Powder Highway’s best apres ski spots

Posted December 28, 2017 by Snow Seekers in British Columbia

Sharing a drink with some friends is just part of the fun in Fernie. (Abby Cooper/SnowSeekers.Ca)

Vacay.ca is excited to partner with SnowSeekers through January 2018 to bring you stories and inspiration about booking a snow-filled adventure you won’t soon forget. In previous installments SnowSeekers wrote about SnowSeekers’ a joyous commute along the Powder Highway B.C. and top tips for planning your BC ski trip. In this column, we share a locals’ favourite apres spots along the Powder Highway.

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New to the Powder Highway? It’s tough to find the best places for good food or where to find live entertainment. We checked in with Sage McBride, lead singer for the Shred Kelly about where she heads for great grub and entertainment in her hometown of Fernie, B.C., while touring or just carving the snow. From the best coffee in the morning to awesome fried avocado tacos from a Mexican restaurant hidden in the mountains, McBride has some great suggestions.

In Golden, near Kicking Horse Resort, she has the lowdown on the best eats and entertainment in this town that knows how to rock. That includes pre-ski breakfast wraps and a soul-warming curry followed by live music.
Hint: You’ll want to head be putting your ski boots up at the ski resort’s famed restaurant with killer views that serves one of the best Caesar’s in the Rocky Mountains.

Read the full story about the best apres ski spots on the Powder Highway in this SnowSeekers story.

Down the road in Fernie, Sage has some tips for in-town live music, plus another favourite weekend, slope-side apres watering hole called The Griz Bar that will get your party started. For food, McBride suggests Nevados for the best sushi and the Curry Bowl for delicious food and a killer beer list.

Fernie Apres ski local craft beers at Fernie - Photo Abby Cooper

Apres local craft beers slope-side at Fernie. (Abby Cooper/SnowSeekers.Ca)


You don’t have to leave the Kimberley ski resort to find a great après ski vibe with great music and food, says Sage. The must-go restaurant on Kimberley’s Bavarian-themed Platzl is the Pedal and Tap.

Red Mountain

According to Sage, Rossland rocks – especially in the spring when Blizzard Fest or Carnival is happening. Before you head to Red Mountain for your ski day, start your day with a killer cup of coffee at the Alpine Grind Coffeehouse where you will always find the locals.


Sage’s favourite time to head to Whitewater is when the Beach Party Weekend happens in April. There’s always live entertainment on the outdoor stage. Whitewater is also known for its great food – so great they sell their own cookbook full of their recipes.

Thirty minutes from Whitewater is the cool town of Nelson, for shopping and delicious food. Sage’s suggestions for live music include checking out the Spiritbar at the historic Hume Hotel, and those deep-fried avocado tacos at Cantina Del Centro.


Sit back and enjoy a refreshing Caesar in the mountain sunshine. (Joanne Elves/SnowSeekers.Ca)

More about SkiBC

Read the full story to plan your apres ski fun with this SnowSeekers story,which lists the best spots on the Powder Highway for food, drink and live entertainment.

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