As a young teenager Sunday mornings were spent with the family having breakfast and watching re-caps from Whistler’s Legendary Ski and Snowboard Festival. We enjoyed watching the competitions, the half pipe, the big air and the concerts showing everyone having a great time. I dreamed of one day being there experiencing such an amazing festival.
Years later I found myself living in Whistler and found out that all the excitement and energy captured on TV was just a drop in the bucket compared to what the festival was really about! It’s absolutely a great time full of ski and snowboard events, but this 10 day festival is so much more. The World Ski and Snowboard Festival brings out the best in mountain culture; this festival showcases the best in Film, Photography, Fashion and the Arts as well as the amazing Sports Competitions that blow your mind like the famous Big Air!
Whistler Village comes alive and unbelievable talent comes together to showcase what this little town is about. Here are some festival highlights to take in this April:
Film: The Filmmaker Showdown is a one of a kind event where contestants get 72 hours to create a film and edit it for a cash prize of $10,000! If you can’t get tickets to this event you can always see the runners up of with the 2nd Cuts 72hr screening, or the ENCORE to the winning event! These events are a great way to spend the evening.
Photo: There is a saying “A photo can say a thousand words” and there is nothing more moving and captivating than this event. A slideshow showcasing the best photographers from around the globe and their best photos of intriguing places, the characters they met on their journey and sports.
The Arts: There is a little unknown secret in Whistler; our arts community is full of inspiring artists. You can see their masterpieces and even purchase an original one of a kind souvenir at the Whistler Conference Center. Local artists’ masterpieces will be displayed daily throughout the festival and it’s free for all ages to enjoy.
Concerts: Après at the base of the mountain with live music! Take in the vibe and enjoy the entertainment daily at 2:30 and 4:00pm. Still a work in progress but some of the big names for this year are Swollen Members and K-OS!
Sports Competitions: The Big Air and Slopestyle competitions will be sure to impress and amaze you! Each weekend has a Big Air Competition where the jump is so insanely huge your adrenaline will be at an all time high just watching everyone compete. Slopestyle takes place on Blackcomb Mountain in the Terrain Park. This means when the ski and snowboard festival is here this park is mind blowing.
If there is one thing to experience in your lifetime it would be a thriving Whistler Village during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. Come celebrate the end of a great season, enjoy the spring skiing and take in the best Ski & Snowboard Festival ever. The festival this year runs April 12 – 21st for more information and to purchase tickets visit www.wssf.com.