7 unexpectedly cool spring après-ski spots

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Big ski resorts deliver some amazing spring après parties. But what about the lesser known spots? With fewer crowds to contend with, these cool places will give you that feeling of exclusive access to the front row (or backstage!). 

Try these winter adventures with a chaser of local après in seven unexpected places.

Ski at Troll, après in Quesnel

Basecamp to Troll Ski Resort, Quesnel is a gold rush boom town with style and you can get a great #SkiNorthBC ski and stay deal with discounts on skiing at Troll, après at Barkerville Brewing Co, gear discounts at Rocky Peak Outfitters and overnights at the Billy Barker Casino. This is the sleeper ticket to some of the raddest spring skiing and après fun in Western Canada!

Skiing at Troll
Photo: Doc Pow
Spend the day at Troll Mountain Resort and unwind with some après in Quesnel
Nordic like an Olympian, après like a Vermilionaire

It may seem counterintuitive to head east for skiing, but for cross-country destinations Vermilion is one of Alberta’s top spots, former home to Olympian Beckie Scott. Ski in the natural beauty of a provincial park, and then check out main street with its craft distillery, downhome restaurant hospitality and cool brick and mortar shops. Read more here. 

Two cross country skiers near Vermillion
Photo: Paul Lavoie
Ski the former training grounds of Olympian Beckie Scott in Vermillion.
Shred at 5 BC ski resorts, and soak in live music

Okay, we’re cheating a bit here, covering five spots in one, but how could we not include this five-stop pop-up concert hitting Fernie, Red Mountain, Nelson, Kimberley and Revvy? With a stellar lineup led by Shred Kelly, this show will have you on the slopes enjoying the tunes post-shred.

Shred Kelly's Mountain pop-up tour brings live music to ski resorts in the Kootenays
Have it all to yourself in Greenview

The MD of Greenview in northwestern Alberta is huge! Spanning from Greenview on the southeastern edge, across to Grande Prairie in the north and Grande Cache in the west, it offers everything from rolling hills and local valley ski areas to the mountains of Grande Cache. For a full day of adventure, combo a rip at Little Smoky Ski Area with a cross-country ski at Young’s Point and then over to Alberta’s first (and only?) farmstand distillery, Crabbie Goat. Here's how to claim your space in Greenview. 

Crabbie Goat Distillery Valleyview AB Paul Lavoie
Photo: Paul Lavoie
After a day of skiing at Little Smoky Ski Area, enjoy a beverage at Crabbie Goat Distillery
Get out the sunnies in Hinton

Perched on the edge of Jasper National Park, Hinton’s got hiking, fat biking and cross-country ski trails for miles, without the crowds of Jasper. And when the day is done, you can claim a spot in the sunny west-facing taproom at Folding Mountain Brewing. Read on to find out how to cruise into Hinton ready for adventure. 

Photo: Paul Lavoie
Enjoy the Alberta Rockies without the crowds and finish the day at Folding Mountain Brewing
Make all of YEG your winter patio

Another cheat, combining 15 #YEGWinterPatios spots in one, but to be fair - you can make all of Edmonton’s outdoor patio scene your après! Try a winter patio crawl after a cruise at Snow Valley, Edmonton Ski Club or local cross-country trails. Talk about an easy win. 

Try a winter patio crawl after a cruise at Snow Valley, Edmonton Ski Club

Great winter adventures aren’t just about the activity on the mountain or the trails. That’s where they may start, but when you end up at some of the coolest local scenes afterwards, you’ve got the makings of an epic memory. Hit the road for these cool spring skiing adventures and return with a story to tell.


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