Nothing completes an epic ski trip to Whistler Blackcomb, Cypress Mountain or Grouse Mountain like a pre- or post-ski vacation visit to Vancouver. Here are some unique ways to pair a day or two of skiing or riding with a fun exploration of Vancouver. Plan at least two days to enjoy a few of the following urban pursuits.
After checking out the styles on the mountain, hit the city’s many great shopping districts to buy everything from ski gear to trendy street wear. Try the Granville Island, Robson Street, Yaletown or Commercial Drive shopping districts. Vancouver’s malls are always warm and welcome places for pre- and post-ski vacationers. And you’ll want to pick up some of B.C.’s best souvenirs for your envious friends and family back home.
A day on the mountain can take its toll on the body. Arrange for a treatment at one of Vancouver’s many luxury spas, and have an expert help relieve sore muscles for après-ski bliss. Check out our list of eight special Vancouver treatments you should try.
Après ski is best enjoyed at one of the cocktail bars in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods. Enjoy a relaxing drink to soothe tired muscles. There are also numerous wine lounges serving a variety of British Columbia wines. After a day on the slopes, a glass of icewine and a fireplace are the perfect reward.
You might be craving a little culture upon returning from one of the ski areas. Lucky for you, the performing artsare booming in Vancouver. opera, ballet or symphony performance. Tickets to a Canucks hockey game is the quintessential way to top off your Vancouver ski vacation.