The Ultimate Mountain Playground Pete Burnett, Overseas Manager

"Whistler is North America’s original winter wonderland. Epic skiing for all abilities, a first-class snow school, a vibrant après scene, great restaurants for every budget and a plethora of shopping, spas & activities. "

Après Ski in Whistler

Leaving the slopes, the first stop can be to enjoy some live music and specials at the favourite base locales - Dusty's, The Garibaldi Lift Co. [GLC] and Merlin's. Alternatively, the outdoor patio at Longhorn Saloon & Grill, in the Carleton Lodge at the base of the village gondolas is a popular spot for apres-ski or late-night revelry. Music pumps, the draft beer flows and you can even grab a bite to eat. The Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub, an Irish pub in the Pan Pacific Mountainside Lodge, is another place for immediate fun when the lifts close.

Every Sunday evening at 6:30 from mid December, running through Spring, Whistler's Fire and Ice show features fireworks, fire spinners and a show of skiers and snowboarders jumping through the Ring of Fire. Free performances take place near the base of the Whistler Village Gondola.

Moving on, the Amsterdam Cafe in Village Square is Whistler's funkiest local hangout for night time mingling. Tommy Africa's is in the main Whistler Village, under the Rexall Drugstore and behind the zebra poles. Or Buffalo Bill's, after 16 years one of Whistler's favourite nightspots, offering pool tables, video games and a crowded but friendly dance floor.

For a more civilized apres-ski or evening drink, head for comfy sofas at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler's Mallard Bar, The Four Seasons' Fifty Two 80 Bar, a relaxing place for a specialty martini or glass of British Columbia wine, or The Firerock Lounge at the Westin Resort & Spa.