By Heather Burke, for Boston.com
Have you been watching Après Ski on Bravo? The new reality ski series debuted in November, so now we are half a dozen episodes deep in the ski resort drama – absent much skiing. Confession: I am hooked on this ridiculous show filmed at Whistler Blackcomb in Canada even though it has little to do with skiing or snowboarding. From the network that brings us Housewives from all over (ladies – I use that term loosely – who spend foolish money and full episodes complaining and cat fighting), now Bravo brings a ski series with minimal skiing on the mountain. It’s like Below Deck; another show with so much potential – following the crew on a magnificent yacht from charter to charter, but instead of focusing on fabulous ports of call and the logistics of yacht chartering – its crew bickering.
The premise of the show Après Ski is a ski resort concierge service that caters to high-maintenance clientele in the high alpine, wealthy folk who demand extraordinary experiences with Whistler as their pay-to-play playground. So far the concierge cast has entertained cougars who want spa treatments via snowcat, acrophobic millionaires having meltdowns on the Peak to Peak gondola, bobsledding lubed with Champagne, and a never-ever skier that insists on skiing (read: falling) with an Olympian.
Still, I am watching #ApresSki for the opening footage of Whistler Blackcomb and the rare skiing clips. Having skied Whistler 20 year ago – its stellar and vast – I am amazed to see Whistler Village has expanded exponentially since my visit when it was just a handful of hotels and bars.
My hope for the show, my excuse for continuing to tune in Monday at 10pm, is for serious powdery descents with extreme pro skier Linsey Dyer – one of the few legit cast members. Jim, the snowboarder dude, is also itching to get clients on the hill – preferable with pretty Linsey. Bring on the high-end heli-skiing followed by a geothermal spring in the gorgeous Garibaldi Mountains of British Columbia. Otherwise this drama may go downhill fast without much time on the snowy slopes of Whistler.
See you on the slopes.
By Heather Burke