At the estimated rate of burning 400 calories per hour skiing, it’s no wonder why your après-ski is so important during a Whistler ski holiday. After days on the slopes, embrace the other side Whistler Village.
In Whistler Village alone, there are 90 bars and restaurants where relaxing, warming up, refuelling for the next day and getting loose is made easy. And if you get to town before your reservation, 200 shops gladly welcome a perusal.
If your ideal replenishment comes in the form of tasty craft beer, we recommend heading to Hunter Gather or Beacon Pub & Eatery. For an upmarket meal with a view to match, we recommend trying Cure Lounge or Araxi. If you’re on holiday to meet new people, head to the classic Dubh Linn Gate. It’s a pub with a lively social scene welcoming all visitors. And if your après includes the kids, Dusty’s Bar & BBQ is a surefire winner; it’s one of Whistler’s oldest bars, so it has a different feel from anything else. And everyone who has a bite of their BBQ will be licking their fingers to get every last delicious bite.
And for a satisfying breakfast to power your day ahead on the mountains, Purebread is a lovely family bakery located 10 minutes south of Whistler Village. It’s a staple for Whistler regulars.
Possibly the best way to go into full relaxation mode is at the spa. It all begins with inhaling the fresh mountain air and it continues with your choice of treatment. If you’re after recovery and recuperation after intense activity days, the Whistler Day Spa offers a signature Mountain Recovery Massage and the Nita Lake Lodge Spa has services like intravenous vitamin therapy and intramuscular injections. And many of Whistler’s hotels and lodges are home to world-class spas with traditional treatments to get you reinvigorated from head to toe.
After your body has been nourished and pampered, Whistler has much much to offer the mind. A newer addition to the Whistler Village cultural scene, the Audain Art Museum features work by British Columbian artists, both contemporary and historic. The Train Wreck is south of Function Junction and has become a favourite landmark among locals and visitors; the abandoned box-cars that were left as a reminder of a wreck that occurred here in the 1950s is now considered as an art gallery, bike jump, and - of course - a photo op.
And still, Whistler is ready to make your snow holiday the time of your life. Top off the thrill of the ski with an exciting eco-adventure with a Zipline Tour. Or ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola - the highest lift of its kind that runs over the longest unsupported span in the world - for an adventure with a view.
No matter how you spend your time off the mountain, Whistler will have you craving more year after year.