If the town of Whistler had a prom, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival would be it.
WSSF coincides with the end of yet another season of skiing and snowboarding. The festival provides one final opportunity to send winter off with a bang. The sports, the shows, the competitions, the parties – it’s 10 days of snow-fuelled madness, and you’d be crazy to miss it.
Ideally, you would devote the period from April 10 to 19 in its entirety to all things World Ski and Snowboard Festival. If that simply is not feasible, we’ve narrowed down the single event we think is worth checking out for each day of the festival.
Friday, April 10
Check Out: State of the Art Opening Party
Free to attend, the State of the Art opening party is equally about checking out the work of our talented local visual artists and bumping into old friends you haven’t seen in ages.
Saturday, April 11
Check Out: Gibbons Big Air
Grab your skis or snowboard and head up the mountain towards Blackcomb’s Nintendo Terrain Garden. This is where you’ll catch the infamous Big Air competition. Trust us – the tricks look even crazier in person.
Sunday, April 12
Check Out: MULTIPLICITY
The mountains are a breeding ground for some very inspiring people. MULTIPLICITY features eight speakers, each sharing a story, lesson, or idea born from their adventures in the mountain.
Monday, April 13
Check Out: Girls Gettin’ It Done Movie Night
Two of the top ski and snowboard films released this season – Pretty Faces and The Little Things – were spearheaded by some very talented women, hence the “Girls Gettin’ It Done” theme of WSSF’s latest even, Movie Night. If you haven’t had a chance to check out these flicks, now’s the time to do it.
Tuesday, April 14
Check Out: Whistler Comedy Showdown
In the weeks leading up to WSSF, local comedians have been competing to earn a spot in the Whistler Comedy Showdown. Check out the best of the best and see who wins the showdown.
Wednesday, April 15
Check Out: Olympus 72 Filmmaker Showdown
A WSSF classic, this is a film festival like you’ve never seen before. Film crews (mostly amateur) had 3 days to film and edit a short movie, and now it’s time to see those that made the cut. The Filmmaker Showdown isn’t necessarily ski and snowboard films – we’ve seen everything from silent films to comedies to dramas to films that simply cannot be categorized.
Thursday, April 16
Check Out: Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown
When five of the world’s best action sports photographers assemble in one place to showcase their respective portfolios, you know you’re in for a mountain-filled treat. This show typically sells out, deservedly so – pick up your tickets sooner rather than later.
Friday, April 17
Check Out: Intersection
We’re lucky to have some of the world’s best mountains in our own backyard, and the Intersection film competition is all about showcasing those marvelous monoliths. This ski and snowboard flick showdown is a rowdy good time.
Saturday, April 18
Check Out: The End
You can’t get the full WSSF experience without checking out a few parties along the way. The End is the party to end all parties – literally and figuratively.
Sunday, April 19
Check Out: MSTRKRFT
All of the concerts during WSSF are well worth checking out (and they’re all free, so why wouldn’t you?), but MSTRKRFT in particular is generating a lot of buzz. It’s going to be a good show.
For details including locations, times, schedules, and tickets, head to the official World Ski and Snowboard Festival website.