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Whistler: A Tale of Skiing and Après Skiing

Recently some friends of ours from the East Coast flew out to Seattle to spend a long weekend with us up in Whistler, BC. It was a fun weekend of skiing, good company, après skiing, beautiful scenery and some good eats.

It started out with a 4 to 4-1/2 hour drive from Seattle (pending the border crossing time), and it was an absolutely gorgeous drive.  

Some Sea to Sky Highway shots for evidence.


Top hits on our playlist were Macklemore's Thriftshop, Toto's Africa, and Edward Sharp and The Magnificant Zero's Home.

Onto the skiing. I am not a hard core skier by any means, I've skied a handful of times and am content with the green slopes. I have no urge to ever graduate to blue, going too fast and skiing off the edge of the mountain is a fear of mine. Regardless of your experience, Whistler has slopes and scenic views for everyone. Evidence is below.

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 I of course was a HUGE fan of après ski. I'm much better at that than skiing. Our favorite spot for après ski was Dubh Lin Gate Irish Pub. It was right at the bottom of Whistler Mountain, they served a mean Bloody Caeser and we did a pretty good job of scoring a spot by the outdoor fire. We went there everyday. Evidence is below.

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I didn't take many food pictures, other than the poutine, as I said last time when in Canada, do as the Canadians.

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Despite the lack of photos we did eat at some good restaurants. Below is a summary of our hotel and food recommendations.

Aava Whistler - The hotel was not in the village, but it was literally right on the edge and very convenient to the skiing, bars and restaurants. 

21 Steps - We shared some small plates; the Steamed Mussels and Bacon Wrapped Filets were the favorites. Everyone was really happy with their big plates, we asked the waitress for her recommendations and she did not let us down. They take reservations, we didn't have any and we were able to walk in and get a table for 5 on a Saturday night.

RimRock - This was about a 10 minute cab ride from the village/hotel and definitely worth the trip for a nicer dinner. We started out with cocktails at the bar. Moved to the table and onto wine,  shared oysters, mussels and lobster bisque for appetizers. And by the time we ordered dinner most of us were filling up so we split main dishes. Mr. KMW & I shared the Seafood Trio...delicious! And those that ordered game dishes went home satisfied as well. I would definitely recommend making reservations here.

For lunch I ate chili on the mountain everyday, you know I LOVE chili. See evidence of my chili love here, here, here, here and here :)

As you can tell, we had an awesome weekend in Whistler and we'll be going back! 

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