Shredding big mountain slopes all day, playing indoors all night. Along the Sea-to-Sky corridor that connects Vancouver to Whistler and some incredible backcountry, that's the name of the game.
As legendary for its epic resort and accessible wilderness terrain as it is for après-ski fun and food, B.C.'s southern coastal region offers options galore to kick back at that perfect watering hole where the drinks are flowing and the crowd is cool.
Whether you're staying in Whistler or in nearby Pemberton or Squamish, there are après-ski spots aplenty to choose from. Here are a few of our favourites, chosen for their authentic mountain life vibe and locals' stamp of approval.
Whistler's world-renowned for its on and off the slope adventures
Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC)
Occupying the prime spot overlooking the base of Whistler just steps away from the Village gondolas, the GLC has been rightly hailed as one of the top 10 après experiences in the world. Always packed to the rafters with revellers who spill out onto the spacious slopeside patio once the lifts close, this Whistler institution serves up pitchers of Kokanee, poutine and other hearty pub grub in a friendly (and often frenzied) room with amazing mountain views. The go-to spot for official Whistler events and after parties, the GLC hosts DJ nights that will keep you dancing all night long.
Dusty's Bar & BBQ
It doesn't get more local than legendary Dusty's. Anchoring the base of the Creekside Gondola, Whistler's original après-ski watering hole is the real deal, with more stories to tell than a drunken ski patroller. The bar got its name from Dusty, a stuffed horse that rode into Whistler back in 1979 in the back of a pick-up and spent a decade on the bar before mysteriously springing to life and bolting into the blue with nude woman on his back. It soon developed a reputation for mouthwatering barbecue and a Caesar that is arguably the best in the world. Toss in nearly four decades of outrageous après antics and live music that still rocks it to the rafters, and you've got the recipe for a rockin' good time.