Spending time on the mountain is incredible. The views, skiing, and fun are part of the experience but let’s get real, one of the greatest reasons to hit the slopes is après ski. The origin of après is a little fuzzy but what we do know is that it was our nordic ancestors who first celebrated a good day in the mountains and our friends in the Alps who made the term what it is today. Now, it’s not all about drinking till the wee hours of the morning. There’s a refined component to après ski where revellers socialize and work on warming up after being outside. In case you didn’t know, here’s how to après ski like our ancestors did!
Look For Music
If there’s music, there’s going to be a party. And après wouldn’t be complete without dancing in your ski boots! Head to the Longhorn Saloon Bar & Grill patio or the Dublin Gate Irish Pub to huddle around a fire. Merlin’s is another popular spot in upper village that is well known for revellers dancing on the bar in full ski attire.
Make Friends Or Bring Friends
Après is a time to celebrate. A time to connect with friends after a great day on the slopes, relive the good moments and laugh. Bring your crew or make new friends. It will be worth it and you might make life long companions. After all, celebrating the glorious snow and the mountains is best done with someone and not alone.
Sit back and relax. You deserve it after spending all day on skis. What’s more, spending time at the Scandinave Spa or in a hot tub after skiing is still considered après. An added bonus is that you can do the latter with a beer in hand. The choice is yours!
Drink, Eat, And Be Merry!
Chance are, you’re going to be hungry after all the physical activity you did. Enjoy a tasty feed and a beverage at any one of the local establishments before hitting the dance floor. Favourites like the nachos at Garibaldi Lift Company or a cheese plate at Bar Oso are perfect for filling that void.
Après is known as a ‘still in ski boots’ activity and has been since its commencement. These days, après can be an all-day (or all-night) affair, and its best to be prepared. Stash shoes and warm layers for chilly evenings when the sun goes down, so you can comfortably party long into well into night… or morning for that matter!
Après ski is a big deal here in Whistler and with these tips, you’ll party like our nordic ancestors did. Don’t get stuck without a place to stay after the party stops, visit out last minute deals section for savings that can’t be beat.