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10 cool après ski spots to check out in Whistler

From cheap eats and drinks to more sophisticated sips and snacks, here are 10 cool spots for après ski time in Whistler.

It's time to hit the slopes in Whistler. We all know what goes up must come down, so when you're done after all your going ups and downs the mountain, it's time sit down, relax, and indulge in the honourable tradition of "après ski."

From cheap eats and drinks to more sophisticated sips and snacks, here are 10 cool spots for après ski time in Whistler.

Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill

It's hard to beat the convenience of GLC, so if your feet don't need to go further, this popular spot above the Whistler Gondola building considers themselves the absolute experts on the "art" of après ski.

Address: 4165 Springs Lane, Whistler

HandleBar

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Whistler's very own drinking spot dedicated to craft beer, delicious eats, and laid back vibes.

Address: 106-4557 Blackcomb Way, Whistler

Dusty's

Dusty's wasn't handed the 2016 "Aprés" award for nothing: In the biz for decades, you will find reliably satisfying bar food and drinks at this veteran watering hole.

Address: 2040 London Lane RR 2, Whistler

Bar Oso

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The sibling spot to Whistler's famed Araxi, this Spanish-tinged tapas and cocktails spot is a popular draw in the Village.

Address: 150-4222 Village Square, Whistler

Mallard Lounge at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Tucked inside the Chateau at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, The Mallard Lounge is a cozy spot for post-ski decadence. Live music, custom cocktails, and a sweet experience known as The Chocolate Bar make this spot memorable.

Address: 4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler

Merlin's

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As far as ski town pubs go, Merlin's fits the bill to a T. Basic drinks and eats are on hand here, including a mountainous plate of nachos that should be considered an Olympic team spot.

Address: 4553 Blackcomb Way, Whistler

El Furniture Warehouse

Come on now, you know the drill when it comes to this chain of BC restaurants: $5 eats and bargain drinks.

Address: 4314 Main Street, Whistler

Cure Lounge at Nita Lake Lodge

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Cure at Nita Lake Lodge recently underwent a renovation, enhancing its appeal as a prime Creekside destination for well-made cocktails and fresh eats. Perfect if you're staying in this area and are unwinding after your day up the road.

Address: 2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler

SIDECUT Bar at the Four Seasons

The elegant restaurant inside the Four Seasons operates the mellow SIDECUT Bar if you're looking for a place to relax minus the mania of some of the Village's more pubby spots.

Address: 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler

Ketel One Vodka Ice Room at the Bearfoot Bistro

Bearfoot Bistro's Ketel One Ice Room is the world’s coldest vodka tasting room – and the only permanent sub-zero vodka room in Canada. Pick from 50 kinds of vodka here, and try to stay warm.

Address: 4121 Village Green, Whistler