Whistler Apres: Cooling – off in the Bearfoot Bistro Ketel One Ice Room

  There is no better way to cool off in Whistler post outdoor adventure than bundling up in an iconic Canada Goose parka and stepping inside the Ketel One Ice Room. Located inside the Bearfoot Bistro, the Ketel One Ice Room is the coldest permanent sub-zero vodka room in Canada! Be sure to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and the experience itself is an intimate one. Ideally the experience is best done with a small a group of friends. We suggest a foursome, as body heat can be one’s only saving grace when sipping vodka in -32C temps while you are trying to handle the cold and make the experience last as long as humanly possible. Although the $48 price tag per person does include an informational on the specifics of distillation and filtration, you’ll want to cut straight to chase…4 vodka shots of your very own choosing and as many selfies as your phone will handle before shutting down from the cold. (It truly does happen, so be sure... ...

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The Commandments of Après Ski

In the good old days, skiers coined the term après that time of day when one had earned the right to indulge and share their passion for powder and sport. Resort towns like Whistler can trace the inception of après culture back to hippy ski-bum days circa 1967. Today, it is a globally recognized social phenomenon and universal celebration that takes place after sport. Clearly, certain things have evolved over the years but the core elements are consistent. It isn’t a full ski or sports day without après. Establishments like craft breweries and upscale restaurants capitalize on the continuous popularity and expansion of this cool sporting culture but overlook the basics. It’s not the atmosphere or the menu that make for great après but the following ingredients. Cause for celebration: The core vibe of après is a celebration. Traditions may vary but the term itself is universally understood. Après is permission to party, to let your hair-down, raise a glass and celebrate the fact that you have conquered another epic... ...

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Everyday is après at Cornucopia!

The adventure to Whistler began in a Lincoln MKZ hybrid. There just isn’t any other way to travel the Sea to Sky than in style and that is just what we did. Whistler Blackcomb Mountain declared an early opening day on November 22, which is why it’s no surprise that even the locals welcome  Cornucopia Wine and Food Festival every year with open arms and open pocket books. Cornucopia offers guests a golden pre-season opportunity  to warm up their après-outdoor muscles during this 10 day booze and culinary adventure. Wrapping just days before Whistler opens for business,  here are the top reasons why Cornucopia is worth the calorie and liver sacrifice. For 17 years now Cornucopia has been evolving. Whatever preconceived notions you may have about Whistler’s annual wine and food  celebration, forget them.  Generalizations like being expensive or pretentious are not at all close to the reality of this festival and everything it has t  to offer. Depending on your budget, Cornucopia offers almost too many options. Fun and... ...

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Size does matter: The search for the best nachos in Whistler!

After a day conquering fresh terrain and unturned tracks on Whistler Blackcomb, you and your ski peeps are hungry like the wolf and more than deserving of a mother munch down. The one and only singular menu item that your group can divide and conquer together is nachos. Sharing your stories over a tower of nachos is part of the après fun.Follow me on my own nacho taste tour to find the raddest nachos in Whistler.  Factors like size, cheese layers, toppings and price all contribute to deciding which establishment has the best nachos. Whistler has a slew of pubs, bars and restaurants that cater to the nacho fanatic (see a full list below).  These are my findings based on four of Tourism Whistler’s top picks. Stops included the Longhorn Saloon, Merlin’s, The Mexican Corner and The Mallard Lounge. The Fiesta:When you are craving an authentic après ski fiesta complete with happy Spanish speaking people, margaritas and mucho carne, be sure to head straight to The Mexican Corner in Mountain Square.  The... ...

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