A Survival Guide for the Aussie Ski Bum

Let’s face it, skiing is an expensive sport and ski resorts are ridiculously expensive places to live. If you don’t know where to go to budget your expenses, you could run out of money in the first few days so when I say ‘Shoestring” I really mean ‘Bootlace”.

But don’t despair, we have researched and collated a list of places you can go to get the best deals in Whistler and stretch that dollar a little further. I will preference this by saying that there is nothing really cheap in Whistler but this list is some of the more reasonable places to hang out.

Cheap Pubs

Dubh Linn Gate – Irish Pub

This is my favourite pub in Whistler. Great atmosphere and they have live music every weekend.

By the end of the evening and I’ve put to bed a few Guinesses and the crowd is going off, I expect to hear “Am I Ever Going To See Your Face Again” by the Angles, but alas it never happens.  Maybe one day I’ll suggest it.


Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub

Brewhouse- Whistler Village

One of the busiest and best pubs in the village but has a great range of boutique beers.  Not overly cheap but good fun.

This is one of my favourite spots for Apres Ski drinks.  Great atmosphere and selection of beers.


Creekbread – Creekside

You can get a pizza and $10 pitchers (jugs) of beer.

Organic wood fired pizza with locally sourced local organic ingredients makes this a popular spot in Whistler.  Gets really busy on weekends so get in early.


Rolands – Creekside

A favourite with the mountain staff.  Look out for food and drink specials especially the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.

This is a popular spot with the locals and has cozy local pub atmosphere.  One of my favourite spots to watch sports (mainly ice hockey) and re-hydrate with a few ales and escape the madness of the crowds.


Cheap Eats

El Furniture Warehouse – Whistler Village (El Furny)

Every thing on th menu is $5.00 CAD.  From burgers to Perogies and everything inbetween.  Can be a bit of a line up to get in on weekends and during peak times.

El Ferny has an almost grunge atmosphere with skis and snowboards nailed to the walls but it is centrally located in Whistler Village and despite the cheapness of the meals, the quality and amount is surprisingly good.   Our kids really love coming here too.


El Furniture Warehouse

Splitz Grill – Whistler Village

Serving ‘American Cuisine’ aka a ‘Burger Joint’, Splitz is famous for great burgers at a reasonable prices.  Try a Bison Burger if you want something really different and meaty.

You basically build your own burger starting with with a base and adding all the extras you want.  Bring an appetite!

Splitz Grill

Fat Tony’s Pizza – Whistler Village

A popular spot for grabbing a quick bite to eat when on the go.  You can also buy pizza by the slice which makes it a great place to call into when you have a skin full and trying to navigate your way home.

Best of all, it’s pretty cheap.

Fat Tony's Pizza

Tacos La Cantina – Whistler Village

This one has mixed reviews on Trip Advisor but is good for a quick bite to eat on the cheap. Lots of taco options for $3.50 which are cheap, fresh and friendly.  The tacos come served on plastic plates with greasproof newspaper which gives it a cheap and casual atmosphere.

Tacos la Cantina

South side Diner  – Creekside

Best breakfast in Whistler and gets serves with a healthy helping of attitude which makes it all the more fun. This is a popular spot for locals and tourists and a must for us each time we visit.

Its usually the Mr. Piggy breakfast and a Caesar to kick start the bod after a big night out.   Really sets you up for the rest of the day.

Southside Diner

Peaked Pies – Whistler Village

If you are feeling a bit homesick then there are Aussie pies in Whistler village at Peaked Pies to get your fix of a ‘dogs eye and dead horse”.  Great idea is to pick up a couple on the way home from skiing and heat them up back at your pad for a cheap and satisfying meal.  The pies are baked fresh daily and are really good.

Bonus!   You can even buy Snot Blocks (Vanilla Slice) there as well.



Peaked Pies

Cheap Accommodation

Ha ha ha… you must be joking!

HI Whistler – Whistler

One of the best options for cheaper accommodation is the HI Whistler hostel which was part of Whistlers athlete’s village for the 2010 Olympic Games and is one of the best budget options going.

It’s a little way out of the village but it’s only $2.50 by bus to get you to and from Whistler.

HI Hostel Whistler

This post is a work in progress.  If you hear of any places that we have left off the list, please let us know.