Amid the snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains lies Alberta. The ski resorts in Alberta are world-renowned for the quality and extent of their runs. Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper all offer their visitors feather-light powder, rarely seen wildlife and stunning mountain scenery. These are the top places for après-ski with kids in the Rockies.
The Brewster family were among the earliest pioneers in the Banff region. Today, they run the Barbeque and Dance Barn, offering up true Canadian hospitality in the form of Western-themed entertainment and enough barbeque to feed even the hungriest skier. Try the ‘Hip of Beef’ family speciality. A 30-40 pound cut of Alberta beef specially rolled and aged before being basted in large barbeque ovens. Roasts are individually carved and transported by ‘pitchfork’ to the buffet tables. There are various additional performance options available, e.g. Gunfighters Western Stunt Shows, horseshoe pits and a mechanical calf roping horse.
This Bavarian-style cottage in the Fairmont is very homely. It is a popular après-ski location among both visitors and locals. After building up an appetite on the slopes, indulge yourself in authentic Alpine cuisine. From schnitzel to duck rillettes in Bavarian mustard. The fondues are also very popular, with the menu options ranging from classic cheese to shaved black truffle and Alberta beef. A special children’s menu puts a spin on traditional German food with Wiener schnitzel and chicken with spaetzle; a quintessentially southern German dish of egg noodle and dumplings.
This dramatic evening spectacular will allow you and your family to experience the mountain ‘after hours’. Take the last ride of the day on the Grizzly Gondola to enjoy appetisers at the Whitehorn Lodge. Your ski and snowboard instructor will escort you down a freshly groomed run to the Sitzmark Lounge, where a buffet awaits you. There’s a bus service to take you back to your Lake Louise or Banff Hotel at the end of the evening.
Jasper’s national park has an excellent choice of family-friendly activities away from the slopes, from ice walks along the Maligne Canyon to dog sled tours. Build up an appetite then head to the Downstream Bar and Grill. This casual eatery specialises in North American food. Kids will appreciate the Burger Menu. Be adventurous and try Canadian options such as the sirloin elk steaks. Try the spicy tandoori chicken or smoked Muscovy duck. Homemade tortes and ice cream are a delicious way to conclude an energetic day of skiing.