Dining & AprÈs

Exploring Whistler Blackcomb is about much more than glaciers and glades. The mountains serve up fresh local and international cuisine in unique locations. From central and convenient to quiet and tucked away, there are quite literally, a mountain (or two) of options.

THE BIG THREE

Choices abound at these bustling lodges.

  • The Roundhouse Lodge (Whistler) – The biggest restau­rant on either mountain, located at the top of the Whis­tler Village Gondola and near the top of the Emerald and Big Red Express Chairs, and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola terminal. The Roundhouse Lodge offers the most choice with three open food courts: Pika’s, The Mountain Market, and Expressway. From Asian dishes to homemade soups and artisan sandwiches, the Roundhouse Lodge has something for everyone. As well, Seppos Bar serves up casual drinks in a casual atmosphere. No skis required. Sightseers welcome.
  • The Rendezvous Lodge (Blackcomb) – The Rendezvous Lodge is located at the top of the Solar Coaster Express and adjacent to the PEAK 2 PEAK terminal on Blackcomb Mountain. Offering delicious menu items such as Japanese ramen bowls, made to order burritos and tacos, and hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and beef burgers.
  • Glacier Creek (Blackcomb) – A spectacular lodge offering a marketplace-style atmosphere, serving up grill items, Asian foods, famous baked Pemberton potatoes, and much more. Located at the base of Glacier Express and Jersey Cream Express.

Fun Fact: As of winter 2014.2015, all three locations use only naturally raised hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and beef.

FULL SERVICE

Mountain top full service dining in style; no need for cafeteria trays here. Stunning views without the stunning price tag. No skis necessary. Sightseers welcome.

  • Steeps Grill & Wine Bar on Whistler Mountain – Featuring fabulous full service lunches with a taste of BC and a great wine list. Steeps is located up the stairs in the Roundhouse Lodge
  • Christine's on Blackcomb Mountain - Those guests looking to enjoy a fine dining experience in the mountains in the winter and summer can visit the new Christine’s on Blackcomb. Featuring a menu of contemporary Canadian cuisine prepared with ingredients sourced from sustainable and ethical suppliers.

COZY ALPINE HUTS

Ambiance and comfort food is plentiful inside, while jaw dropping views are served up on the decks just outside.

  • The Crystal Hut (Blackcomb) - A cozy log cabin on Crystal Ridge, The Crystal Hut is famous for all-day Belgian waffles, wood-oven baked lunch specialties and phenomenal views from the patio. Recognized by Sunset Magazine in the Top 10 Mountain Top Restaurants, The Crystal Hut can be found at the top of the Crystal Chair on Blackcomb Mountain.
  • Horstman Hut (Blackcomb) – Stews, curries and hearty home-style fare can be found at the Horstman Hut, perched atop Blackcomb Mountain accessed by the Horstman T-bar or 7th Heaven Express. If that isn’t enough, quite possibly one of the most incredible views in the world is served up from the BBQ on the ridge-top deck.
  • Harmony Hut (Whistler) Warm-up with hot cider and refuel for the next epic run in Harmony Bowl or Symphony Amphitheatre. Located at the top of Harmony Express.
  • The Chic Pea (Whistler) – A Mediterranean flavoured menu featuring toasted signature sandwiches, pizza and a great patio BBQ are served up just below the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain. Ski by on Upper Whiskey Jack at the top of the Garbanzo Express.
  • Raven’s Nest (Whistler) – Whistler Blackcomb’s only all vegetarian restaurant! The all plant-based menu features a variety of dishes inspired by the flavours from around the world. Located at the top of the Creekside Gondola. This delicious gem will be open during the summer and winter season, providing a convenient food and beverage location for bikers riding the Creek Zone and skiers looking for something unique.
  • Harmony Snack Shack (Whistler) – A ski-in ski-out kiosk for grab ‘n go snacks for those days when you just can’t stop. Located at the bottom of Harmony Express.
  • Olli’e Grilled Cheese  (Whistler) – A new dining option for guests at Olympic Station on Whistler Mountain, Ollie’s Grilled Cheese stand will be serving up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, fries, soups, espresso and snacks to help skiers and snowboarders fuel up and keep warm during their day on the mountain.

AT THE BASE

While not technically on-mountain, Whistler Blackcomb offers up eating and drinking options at the base of each mountain – a vital ingredient in Whistler’s legendary après ski scene.

  • Garibaldi Lift Company (Whistler Village) The GLC is located at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola and is open for food and drink from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The GLC has been ranked North America’s best mountain bar by SKIING magazine and Top 10 après-ski bar in the world by Forbes Traveler. Don’t miss menu item: lettuce wraps or chicken T&A to share.
  • Merlin’s (Blackcomb) – Merlin’s amazing patio features "Whistler's Best Nachos", great family deals, and spirited après-ski action. Serving up lunch and dinner daily, as well as an energetic night-time atmosphere, Merlin’s is located in an epic location, right at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village.
  • Dusty’s Bar & BBQ (Whistler Creekside) - Whistler’s original watering hole, rocks (and rolls) with après, lunch, dinner and late, late nights. Dusty’s features award-winning authentic barbecue, rockin’ tunes and friendly locals. In the summer, Dusty’s is also the home of the Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships. Insiders Tip: keep your eyes peeled for the Championship Burger, on the menu throughout the year. Add a side of wedges and butt rub mayo and you’ll find your taste buds' heaven.
  • Dusty’s Backside (Whistler Creekside) - Home of the All-day Breakfast! Offers a great lunch menu in a cozy environment. Located at Whistler Creekside inside Dusty’s.
  • The Wizard Grill (Blackcomb) - No better place to start, The Wizard is a friendly place for fresh baking and breakfast bagels for the ride up. This year, wood-fired oven pizza has been added to the lunch menu. Find it at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.
  • Garbo's (Whistler Village) - Fuel up with a latte and a ‘grab n’ go’ breakfast or lunch and snack for the Gondola ride. Located across from the Whistler and Excalibur Gondolas at Essentially Blackcomb in the village.
  • Starbucks Coffee (Whistler Creekside) - Committed to serving the world’s best coffees and the finest coffee experience. Conveniently located near the base of the Creekside gondola.
  • Garbo’s Grill – Located on the Garbo's Patio at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola, Garbo’s Grill specializes in customizable burgers using locally sourced ingredients, hormone and antibiotic free beef and chicken and gluten free and vegetarian options. Garbo’s Grill also offers grab and go breakfast, perfect for the hungry and health conscious skier and rider on the move!

SPECIAL EVENTS

Indulge in a one-of-a-kind dining experience and indulge the stomach and the soul.

  • Fresh Tracks Breakfast (Whistler) - Features an awesome Breakfast Buffet with the best alpine morning glow views around. Enjoy a head start on the fresh corduroy or pristine powder runs with first-up privileges on the Whistler Village Gondola to the Roundhouse Lodge. Operates mid- December through early- April from 7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Tickets available at any Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations desk.
  • Fondue Dinner At Crystal Hut (Blackcomb) – Let Canadian Wilderness Adventures take you on an adventure up Blackcomb Mountain for a cozy and decadent dinner experience. For reservations call 604.938.1616.
  • Mountain Top BBQ Series (Whistler) - A longtime favorite, and memorable mountain top dining experience, returns every summer with two seatings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After a relaxing ride up the Whistler Village Gondola, guests can experience the beauty of Whistler’s alpine at dusk and dine on a gourmet BBQ buffet created by Whistler Blackcomb’s own chefs up at the Roundhouse Lodge. Live music and endless views add to this incredible experience suited for the whole family.
  • Winemakers Après (winter) and Winemakers Dinners (summer) – Special events that take place in Steeps Grill and Wine Bar in the Roundhouse Lodge on select dates. The events feature world class wines paired with a full-course dinner prepared with local-sourced ingredients. In winter or summer, the Winemakers events are a guaranteed feast for the senses.

Commitment to Sustainable Operations in Every Way

Whistler Blackcomb is a company comprised of mountain lovers who interact with nature every day in the very place they live, work and play. As such, there exists a deep, personal relationship between its many employees and the natural environment. These are the relationships that have made Whistler Blackcomb the company that it is today with a commitment to sustainability that extends throughout every aspect of the organization, including the Food & Beverage department.

Environmental initiatives across 18 restaurants include:

  • Providing reusable Coca-Cola cold drink cups and Spirit Bear Coffee mugs instead of single-use cups.
  • Use of reusable dishes and cutlery in serveries.
  • Signage at facilities to create public awareness on recycling and composting.
  • Recycling and composting facilities both in public areas and staff areas.

Through such efforts, Whistler Blackcomb has made significant strides in reducing waste:

Since the year 2000, Whistler Blackcomb has reduced its waste by over 70% (down from 1,250 tonnes to 360 tonnes). This has been accomplished through a variety of different methods that include establishing a protocol in on-mountain restaurants where staff are responsible for sorting all garbage and recycling or composting much of the waste. Whistler Blackcomb recycles over 30 different types of products, including organic packaging and food waste. Whistler Blackcomb has also worked towards a zero waste goal through a number of employee-led initiatives, such as the decision to no-longer print the 100 page Employee Handbook and instead make the content available online. Whistler Blackcomb estimates this initiative saves more than 400,000 sheets of paper annually.

Local Food

In the continued quest for quality, Whistler Blackcomb’s Food and Beverage teams are committed to sourcing the finest in local and regional ingredients, while delivering healthy options and exciting new flavours to valued guests. From locally grown Pemberton potatoes to fantastic BC wines straight from the Okanagan Valley, Whistler Blackcomb’s restaurants use local ingredients as much as possible.

Ocean Wise Seafood Program

Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Sustainable seafood can be defined as species that are caught or farmed in a way that ensures the long-term health and stability of that species, as well as the greater marine ecosystem. Whistler Blackcomb is a proud participant in the Ocean Wise Seafood Program. All fish and seafood served at any of the 17 food and beverage locations comes from a sustainable source.

Spirit Bear Coffee

Coffee with a conscience

Whistler Blackcomb’s partnership with the Spirit Bear Coffee Company is stirring up awareness. Recognizing a need to help protect the endangered Spirit Bears, the organic coffee company not only named their business after them, they have also pledged to donate 5 per cent of net profits towards preservation the Spirit Bear’s home, the Great Bear Rainforest. Spirit Bear Coffee is now being served at all of Whistler Blackcomb’s 17 mountain top restaurants and dining facilities, helping protect these majestic animals, one cup of coffee at a time.

Introduction

Exploring Whistler Blackcomb is about much more than glaciers and glades. The mountains serve up fresh local and international cuisine in unique locations. From central and convenient to quiet and tucked away, there are quite literally, a mountain (or two) of options.

NEW GOURMET GRILLED CHEESE HUT ON WHISTLER MOUNTAIN

This winter, Whistler Blackcomb will introduce a new dining option for guests at Olympic Station on Whistler Mountain. Ollie’s Grilled Cheese stand will be serving up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, fries, soups, espresso and snacks to help skiers and snowboarders fuel up and keep warm during their day on the mountain.

PATIO UPGRADES AT THE ROUNDHOUSE LODGE AND GLC

Patio upgrades to the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain will increase the total patio space to 10,000sq feet and add over 250 new outdoor seats. The upgrades to the Garibaldi Lift Co. at the base of Whistler Mountain will add 90 new heated outdoor seats.

The Rendezvous Lodge Renovation

This is not your average on-mountain lodge. The Rendezvous Lodge underwent a massive renovation and features a sleek new style. Skiers and riders can enjoy freshly prepared menu items such as Japanese ramen bowls, made to order burritos and tacos, and hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and beef burgers in the cafeteria or coffee and baked goods from the conveniently located café.

Christine’s on Blackcomb

For guests in search of a fine dining experience in the mountains, they need not look any further than Christine’s on Blackcomb. With a notable chef at the helm, formerly of Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver, the contemporary Canadian cuisine features ingredients sourced from sustainable and ethical suppliers. Paired with epic mountain views and an extensive reserve wine list that would make any Sommelier blush, Christine’s on Blackcomb has redefined elevated fine dining.

RESERVE WINE LISTS BY SAMANTHA RAHN FROM WHISTLER’S ARAXI RESTAURANT

Whistler Blackcomb’s reserve wine lists at Steeps Grill and Wine Bar on Whistler Mountain and Christine’s on Blackcomb on Blackcomb Mountain were designed by none other than Samantha Rahn. Rahn was the 2013 Sommelier of the Year as decided by the Vancouver International Wine Festival, and the current Wine Director at the award-winning Araxi restaurant in Whistler. Rahn’s selections for the reserve wine lists perfectly complement the menus at Whistler Blackcomb’s two full-service, fine-dining restaurants and elevate the dining experience at those locations for serious wine lovers.

Winemaker AprÈs Series: A feast for the senses

During the winter and summer months Steep's Grill and Wine Bar hosts special evenings featuring British Columbia's best wines paired with locally-sourced culinary delights. Located at the top of Whistler Mountain in the Roundhouse Lodge, this fine dining experience features a five-course meal that showcases fresh local ingredients, incredible views. Each course is paired with five glasses of wine from award winning B.C. wineries – each evening is guaranteed to be a feast for the senses.

RAVEN’S NEST: WHISTLER BLACKCOMB’S VEGAN-FRIENDLY VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

Raven’s Nest, located at the top of the Creekside Gondola on Whistler Mountain is now Whistler Blackcomb’s first ever all vegetarian restaurant and one of the first of its kind at ski resorts in North America. The all plant-based menu features a variety of options inspired by flavours from around the world and also includes some specialty vegan dishes. Carnivores need not worry, the restaurant has a small selection of meat options available for those who ask, however they will not be advertised on the restaurant’s menu boards. The all vegetarian concept for Raven’s Nest was the brainchild of WB Executive Chef, Wolfgang Sterr, who is a vegetarian, and fellow Whistler Blackcomb employee and vegan, Kristine Leise.

A Taste Of The Alps In The Coast Mountains

Wolfgang Sterr joined Whistler Blackcomb as Executive Chef in 2011. Arriving in Whistler fresh from the Bavarian Alps, Chef Sterr brings with him a lifelong passion for food and skiing, combined with a unique knowledge of Italian, French, German and Canadian cuisine. Chef Sterr also shares Whistler Blackcomb's commitment to delivering the highest quality food while focusing on reducing the company's impact on the environment. 

Connected Locally, Reaching Globally

As a world class resort attracting mountain enthusiasts from across the globe, Whistler Blackcomb recognizes the importance of offering a wide variety of unique and high quality on-mountain dining experiences. What better way to resonate with guests from around the world than to introduce them to the finest local and regional ingredients of BC’s South Coast, while focusing on delivering healthy meal options and exciting new flavours? From locally grown Pemberton potatoes to fantastic BC wines straight from the Okanagan Valley, Whistler Blackcomb’s restaurants use local ingredients as much as possible.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Through responsible purchasing, innovative waste solutions and an aggressive composting and recycling program that has reduced the company’s overall garbage by approximately 70 per cent from 2000, Whistler Blackcomb is taking significant strides to one day reach its lofty goal of zero waste at all mountain food and beverage locations.

Legendary AprÈs

A not-to-be-missed tradition in Whistler, ‘après’ comes from the French word meaning "after", and marks the social occasion after skiing (or mountain biking in the summer) when people come together for drinks, food and fun, and to reminisce about the triumphs of the day. And nowhere does après better than Whistler. We don’t exactly know why après in Whistler is so legendary. Maybe it’s because of the high number of après bars and patios nestled at the base of the mountains. Maybe it’s because the pedestrian-only village exudes an atmosphere of camaraderie after an epic day of powder skiing. Maybe it’s because of the undefined ‘vibe’ that transcends the resort, and the mountain high that comes from “giving it” your all. It certainly helps to have the slopeside bars of the Garibaldi Lift Company, Merlins, and Dusty’s and energetic and legendary (in their own right) après entertainers like Guitar Doug and Grateful Greg of The Hairfarmers. Whatever it is, Whistler receives international accolades year after year for its après scene, and the Garibaldi Lift Co. has been voted one of the top ten après bars IN THE WORLD.

Venues are open for lunch and dinner, and offer both child-friendly après, and adult-only nightlife.

Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) is located at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola and is open for food and drink from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The GLC is ranked North America’s best mountain bar by SKIING magazine and Top 10 après-ski bar in the world by Forbes Traveler.

Over at Whistler Creekside, Dusty’s Bar and BBQ, Whistler’s original watering hole, rocks with après, lunch, dinner and late, late nights. Dusty’s features award-winning authentic barbecue, rockin’ tunes and friendly locals. 

Merlin’s Bar and Grill’s amazing patio features “Whistler’s Best Nachos” and spirited après-ski action, serving guests lunch and dinner, daily, in a great location at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the Upper Village.

The Fresh Tracks Secret

Another not-to-be-missed tradition in Whistler is the Fresh Tracks Breakfast on Whistler Mountain. Peek out of your hotel room into Skiers Plaza to observe a line-up of over-zealous powder hounds waiting to load the gondola as early as 6:45am. Ask any local and get the tip of the trip: on big powder days, head up to the Roundhouse Lodge for a hearty “Fresh Tracks” breakfast, then hit the mountain first to claim all that untouched powder for your own. When it’s not a powder day, nothing beats a crisp clear morning with the sun rising over the mountain peaks, and miles of fresh corduroy to carve up first.

The Fresh Tracks Breakfast, features an awesome Breakfast Buffet, fresh corduroy or pristine powder with first-up privileges on the Whistler Village Gondola to the Roundhouse Lodge. Fresh Tracks runs December through April with uploading starting at 7:15 a.m. Tickets are available at any Guest Relations desk. Buy your ticket the day before and arrive early to line up; Fresh Tracks capacity is 600 and tickets do sell out. You’ve been warned.