When you pack for a ski trip, how much thought do you give to après-ski wear? Do your kids have favorite things they like to pack? Here are a few of our latest kids Whistler après ski picks for a quick trip to the mountain.
Like me, Offspring started skiing age three with a toddlers fearlessness and enthusiasm. For her, a ski trip means so much more than strapping on skis. Being in a ski village is like heaven to her, and it’s more than a little odd that she loves cold weather so much, since she was born in the California desert. Maybe I should blame Elsa and the whole Frozen phenomenon. Perhaps now that she’s all about Moana, I’ll have my way and we’ll get to vacation on a Polynesian island instead of a ski mountain. But probably not.
We don’t often venture up to Whistler on the weekends because the only partying we’re doing involves cupcakes and piñatas, but mid-week we’ve been known to play hooky from school and head up the mountain for a night or two.
I grew up doing week-long ski trips with my family to Big White, Silver Star, Kimberley, Hemlock in BC, and Sunshine Village in AB. I raced slalom as a kid, and got into the kinds of predicaments only the unsupervised kids of the 70’s could. On my ninth birthday I managed to get suspended upside down from a chairlift by the bit of bungee between my ankle and ski (like a surfing leash – this was before skis had brakes).
As an adult I switched from alpine to cross-country – because of a boy. Now that I’m raising my own daughter, I’ve gone back to downhill skiing. We love to do week-long ski trips to family friendly destinations like Sun Peaks at least once a year with our extended family.
Whistler is a winter wonderland even when the village isn’t snowy, but when it is, it’s pure magic. For my daughter and I skiing is only part of the pleasure of a visit. Après-ski is just as important. Getting cozy by a fire, planning where we’re going to have our next great meal, or getting together with new friends met in a ski lesson. If carbs run in your child’s veins, try Trattoria di Umberto, and save room for the Sticky Date & Ginger Pudding.
This ski season, Offspring will be packing her new Unicorn onesie, $29.95 at The Children’s Place. It’s soft and cozy, perfect for curling up with a hot cocoa.
Her new jeans and soft sweater from H&M ($29.99 and $24.99) will be perfect for Whistler après-ski. At age seven you’d think her energy would be limitless, but she needs down time after a day of skiing. Her favorite way to end the day is finding a quiet spot to sit and draw (she’s an aspiring fashion designer).
If you’re looking for family friendly accommodations, check out the all-suite Craftstman-style Westin Resort & Spa Whistler and try to get a room with a fireplace!