El Furniture Warehouse (a.k.a. “El Furny”) has the cheapest après in town; all food is five bucks or less, and the drinks are aplenty. Pro skier and all-around legendary dude, Sean Pettit, is also a part owner. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to enjoy an esteemed Caesar (or five) with him.
Sushi Village, on the other hand, is the place to be for fancier eats. It has the best rolls in town, without a doubt, and more than enough sake to get your whole squad riled up. If you want to really go all-in, try the Rainbow Roll: prawn tempura rolled with soya bean sheet, wrapped with the chef’s choice of seven different fish.
There’s no better place to be after the best skiing of your life than Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill. It has what just must be the biggest patio in all of Canada—loaded with tables for you and your skiing compadres to drink pitchers on top of pitchers all afternoon long.
The nightlife scene in Whistler is super extensive, but Garfinkel’s is the most poppin’ of all. Break it down on the dance floor via super loud music, and make your way to the back bar, where a who’s who of local ski pros hang out on a nightly basis. Tourist challenge: Bring a Sharpie and see who can get the most autographs out of your whole crew.
The HI-Whistler Hostel is a ski bum’s haven, offering shared rooms for as low as $30 (CAD) and private rooms as low as $70 (CAD). Tear up the game room, meet like-minded individuals to shred with and enjoy the super-short stroll to the Creekside Gondola.
Folks looking for a top-of-the-line place to crash should head straight to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. It looks like a god damn castle, nestled right at the base of Blackcomb Mountain with ski-in-ski-out access. Slide straight down to the Wizard Express lift, shred all day long then relax to the max in your fancy robe among the pool, hot tubs, bar and more.
Ride the Peak 2 Peak gondola, which connects Whistler and Blackcomb—the resort’s main areas—and offers the absolute best views in the area, by far. This engineering masterpiece was completed back in 2008 and has been one of the area’s biggest attractions ever since.
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