Pre and Post-Ski Fun

Whether you’ve spent a week schussing down the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb or Sun Peaks, or just spent the day up at one of Vancouver’s local mountains, some pre- or post-ski time in the city is the perfect complement. Here are some unique ways to pair a day or two of skiing or riding with some urban pursuits.


After checking out the latest styles on the mountain, hit the city’s many great shopping districts to buy everything from ski gear to on-trend street wear. Good neighbourhoods to start with include Robson Street, Gastown and Kitsilano. Vancouver’s malls are always warm and welcoming 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 special spa treatments that you’ll only find in British Columbia.


Après ski is best enjoyed at one of the cocktail bars in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods. A relaxing drink is guaranteed to soothe tired muscles or at least help you forget about them. Or if cocktails aren’t your thing, try British Columbia’s wines, or explore Vancouver’s robust craft brewing scene.


You might be craving a little culture upon returning from one of the ski areas. Lucky for you, the performing arts are booming in Vancouver—take in an opera, dance or symphony performance. Or if you’d like to stick with active pursuits, grab tickets to see one of Vancouver’s professional sports teams do battle instead.