While bottomless powder and crisp grippy groomer conditions are in the care of Ullr, there’s one part of skiing that guarantees a good time regardless of the weather. Yes, friends, we are talking about the all mighty apres ski. Some days it starts at the crack of noon if you’ve had early ups or gear malfunctions, but ideally, it starts when the lifts stop spinning after a day chalked full of shred induced smiles. So while the weather remains a variable, if you base your ski travels around one of these prime après locations you’ll sure to be impressed even if Mother Nature holds out on you.

It’s all about those village vibes. Longhorn Saloon is your one-stop party that will last all night. But don’t worry, it’s acceptable to wear your ski attire for your first beer all the way until closing at the Longhorn. Live DJ’s are often stirring up the patio and the beats will drag you in from the slopes early if you’re not careful. Longhorn also serves up a beer called ‘Après Lager’ which would be rude not to try if après-ing is your jam.

Après Lager while aprèsing, it just feels right at the Longhorn Saloon. Photo by Abby Cooper.

If the door was left open you could ski right into the pub with its on-slope location. Coated in all the trappings of backcountry hut, the T-Bar oozes with cozy vibes. Ski and snowboard nostalgia adorns the rafters showcasing old equipment and evidence of wild nights linger as undergarments lace antlers on the walls – if only this place could talk! Settle in for the night and you’ll be leaving with 10 new friends, that is, if you remember them the next day.

A short jaunt into town from the resort should take you to no other place than The Shed. A new joint that resembles a refreshed grandpas garage has turned into the raddest hang out spot in the Kootenays. Bored games, local art, friendly staff, and craft BC beer on tap checks all the boxes for a stellar apres ski experience. Local’s keep this place grounded and should be befriended to help point you in the right direction for tomorrows powder stash.

Drink local and meet locals at The Shed in Kimberley. Photo by Abby Cooper

Bar Le Tucker was named in honor of the Tucker Sno-Cats, that are used to nimbly groom Mont Sutton. While many resorts have traded in their Tuckers for new machines Sutton keeps them alive and well, becoming a bit of an icon of the resort and the bar no doubt following suit. With open mic night and live music weekly Bar Le Tucker is always going off for one reason or another. A proper European apres ski experience is supported by “the regulars” and instill by all through the extensive selection of imported liquors and beers.

Aggressive? Maybe a bit, but celebrating another “best day ever” educed by Fernie’s famously light powder deserves a unique kind of cheers. Maybe warm up your apres ski game with a pint at the Griz Bar first, but the Ice Bar is certainly not to be missed. Toss on that cozy parka and buckle up for some world-class vodka sampling before finally warming up from the day in the nearby Lizard Creek Lodge Jacuzzi.

The iconic Fernie Alpine Resort Ice Bar. Photo by Abby Cooper

The first beer was sipped here in 1928! This historic cabin was originally built by the Canadian Pacific Railway for The Trail Riders Club of the Canadian Rockies. The evolution of the cabin and early expeditions of the surrounding mountains is well documented on the walls of the current Mad Trappers Saloon. Come spring skiing the rooftop is the place to be.

Hot tubs, need we say more? Yeah, you can sip your drink from a hot tub located on a terrace after skiing at Stoneham free of charge. Now, that sounds like the ultimate way to relax after a day on the slopes! Try not to get too sleepy in there, as the dance floor is guaranteed to pop before nightfall. With live music and floor to ceiling views of the mountain, it will beckon you in for a song or ten, even if you try to resist.

Indoor shenanigans at Stoneham QC. Image supplied by Stoneham

* We support a good apres ski session, but we sure don’t support drinking and driving or skiing for that matter. Please embrace these establishments responsibly. *