The World Ski & Snowboard Festival is now in full swing this week in Whistler!
The first events debuted last night while the rest will be continuing throughout the week. We’re really excited for the return of the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme up on Blackcomb as well as the Big Air contests that are taking place at the base of Whistler for all to enjoy this year. Here’s a quick run down of some of this year’s biggest and most anticipated events:
1) Swatch Art + Soul
Formerly known as State of the Art, the new Swatch Art + Soul event carries on the tradition of showcasing local talent from our very artistic community.
Head to the Whistler Conference Centre between 12-6pm until April 13, 2018 to see an expression of mountain culture, going beyond landscapes and wildlife. With multiple mediums and dimensions, you can expect to see art encompass everything from canvas to skateboards. Leave your expectations at the door while you bask in creativity inspired by nature and sport which holds no boundaries.
2) Multiplicity & Intersection
Multiplicity kicked off the WSSF evening events last night, while Intersection will be taking place on Friday at 8:30pm.
Multiplicity presented by Mountain Life Media, has become a festival favourite, with exciting stories visually presented by explorers, athletes, outdoor thought-leaders, and passionate personalities from the mountain world. Intersection pushes chosen crews of the world’s artistic snow sports visionaries to their limits as they work to shoot, produce and edit a 5-7 minute ski/snowboard film in just 7 days. All footage is required to come from within 100km of Whistler with 75% on-snow and contain 30 seconds of both park footage and in-bound WB terrain.
3) Olympus 72 HR Filmmaker & Pro Photographer Showdowns
You won’t want to miss either of these legendary showdowns…
The OLYMPUS 72hr Filmmaker Showdown is back tonight for another exciting competition of 3-5 minute short films all shot within 100km radius of Whistler over the course of 72 hours. It’s hard to believe these shorts were all filmed and edited in such a small amount of time, and it’s going to be even more difficult to determine a winner. The OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown follows tomorrow evening with a presentation of action sports photography like you’ve never seen before. Enjoy the outcome of four invited photographers, plus one wild card entry, bringing their best to the World Ski & Snowboard Festival and sharing their skill, devotion and unfailing passion.
4) Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme Presented By Kokanee
The world’s steepest ski race is returning after a 15 year hiatus to the WSSF and we couldn’t be more excited to watch athletes compete on Friday and Saturday.
The Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme started back in 1987, bringing out the legends of ski racing, big mountain pros, and a healthy dose of amateur skiers who aren’t afraid to charge. You can watch the race on Blackcomb mountain by taking the Jersey Cream chair up and then looking left towards the Saudan Couloir where skiers and snowboarders will be competing for the fastest time. Whether you’ll be competing, watching, or just hanging in the village, you can commemorate this historic Whistler event by wearing a Skier Pendant!
5) Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships
Entering its 8th year, the Monster Energy Boarderstyle returns for the World finals in the Blackcomb terrain park.
You can wear a Snowboarder Pendant to support your favourite athlete at this year’s World Finals for the Monster Energy Boarderstyle, one of the WSSF’s most exhilarating events. Watch as multiple athletes race and perform freestyle tricks down a technical course with tons of twists and turns on April 13th and 14th!
6) Ski and Snowboard Big Air Contests
This year you’ll be able to watch both the Big Air Ski and Snowboard events from the base of Whistler mountain!
Not only will you get to watch as some of the top ski and snowboard Big Air contestants throwing down some of their biggest and best tricks, but there will also be free outdoor concerts both Friday and Saturday evenings. A Tribe Called Red will be performing on Friday night at 9pm while Jazzy Jeff will DJ Saturday night at 9pm before The END party at the Whistler Conference Centre.
Which event are you most excited to watch at this year’s World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler?