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Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

Whistler Pride

From January 21st-28th, Whistler Village will be hosting the 26th annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival. Since Whistler is a huge advocate for inclusivity, this festival is dear to our hearts and we can’t wait to celebrate diversity. Named the No. 1 LBGTQ winter event by gaytravel.com, you’re not going to want to miss the skiing, parties and other events that are held over the week. Here is everything you need to know about the Whistler Pride experience!

History

Celebrating their 26th year, the Whistler Pride and Ski was launched back in 1992 by founder Brent Benaschak. Since then, it has become more than just a festival. In 2012, the mayor recognized it as a civic event and in commemoration of its 25th anniversary, rainbow crosswalks were painted. Sadly, founder Brent Beneschak passed away in 2003 but since then, Gay Whistler CEO Dean Nelson has transformed the event into a full-blown festival, marrying both skiing and non-skiing activities to better suit everyone. 

Skiing

The Whistler Pride Ski Guides can be found at 9:45am every morning at the lightboard next to Peak2Peak. From here, groups of various levels will be formed and set out to begin exploring Whistler Mountain.  With the help of the guides, ski groups will get to meet new friends and ski the terrain that the resort is known for. 

Entertainment

In addition to skiing, the entertainment is sure to knock your socks off! There are world-renowned comedians, DJ’s and of course, parties to experience. 

Night Of Comedy at Whistler Pride And Ski Festival Presented In Part By Delta Air Lines

Experience the laughs brought to you by one of Rolling Stones Best Top 50 Stand Up Comics Of all Time, Margaret Cho. Called wildly funny, this artist is going to have you rolling off your seats. 

Location: Whistler Conference Centre

Date: January 24th | 7pm-10pm

Splash Pool Party 

Listen to the tracks laid down by DJ Rafael Calvente and enjoy a cash bar onsite as you swim/party!

Location: Meadow Park Sports Centre

Date: January 25th | 10pm-2am

8th Annual Pride Ski Parade

Hoist the pride flag along with your fellow skiers and ski together as one down the mountain. At the bottom, join pedestrians and march through the village to Whistler Olympic Plaza. This activity starts in the afternoon so you can get some turns in before hand!

Location: Starts at midstation

Date: January 26th | 3pm-4pm

Snowball26

Featuring THE CUBE GUYS, the Snowball26 is one of the last and best events of Whistler Pride. Dance under the lights and into the early hours of the morning to mega sounds by these Italian DJ’s. 

Location: Whistler Conference Centre

Date: January 27th | 10pm-4am

The Whistler Pride And Ski Festival is more than just a celebration, it is a time to together. With skiing, events and loads of entertainment, it’s one of the biggest and best pride festivals around! 

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