Daily Archives: January 2, 2018

The Whistler Scene | Best patios in winter

02Jan

Like nearly everything in Canada, Whistler’s thriving patio scene isn’t dependent on the temperature. In fact, things are particularly alive in the cool mountain air of winter, when residents and visitors alike flock to the village’s numerous patios for après. Here’s our guide to the best of those patios.

 

THE ROOFTOP PATIO.

The fact that Whistler Village has to sheepishly wag its head when asked if it sports any rooftop patios is going to change in 2018 when we open The Rooftop Patio, offering elevated après right in the centre of the village.

Our third floor rooftop patio will be a smaller version of The Living Room, our design-forward interior bar + lounge + cafe on our second floor, and will feature a small bar, standing counter and sensational views up to snow-capped peaks and down over the pedestrian-only Stroll to Village Square.

Here you’ll be able to warm your inner soul (and your body) under a patio heater with a (Baileys-infused) gourmet hot chocolate, or anything else from our full bar. This is going to be a game-changer, and with its limited capacity it’s going be kept a secret by locals for as long as they can.

 

LONGHORN SALOON & GRILL.

Whistler’s largest patio bar is home to the infamous Bulldog cocktail – an inverted Corona beer stuck deep in a mini pitcher of lime margarita. If you’re hitting up the Longhorn make sure you’re ready for an epic après – the Longhorn does not do low key. This huge patio with outdoor firepits and signature yellow umbrellas is a favourite with locals and visitors – you’ll understand why as soon as you grab a seat front-and-centre at the base of Whistler Mountain.

 

GARIBALDI LIFT CO. BAR & GRILL (GLC).

The GLC, as it’s more commonly known, is perched right on Whistler’s shoulder in Skier’s Plaza and offers front row seats for watching skiers and snowboarders gliding into the Village. A recent renovation that introduced outdoor firepits on the GLC’s side patio overlooking Skier’s Plaza has created a buzzing lounge vibe. This patio mainstay ups the ante on typical après fare – think epic nachos served with fresh homemade guacamole, an impressive selection of local and imported beers, and their signature appetizer, “Sex Cheese”.

 

BASALT WINE + SALUMERIA.

This patio is mid-stream on Village Stroll, across the way from Pangea, and really shines once the night gets going. Basalt’s cocktails aren’t just mixed, they are crafted, and there’s a unique urban vibe to the space. You don’t want to miss their exceptional cured meat and cheese platter.

 

Stay tuned to our blog and social media channels for more insight and more tips and tricks to experiencing the best of the unique mountain town of Whistler on a budget.

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How to get to Whistler (on the cheap)

02Jan

So, you need a quick and convenient way to get to the world’s greatest ski resort without blowing your budget? No problem. There are a number relatively inexpensive ways to get here, all of which can be booked in advance (we always recommend doing this – without a seat reserved you could end up forking out for private transport or a beige hotel room in Vancouver).

Here we present the various transport options for the 125km ride from Vancouver to Whistler…  

WHISTLER RIDES.

Whistler Rides

Pangea’s partnership with Whistler Rides makes this your most affordable way to get to (and from) Whistler – use coupon code PANGEAVIPGUEST (case sensitive, use ALL CAPS) for the lowest rates (only available to Pangea guests).

YVR SKYLYNX.

YVR Skylynx is a reliable option if you’re wanting to travel to Whistler directly from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), though this convenience comes at a cost ($59 at time of writing if booked at least 3 days in advance). The service runs via downtown Vancouver, so you can also catch the bus from there if you’re already in the city. Doing so will save you over $30 on your ticket – which, if you’re arriving at the airport and are serious about saving money, makes it incredibly tempting to take the SkyTrain / “Canada Line” ($5-8) to Vancouver City Centre Station and walk 7 minutes to the departure point at Burrard Station from there (see map below).

SNOWBUS.

Bringing your own ski gear to Whistler? Check out Snowbus, which unlike mainstream operators does not charge luggage fees. Nor do they have cancellation fees, which is handy if you need a little flexibility. Other perks include free wifi, free protein bars, and a free drop-off at Vancouver International on your return (unfortunately Snowbus can’t offer an airport pick-up). Services run up to three times a day in winter (with multiple Vancouver pick-up locations) and cost $38 – though fares have been seen on the Snowbus website for as little as $24 one-way and $35 return. We recommend booking your tickets around November or early December for the best deals.

EPIC RIDES.

Epic Rides offer epic value for money, especially if you’re bringing a mountain bike to Whistler. One-way tickets are a bargain at $24, and they’ll take your MTB for free! They run 6 services a day in summer. Pick-up locations in Vancouver are numerous – check out epicrides.ca for more details.

WHISTLER SHUTTLE.

How about a little commentary on the way to your destination? With Whistler Shuttle’s transfer service, you’ll get a guided tour from your driver as well as a very comfortable ride in a premium vehicle. This is another good option if you want to travel direct from the airport, particularly as their shuttles have no set departure times; they wait for you to arrive, even checking your flight status to see if you’re delayed. Of course, this level of service comes at a higher cost than your average bus, but it does give you some peace of mind.

RIDEBOOKER.

All of the operators above utilise their own fleet of vehicles. Ridebooker, on the other hand, harnesses the power of multiple fleets, including some of the above from downtown Vancouver to Whistler, even at the last minute. They do this by filling the empty seats on services run by various companies, making this a seriously compelling option if you don’t mind which operator you end up getting.

AND FROM THE BUS TO US!

All buses and shuttles drop off at the Gateway Loop, which is a 2 minute (160 m) walk from Pangea. Head up the pedestrian-only Village Stroll toward the gondolas for 1 block, and you’ll find Pangea on your left-hand-side!

Stay tuned to our blog and social media channels for more insight and more tips and tricks to experiencing the best of the unique mountain town of Whistler on a budget.

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