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7 Best Places To Ski and Apres Ski in Western Canada

Are you looking for the perfect apres-ski place to drink craft beer? We’ve taken the difficulty of planning on for you and found some of the best ski runs and best craft breweries in Western Canada.

7 Best Places To Ski and Apres Ski in Western Canada

Alberta

Where to Ski

These 3 sites are all located in Banff National Park a UNESCO World Heritage site popular year-round. In the winter it becomes a 6,641-square kilometre playground. (Lake Louise alone offers 139 runs.)

Norquay, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise: Make up Alberta’s Big 3 resorts. Together they boast 8,000 acres of skiing, 2 gondolas, 26 chairlifts and 30 feet of feather-light, dry Canadian Rockies powder annually.

 

Video: Skiing in Banff National Park, Alberta

Where to Apres-Ski

Banff: About a 15 Minute drive from the mountains is the quaint mountain town of Banff. Catch a great brew at Banff Ave Brewing Company.

Canmore: South of Banff you can also find a great brew at Grizzly Paw Brewing Co.

Jasper: If you are feeling a little more adventurous and up for the ride head northwest to the town of Jasper where you can chug and chow down at the Jasper Brewing Company.

 

Video: Bear Hill Brewing Company

 

British Columbia

Where to Ski

Whistler/Blackcomb: Together, the adjacent Whistler and Blackcomb mountains offer more than 200 marked runs, 16 alpine bowls and three glaciers over 3,200 hectares of incredibly beautiful terrain.

Where to Apres-Ski

Whistler: Head off the slopes and into town where you can find the Whistler Brewing Company. Take a brewery tour or hang at the tap house. Either one provides great relaxation from what ales you after skiing.

Where to Ski

Sun Peaks: At 1,500 hectares, Sun Peaks is the second largest ski area in British Columbia and is the third-largest in the country. This destination is popular with families and seasoned skiers with its opportunities for alpine and Nordic skiing.

 

Video: Sun Peaks Resort

Where to Apres-Ski

Kamloops: Red Collar Brewing Co. is the place to be for Apres-Ski. The menu is simple and delicious with most items made in-house. The beers don’t have fancy names, but there is a style for everyone and they are a delight.

Where to Ski

Kicking Horse: This popular resort boasts the fourth-highest vertical drop in North America – at 1,260 metres. Take your pick of alpine and Telemark skiing to cross-country skiing and heliskiing.

Where to Apres-Ski

Kicking Horse: Take the gondola back up to the mountain peak to Eagle’s Eye Restaurant where you can enjoy elegant Canadian Dining at its luxurious best or check the event schedule for one of their brewmaster dinners.

Golden: Remove yourself from the slopes and head to Whitetooth Brewing just not on Tuesday. This little, but fabulous place can only hold 44 people, so don’t be number 45. They have great snacks and growlers to go. They are true believers in the local movement. So take the time to drive to town and Support your local brewery!

 

Where to Ski

Fernie:

“Awesome,” “adrenaline-packed” and “thrill of a lifetime”

are how some of our [Canadian Living] readers have described the skiing at the Fernie Alpine Resort located in what-‘s known as Lizard Range. Fernie, possibly the highest resort in the Canadian Rockies, is world-famous for its powder skiing. Skiers choose from more than 140 runs and 5 alpine bowls. Annual snowfall in the area gets as high as 11 metres.

Where to Apres-Ski

Fernie: Not far from Fernie, the mountain, lies Fernie, the town. In Fernie, the town is Fernie Brewing Company. While the name wasn’t too original the names of the beers definitely are. Make sure you try our favourites: What the Huck, Huckleberry Wheat Ale and Java the Hut.

whistler-apre-ski-party
Image by: Whistler Luxury Condo Rentals

 

Cheers to the Perfect Pairing of Skiing and Craft Beer!

 

Some of the ski descriptions are shared from Canadian Living’s Canada’s 10 Best Ski Destinations.

If you liked this beer article, check out some of our other brewery tour articles:

Bear Hill Brew Crew Long Weekend Part 1
Bear Hill Brew Crew Long Weekend Part 2
TOUR: Grizzly Paw Brewing
TOUR: Whistler Brewing

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