends of Whistler.

Bard on the Beach

Hopefully, everyone had the chance to brush up on their Shakespeare with Bard on the Beach. This summer’s shows included As You Like It, Macbeth, Time in Athens, and Lysistrata.

Credit: Stephen Elgar

 

We wish we could sit and go over everything that happened this summer, but hopefully, our blog brings back a few recent memories. Was there anything you experienced this summer that should be on this list? Share it with us on social media!

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.