Apres Ski at FAR
After a day full of tough decisions - Snake or Red Tree? Concussion or Easter? Mini or Mighty? – it doesn’t seem fair that you have to make yet another pivotal decision, that could truly make or break your day. Where to après? It’s a tough one and with an increasing number of choices of where to rest your weary limbs and reward that well-oiled machine of yours, it can really mess with your mind. So, a we’ve decided to lend you a helping hand and lead you to safety, to ensure that your après can feel as good as the pow…
The Griz Bar
If you haven’t made it up there yet, you’re either under age or are a blatant lost soul round these parts. Situated above the Daylodge, the Griz Bar sure knows how to draw the hoards of tired and deserving hardcore all-day skiers, fair weather enthusiasts or one-run wonders at any time of the day. In fact if you’re the latter, you can start your Griz day at 11am and ease yourself slowly onto the slopes. Or not.
Whichever you may be, once you’ve ungracefully clunked and sweated your way up those stairs, what’s on offer? Well a few things are a given. Live music on the weekends; friendly and busy bar staff dashing about with jugs in one hand, huge servings of delicious nachos in the other; some interesting characters (generally with an accent), discussing their latest ski gear or gadget (see photo of a recent classic example) and last but not least, the ‘usuals’, with their tell-tale flushed, and smiling faces – unsure whether from the pow or the beer. With regulars so dedicated they practically have their initials engraved on their chair, what’s not to love?
It’s got atmosphere, food, can serve up a mean Caesar or mulled wine, has regular drink offers to wet your appetite and whether local or from out of town, you can experience the friendly and entertaining nature of Fernie, Griz style. So remember this. Saturday, come 3pm, if you’re working against the flow of the crowds, you’re heading the wrong way. Turn around, accept the inevitable and go get yourself an order of nachos and a jug. It’s the only way to end your day and start your night...
Additional options, especially helpful if kids are part of your après ski equation…
A beautiful lodge located along Highline Drive just to the right of the Elk Chair, Alpine Lodge is an extension of the popular Yamagoya restaurant in Fernie. Actually, Alpine Lodge was the original Yamagoya! Newly renovated and now available for all group sizes (or one), the menu includes many of the Yamagoya favourites along with Shabu-Shabu, an interactive Japanese dining experience, and some new items including Salmon Tataki.
Big Bang Bagels
Now on the hill in Snow Creek Lodge, Big Bang offers their regular bagel sandwiches along with the famous Breakfast Banger. They also serve pita chips with an asiago spinach dip or nachos. They are open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 4pm, and Friday to Sunday 8am to 5pm. And yes, they are licensed and serve Fernie Brewing Company beer.
With its great atmosphere and views, Corner Pocket offers a large selection of beer on tap (8 varieties) and an après ski menu with highlights such as wings, nachos, bruschetta, and spinarty dip. New this year are their thin crust pizzas. Open from 11am until whenever the party ends, Corner Pocket is located in the Griz Inn.
Looking for something a little heartier? Gabriella’s has been a fixture at Fernie Alpine Resort since its Fernie Snow Valley days, originally located where Cornerstone Lodge now stands. At its new location, above the Mountain Pantry, Gabriella’s serves authentic Italian cuisine, and has a large and beautiful deck perfect for an après ski birra e antipasto.
Centrally located in the square, Kelsey’s sits at the base of Cornerstone Lodge across from the Day Lodge and offers a large menu with many pub-style appetizers to share over drinks at the end of the day. On warmer days, you can take your après outside into the square – great for people watching and socializing.
Lizard Creek Lodge
For a little gourmet après, visit Lizard Creek at the bottom of the Elk Chair. Large windows, comfy couches, and a huge fireplace create a cozy and inviting zone after a day on the slopes. And while the menu does contain elements of fine dining, it also offers great snacks to share including nachos, ribs and cheese fondue.
If you’re in a hurry to head home and plan on enjoying some snacks and drinks there, the Mountain Pantry is the perfect one stop shop. You avoid the lines at the Liquor Store and Overwaitea, they carry everything, (even random ingredients for, say…an eggnog recipe) PLUS it’s a BC Liquor Store so you get the same pricing. Kind of wondering why I’m sharing this tidbit with you…
Stay tuned as next month we take après to town!