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From Shredding Powder to Popping Champagne in Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

Author, Young Adventuress blog
As I leaned back next to the bar of one of Whistler’s many nocturnal establishments, taking a deep sip of my beer, I made eye contact with a moose. Just in case I had forgotten where I was in that particular moment, I quickly remembered, yes, I am in fact in Canada.
Luckily for me, or unluckily, depending on your perspective, the moose had seen finer days and now he was lovingly mounted above the bar at one of the most popular dives in town to lord over his customers, new and old. Both dignified and iconic, I couldn’t help but giggle as the strobe lights began to illuminate his face.
Turning back to my friends, I began slipping back into the timeless conversation about riding powder and when it’ll dump again in Whistler.
While Whistler Blackcomb is known for many things, like glorious runs so long you have to stop and take a break, waist-deep powder, some of the best terrain in the world, and its Epic food and nightlife scene. A place where you play hard during the day and also at night—after all, you’re on vacation!
In fact, my week in Whistler started off with a bang and an après-ski session without the ski. Hitting the highway straight from the Vancouver Airport, I made my way to this iconic mountain town, meeting up with friends just as the lifts were closing for the day.
I mean, is there any other Whistler welcome?
Hanging outside by the fire at the iconic Garibaldi Lift Company at the base of the Whistler Gondola, I snuggled up in a warm blanket, sipped on cold local beer, and started people watching. As the sky darkened and snow flurries drifted down, we chowed down on hearty food, shared good conversation, and I felt like I was quickly inducted into the Whistler community, trial by beer and poutine.

Nightlife for every mood

You can leave your boots on

With your boots on, there is only one place to head once the lifts start to close and that’s at the bottom of the Wizard Chair, the aptly named Merlin’s—a place where hearty nachos meet pitchers of beer and the atmosphere could only be described as lively.
It’s something to look forward to at the end of the day and it was where I headed on my way down the mountain because I was staying in Upper Village.
My morning routine in Whistler was the same. Wake up, kit up, grab a coffee and maple bacon donut from the Portobello Market in the Fairmont, and saunter over to the Whistler Gondola.
At some point during the day, I’d take the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola over to Blackcomb before riding down straight toward, you guessed it, Merlin’s. After all, the fun doesn’t have to stop when the chairlifts do.
If you’re after a mellow drink before dinner or a place that’s cozy and quiet, check out Fifty Two 80 in the Four Seasons or the Mallard Lounge. Or if you’re after a special culinary experience, check out the vodka and champagne tasting at the Bearfoot Bistro, where you can even learn how to saber your own champagne bottle or visit a vodka tasting room made of ice.
This winter I was lucky enough to check out the Cabin, an adult-only pop-up venue also in the Four Seasons. Sensing the vibe of an old fur trading post cabin in Canada, I didn’t know what to expect when I walked in but I was met with the most perfect winter wonderland that I could have imagined. I didn’t want to leave!
An intimate and comfortable space, it embodies the Scandinavian cozy trend and it’s the perfect place to sit down and get to know people, which is exactly what I did. I didn’t know anyone in the group and left with a dozen new friends, bonding over creative northern-inspired cocktails and shared treats.


After dark

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