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Ah, the après ski. A tradition with deep roots from the Alps to the Rockies. Is there anything better than spending a day on the slopes with fresh snow, a clear blue sky and warm sunshine followed by an ice-cold beer (or a shot of peach schnapps perhaps)? Don’t miss out on the après experience this winter, and check out five of our favourite après ski locations in the Great White North!

Whistler, BC

Whistler is the big kid on the block. With the most skiable terrain of any resort in North America, Whistler attracts a staggering number of visitors to its slopes every year. To match the crowd, the Whistler Village has developed over the years into one of the most extensive mountain resort villages in the world – with dining, hotel, and entertainment options to fit anyone. Looking to sit in an Adirondack chair with a beer in your hand? The massive patio at the Longhorn Saloon & Grill at the base of the mountain is calling your name. Want to dig in to some pulled pork nachos and listen to live music? Dusty’s at the base of Whistler is just for you, with some of the best BBQ in BC. And if mingling with the locals and practicing your Aussie accent is your thing (there are lots of them in Whistler), then head over to El Furniture Warehouse in the heart of the village and immerse yourself in a true Whistler après. If your après starts to head late into the night, then make sure to make your way to Moe Joe’s, where you won’t be the only one hitting the dancefloor in ski boots!

Mont. Tremblant, QC

Known as the jewel of Quebec, Mont Tremblant has been attracting snow sports enthusiasts for decades. With terrain for all abilities, and a village to match, it’s no wonder that so many people visit every winter Of course, a visit to Tremblant isn’t complete without a stop at the sugar shack, where you can indulge in maple taffy, soft ice cream with maple butter, and other delicious Quebecois treats. After having a few frosty beers at one of the many bars at the base of the mountain, stroll through the village to La Savoie for a traditional raclette dinner, and to sample the numerous beers brewed on-site at their brewpub. To keep the après going strong, head over to Le P’tit Caribou and live the ‘Caribou Experience’ – frequently rated one of the best après-ski bars in North America. Just make sure to grab a beaver tail before you head home!

Big White, BC

This resort located near Kelowna, BC has an enviable reputation of consistent snowfall – and with a 30-year average of 655cm, highlighted by a whopping 889cm in 2013, it’s no surprise that mountain enthusiast flock here every winter. As the powder hounds descend off the mountain, most are looking for a comfortable place to sit down and enjoy a cold beer – and Big White doesn’t disappoint. Snowshoe Sam’s, frequently rated the #1 après ski pub in North America, has been serving skiers and snowboarders alike beverages, food, live music, and great vibes for years. Big White is also known for their family-friendly atmosphere, with daily activities focussed on the whole family available in the village centre mall. And if you’re in the mood to sit around with friends and family to enjoy some great food and conversation in an inviting atmosphere, make sure to make a reservation at Sis Degrees Bistro, a first-class tapas restaurant in the village.

Banff, AB

Ok, so while not technically an ‘après’ spot, Banff is just down the road from Sunshine and Lake Louise, both world-class resorts. Banff is renowned as a natural wonder in Canada, with scenic mountain backdrops that appeal to travellers from all over the globe. In addition to the natural beauty of Banff, the town is well-geared towards entertaining – with over 100 bars, restaurants and nightclubs open until the wee hours of the morning able to provide an unparalleled après experience. No matter what your taste is, Banff is able to provide for it and offer an incredible, truly Canadian après!

Blue Mountain, ON

Just an hour and a half north of Toronto you will find Blue Mountain, a well-developed snow sports haven nestled along the southern edge of Georgian Bay, just outside of the town of Collingwood. With 13 lifts and 42 trails, Blue Mountain has something for everyone. After spending a day on snow, visitors love to relax at the Scandinave Spa, a luxurious Nordic spa experience nestled on 25 acres of pristine Niagara Escarpment land. Sitting in a Nordic waterfall while gazing on the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Niagara Escarpment is a truly special après experience. If the spa isn’t your thing, don’t worry – the village at Blue Mountain has a number of watering holes to quench your thirst after a day on the slopes. A stones throw from the hill is Rusty’s, a well-equipped bar with tons of outdoor space on their patio (and a great dancefloor inside for those that are interested!). On the other side of the village, Jozo’s is a local’s favourite, with cheap pitchers and live music most nights – you’re certain to see more than a few lifty’s and instructors sharing a drink here long after the hills are closed. And hey, if you’re up for it, Blue Mountain also has night skiing – just make sure not to après too much before going back out on the hill!

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TORONTO – November 27, 2014 – Mackenzie Financial Corporation (Mackenzie Investments) is pleased to officially launch its long-term sponsorship of Snow Sports Canada this weekend at the Men’s Downhill and Super G Alpine World Cup at Lake Louise, Alberta followed by the Audi FIS Cross World Cup Ski Cross at Nakiska, Alberta on December 6th, where Mackenzie Investments is supporting sponsor.

“Mackenzie Investments commends the passion for excellence that these top performing athletes bring to their races and we look forward to following their achievements, as well as those of their peers in other snow sports, throughout this season,” said Jeff Carney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mackenzie Investments.

Snow Sports Sponsorship

In September, Mackenzie Investments announced a long-term sponsorship of Snow Sports Canada, providing support to seven premier national snow sport organizations including Alpine Canada, Biathlon Canada, Canada Snowboard, Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, Cross Country Canada, Nordic Combined Canada and Ski Jumping Canada. Mackenzie Investments is also building on its long history of supporting grassroots alpine skiing in its home province through a new five-year partnership with Alpine Ontario. This weekend is the official launch of that sponsorship on the slopes.

Mackenzie Investments is proud to sponsor three-time Olympic downhill racer Manny Osborne-Paradis at Lake Louise this weekend.

“The support of Mackenzie Investments will underpin everything our athletes do to achieve results this season and beyond. We are extremely grateful for this commitment and know it will help advance our competitors to the podium,” said Mark Rubinstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alpine Canada Alpin.

Mackenzie Investments has also entered into an agreement to be presenting sponsor of broadcast coverage of snow sports – including races, interviews and commentary – on CBC, Sportsnet and Ski Television. Key events of the season include:

  • Men’s Downhill and Super G Alpine World Cup, November 29-30, Lake Louise, Alberta
  • FIS Cross World Cup Ski Cross, December 6, Nakiska, Alberta
  • World Cup Moguls January 3, Calgary, Alberta
  • World Cup Moguls February 7, Val Saint-Côme, Quebec
  • Snowboard Jamboree February 20, 21, 22, Quebec City, Quebec
  • NorAm Championships and National Championships Biathlon March 9-15, Hinton, Alberta
  • National Championships Cross Country March 14-21, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Air Nation Freestyle Snowboard Nationals March 25-28, Whistler, British Columbia

For more information, please visit mackenzieinvestments.com

Another winter is just around the corner, and the Snow Sports Canada teams are gearing up for the start of the World Cup season. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five things we can look forward to this winter season.

1.    Canadian Freestyle Ski Team

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The Canadian Freestyle Ski Team had a memorable 2013-’14 season, with medals on the World Cup and Olympic stage. Dara Howell kept the town of Huntsville, Ontario up all night waiting for her slopestyle run at the Sochi Olympics, and she didn’t disappoint, winning the inaugural gold medal in women’s slopestyle skiing. Sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe captured gold and silver, respectively, in the women’s moguls. On the men’s side young gun Michael Kingsbury looks to continue his reign and build on his three overall World Cup titles in Men’s moguls. Make sure to catch the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team this year as they show the world that #weownsnow.

2.    Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup

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Hosting both a super-g and a downhill event, these are the first FIS World Cup speed races of the season, and the only opportunity for Canadian alpine skiers to win on home soil this season! This event kicks off November 29th, with Canadians swarming the finish area to wave Canadian flags and bang cow bells. The Lake Louise downhill was the first non-European downhill course to be named to the prestigious ‘Club 5’, a union of leading alpine ski racing downhill courses. The last time a Canadian took home gold at this event was in 2009 when Manuel Osborne-Paradis won the Super-G race. The best part is, tickets are free!

3.    Canada Winter Games

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Held from February 13th– March 1st, 2015 in Prince George, BC, the Canada Games are a celebration of youth, sports, culture and community bringing together 3,500 athletes, coaches and officials. Originally held in Quebec City in 1967 as a part of Canada’s Centennial celebrations, the Canada Games list many Snow Sports Canada athletes as alumni including Alison Forsyth (Alpine Skiing), Chandra Crawford (Cross Country Skiing) and Jenn Heil (Freestyle Skiing). Check out the Canada Games 2015 homepage here for more information!

4.    Canadian Snow Resorts

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With some of the best mountain playgrounds in the world, people come from all over to experience the Canadian winter. Whistler Blackcomb, located in British Columbia, is the largest ski resort in North America, and home to many Snow Sports Canada athletes, including Manny Osbourne-Paradis, Mike Janyk, Morgan Pridy, Mercedes Nicoll, Marielle Thompson and Yuki Tsubota. Just west of Calgary lies a cluster of world class resorts, including Fernie, Kicking Horse, Lake Louise, Kimberley and Nakiska – all within driving distance of each other. The west doesn’t have it all though – Eastern Canada has some great skiing too, such as Quebec’s Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, home mountain to Alpine Canada athlete and multiple World Cup gold medallist Erik Guay.

5.    World Ski & Snowboard Festival

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The largest annual gathering of winter sports, music, art and culture in the world, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival is a week-long celebration taking place at Whistler Blackcomb. A world-class mountain resort, Whistler Blackcomb is a training hub for Snow Sports Canada athletes thanks in part to the incredible facilities left over from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. You can watch pro skiers and snowboarders such as Jossi Wells and Jesper Tjader throw down during Association of Freestyle Professionals (AFP) World Championship Slopestyle and Big Air events, then catch a free outdoor concert series. To top it all off, Whistler has some of the best restaurants, shopping, and nightlife around. Check out the WSSF here.

To all our Snow Sports Canada athletes, and snow sports participants everywhere, have a great season and enjoy the snow!