March 29, 2017

THE BUTCHART GARDENS ‘BANS THE BOTTLE’

Move will eliminate 80,000 single-use plastic water bottles each year from the environment

March 22nd, 2017 Victoria, B. C. – In recognition of World Water Day, The Butchart Gardens has removed the sale of all single-use plastic water bottles as an extension of their existing environmental practices. Instead, The Gardens is encouraging visitors to bring their own water bottles to fill at one of four double-filtered water stations located around The Gardens. Each water station boasts a drinking fountain, bottle filler and a doggy water dish.

“With this initiative we aim to drive awareness of the serious threat plastic poses to our environment, in particular single-use plastic water bottles,” [Read more…]

Event Tickets for World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler Now on Sale

World Ski and Snowboard Festival 2017Event tickets for the 2017 World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) are available for purchase online at wssf.com. With the Festival being nearly a month away, the countdown to the most anticipated party of the year starts now. WSSF celebrates all things mountain culture and perfectly showcases the resort’s diverse personality and energy.

WSSF will take place April 7 to April 16, 2017. Ticketed events include:

  • The 9th Annual Invitational Roller Derby Bout, two roller derby bouts featuring Whistler’s Apex Pistols and Vancouver’s Smokin’ Laces and new this year, two of the top 10 men’s teams from the 2016 World Championships – The Vancouver Murder and Puget Sound Outcasts will comp [Read more…]

Season Passes and EDGE Cards for 2017-2018 Season at Whistler Blackcomb Now Available

Jonathan Hadley on Whistler Mountain.

Jonathan Hadley on Whistler Mountain.

Lock in the guaranteed best deal, combined with the best benefits, on a 2017-2018 Season Pass or EDGE Card with just $49 (plus GST) down through Sunday, April 9

  • Now Unlimited Season Passes and EDGE Cards include ski benefits at U.S. destinations such as Vail, Park City, and Breckenridge
  • In addition, the 2017-2018 Epic Pass is now on sale and provides unlimited, unrestricted access to Whistler Blackcomb and 13 of the world’s best ski and snowboard destinations in Canada, the U.S. and Australia, as well as limited access to 30 European resorts

Whistler Blackcomb today announced its lineup of Season Passes and EDGE Cards for the 2017-2018 winter season. Guests looking to exclusively ski or snowboard Whistler Blackcomb next winter can do so with the Unlimited Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass. For just CAD$1,229 pass holders receive unrestricted and unlimited [Read more…]

Walk Off The Earth and Keys N Krates to Headline 2017 World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC

World Ski and Snowboard Festival 2017Ozomatli, Busty and the Bass, Busta Rhymes, Swollen Members and Grandson Also Scheduled to Perform in the Fido Outdoor Concert Series

he World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) has announced artists for the Fido Outdoor Concert Series in Whistler this April. Canadian heroes, Walk Off The Earth and Keys N Krates will be playing free shows at Skier’s Plaza, at the base of Whistler Mountain, on the Fido Main Stage.

Walk Off The Earth will capture fans attention with their authentic song writing and upbeat sound on Saturday, April 8th. The eccentric 5-piece band from Burlington, Ontario, are always finding new ways to keep their music fresh with the collaboration of rock, reggae, pop and folk vibes. Attendees will be wildly entertained and dancing along to the unique sound of Walk Off The Earth at WSSF.

Known for their trance, deep house music, Keys N Krates prides themselves on how well their music translates from in the studio to performing live. They are guaranteed to blow away attendees with their technical sounds. Keys N Krates will be bringing the Fido Main Stage to life on [Read more…]

Whistler Blackcomb Named #1 Ski Resort in North America for Third Straight Year

Whistler Blackcomb logo29th Annual SKI Magazine Resort Survey Places Whistler Blackcomb Back On The Podium

For the third consecutive year, the SKI Magazine Resort Survey has named Whistler Blackcomb as the No. 1 Overall Ski Resort in North America. Whistler Blackcomb has held this title four times in the last five years and has also consistently scored high for terrain variety, off-hill activities, lodging and après. With approximately 15,000 people surveyed, the SKI Magazine Resort Survey is the most comprehensive survey of its kind.

“Our vision at Whistler Blackcomb is to be the No. 1 mountain resort in the world,” says Dave Brownlie, President and CEO at Whistler Blackcomb. “We consider SKI Magazine’s No. 1 ranking three years in a row a massive victory towards making that a reality. Whistler as a community is dedicated to providing an outstanding guest experience and it’s nice to see the public opinion reflecting these efforts.” [Read more…]

NEW SKI AND SNOWBOARD EVENTS ADDED TO THE 2016 WORLD SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL IN WHISTLER, BC

World Ski and Snowboard Festival logoIFSA North American Junior Freeride Championships And Gibbons Style Session Join Event Lineup Alongside Returning Monster Boarderstyle World Championships

WHISTLER, BC April 5, 2016 – New for 2016, the IFSA North American Junior Freeride Championships and the Gibbons Style Session make their inaugural mark on the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) event schedule. The Monster Energy Boarderstyle returns to WSSF with a fresh new look which translates into the Monster Boarderstyle World Championships. As always, the on-mountain events will draw some of the top ski and snowboard athletes from North America and around the world to Whistler. [Read more…]

Whistler Blackcomb to Host Never Ever Days for New Skiers April 9 & 10

Whistler Blackcomb logo300 Adults New To Skiing/Snowboarding Can Purchase a Lesson, Lift Ticket, Rental Gear & Après For Only $25

The extremely popular Never Ever Days program is back at Whistler Blackcomb for its springtime debut. Never Ever Days give adults who want to learn to ski or snowboard the opportunity to give it a try. For only $25 participants receive rentals, a lift ticket, a lesson, and the all-important après. The program runs on April 9 and 10, coinciding with the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF), and is open to all British Columbia and Washington State residents ages 19+. There are 150 packages available for each day and it does sell out quickly. [Read more…]

Whistler Blackcomb Looking to Get Photographers, Filmmakers, Artists and Volunteer Involved in the 2016 World Ski and Snowboard Festival

The 2016 World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is a 10 day and night showcase of some of the best of mountain culture, music, arts and snow sports. With an action-packed lineup of events, there is no denying that WSSF requires a lot of helping hands to ensure that Whistler’s favourite festival is executed smoothly. 
Go Behind the Scenes
On average, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival sees over 400 volunteers lend a helping hand to ensure that WSSF is the best 10 days of the year. Volunteers get a behind-the-scenes perspective of the largest annual celebration of snow sports and music in North America. Volunteer opportunities exist in all aspects of WSSF, ranging from on-mountain ski and snowboard events to the Fido Outdoor Concert Series at the Main Stage in Skiers Plaza. Those interested in lending a helping hand

at WSSF this April can register online at www.wssf.com/Volunteer.

Action Sports Filmmakers
Intersection returns to the Festival for its sixth year, continuing the progression of action sports filmmaking. Participating crews are required to shoot, edit and produce a five to seven minute ski or snowboard film, within 100km of Whistler, BC, all within a 7-day period. Up to eight spots are available for ski and snowboard film crews. The selected crews will battle it out for the grand prize of $10,000. Interested film crews need to submit expressions of interest no later than February 19, 2016. More information about Intersection at WSSF is available at www.wssf.com/Intersection.
Action Sports Photographers
The OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown is the preeminent action sports photography event in the world. In previous years, an esteemed review panel has selected and invited the top action sports photographers to compete, with no pre-submission required. In 2016, four photographers will be invited, with one spot reserved for a Wild Card Entry. All five photographers will go head-to-head for the grand prize of $10,000. The deadline for the Wild Card Entry is March 1, 2016. Photographers interested in submitting for the Wild Card Entry can find all the rules and regulations at www.wssf.com/Olympus-Pro-Photographer-Showdown.
Filmmakers and Masterful Minds Behind the Lens
The OLYMPUS 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown levels the creative playing field by eliminating post-production trickery, exotic locations and big budget advantages. Filmmakers are tasked to shoot, edit and produce a three to five minute short film within 100km of Whistler over the course of 72 hours. New this year, filmmakers who complete their online registration by 5pm on Monday, March 21, 2016, will be entered into a draw to win a Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Shotgun Microphone. The top six to ten films will be selected as finalists to be shown at the Gala Screening in Whistler, BC, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. One winner will be crowned Best of Show with the grand prize of over $10,000 in cash and prizing. Filmmakers who feel up to the challenge can register online at www.wssf.com/Olympus-72-Hour-Filmmaker-Showdown.
Calling All Artists
State of the ART is a creative mix of mountain culture and artistic minds that showcases international and local talent alike. The gallery is set up in the Grand Foyer of the Whistler Conference Centre for the entire 10 days of WSSF and is free admission from noon until 6pm every day. The gallery will also be open in the evening to ticketed attendees of WSSF events happening in the Whistler Conference Centre. Artists interested in participating in State of the ART need to submit by February 25, 2016. Online submission available at www.wssf.com/State-of-the-ART.
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The World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is produced by Watermark Communications, a Whistlerbased event production & communications company, and presented in partnership with Tourism Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb. Having grown over 21 years into the largest annual celebration of snow sports and music in North America, WSSF is a 10 day and night showcase of some of the best of mountain culture, music, arts and snow sports. Featuring the largest annual free outdoor concert series in Canada, ski and snowboard competitions, photography and film showcases, and spring skiing at Whistler Blackcomb, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival is the poster child for the ultimate ski and snowboard festival experience. In blazing the way for the youth of tomorrow, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival embodies the mantra: ‘Party in April. Sleep in May.’

2nd Annual GoPro GoShow Presented by Whistler Blackcomb Returns to Go Fest Whistler May 17

GoShowPosterThe GoPro GoShow presented by Whistler Blackcomb will return for its second year on May 17 during Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest). This year, instead of inviting professional filmmakers to compete at the event, Whistler Blackcomb has invited six professional athletes to show off their artistic sides and take on the role of both filmmaker and producer.

“There are so many talented athletes in Whistler who are really skilled at using GoPro cameras to showcase their adventures,” says Chris McLeod, Industry, Film and Communications Supervisor at Whistler Blackcomb. “We have some exciting names confirmed to participate so far and we are looking forward to seeing their creativity shine during multisport season here in Whistler.”

The competing athletes will be required to produce and submit a three to five minute video shot entirely using GoPro cameras. The videos must capture the essence of May in Whistler and need to include action shot on snow, dirt and water. Each athlete will be given a GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition Camera on the evening of May 13 and will be able to start filming their videos immediately. Completed videos must be submitted by 7:45am on May 17. Additionally, 25 per cent of the film must be shot on Whistler Blackcomb terrain and the remainder must be shot within the boundaries of the northernmost point of Pemberton and the southernmost point of Squamish.

Each of the videos will be played in front of a panel of judges and a crowd at the Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) on May 17. The athlete whose video wins Best In Show will take home the $2000 grand prize and the title of GoPro GoShow Champion. Competing athletes will be announced through Whistler Blackcomb’s social media channels later this week.

The GoPro Go Show presented by Whistler Blackcomb is free to attend with doors opening at 7pm and the show beginning at 8pm. There will be an after party at the GLC following the event featuring music from DJ Kori K.

More information about the GoPro GoShow presented by Whistler Blackcomb is available at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/events-calendar.

Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/deals_packages  or call 1-888-403-4727.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. North America’s premier four season mountain resort, Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which combined offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receives on average over 1,164 centimetres (458 inches) of snow annually, and one of the longest ski seasons in North America. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

Torin Yater-Wallace and Annalisa Drew Win Men’s and Women’s World Skiing Invitational Halfpipe Finals at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler BC

On the final day of the World Skiing Invitational (WSI) at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) in Whistler, BC, it was Torin Yater-Wallace and Annalisa Drew who took the wins in the men’s and women’s Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Tour Halfpipe Finals.

WSSF Mens 2015 Halfpipe AWARDSThe stacked men’s field put on an impressive show on Blackcomb Mountain, but it was Yater-Wallace (USA) whose huge amplitude and smooth style earned him a score of 94.00 for first place and an $8,000 cheque.  In second place, earning $4,500, was Lyman Currier (USA) with a score of 88.67, and rounding out the podium in third place for $2,000 was Byron Wells (NZL) with a score of 87.67.

WSSF Women's 2015 Halfpipe AWARDSAnnalisa Drew (USA) led the charge on the ladies side with a score of 90.33, landing her on top of the podium with a $5,000 cheque. In a close second with a score of 88.33 was Keltie Hansen (CAN), taking home $3,000 and in third place earning $1,500 was Devin Logan (USA) with a score of 80.33.

The crowd favorite and rider-judged Superhit event closed out the day of competition in the Halfpipe where Keltie Hansen (CAN) and Alex Ferreira (USA) took the crowns with their amplitude and technicality out of the pipe. To add to her successful day, Hansen grabbed the first place prize of a Giant XTC bike and Sennheiser Momentum headphones. Ferreira launched out of the halfpipe to take the win in the men’s division, earning him a Giant Anthem bike and Sennheiser Momentum headphones.

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The World Ski & Snowboard Festival has a brand new mobile app called WSSF Live. It is available for FREE in the App Store for Apple and Android phones.

The World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) is produced by Watermark Communications, a Whistler‐based event production & communications company, and presented in partnership with Tourism Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb. April 2015 will mark the 20th annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival and will celebrate how the event has grown over the years into the largest annual winter sports and music festival in North America. WSSF is a 10 day and night showcase of the best of snow sports, music, arts and mountain culture. Featuring major professional ski and snowboarding competitions, the largest annual free outdoor concert series in Canada, photography and film showcases, and spring skiing at Whistler Blackcomb, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival is the poster child for the ultimate ski and snowboard festival experience. In blazing the way for the youth of tomorrow, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival embodies the mantra: ‘Party in April. Sleep in May.’