World Ski and Snowboard Festival 2018: What’s Hot, New, and Making a Comeback

World Ski and Snowboard Festival 2018: What’s Hot, New, and Making a Comeback

Big Air Crowd Shot from Whistler Mountain - Photo Credit Mike CraneSix jam-packed days of snow sports, music, arts, and mountain culture coming together April 10-15, 2018

WHISTLER – The story of the season is set. It’s been one of epic storms and deep powder days, and as we continue to get amongst it and enjoy every day on the slopes, we begin to prepare for the season-ending celebration that’s going to send it off with a bang.

For 2018, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, North America’s largest festival of snow sports, music and arts, will bring together six days of the best of mountain culture. New and exciting for this year, 

we see the return of a legendary ski race, crown snowboard champions, revel in the creativity of filmmakers, photographers, thought-leaders, and artists, and soak in the sounds of musicians and DJs as we après longer and harder than we have all season. No other festival brings together these different facets of snow sport and culture to the degree WSSF does.

Tickets are on sale now for cultural events going down at the Whistler Conference Centre, and with a limited number at the early bird rate they’re going fast. Take a tip from the locals – get yours before they’re gone. Ticketed events sell out every year and with the amazing programming that’ll be taking the stage in April, no one will be giving up their seat. 

Here’s what’s new, making a comeback, and simply unmissable at WSSF 2018.

Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme

When: Friday, April 13, 2018 & Saturday, April 14, 2018

Where: Blackcomb Mountain

The Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme returns to WSSF 2018 after a 20+ year hiatus. The race, which started back in 1987, is the steepest ski race in the world and the stuff of legend and lore in the world of snow sports. The 2018 iteration of the race is set to be a festival highlight, and with registration open to the public it promises to bring a mix of competitors to the table, from the world’s top pros to amateur athletes ready to test their mettle on this infamous course.

 

Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships

When: Friday, April 13, 2018 & Saturday, April 14, 2018

Where: Blackcomb Mountain

Boarder-X meets big air, with four riders racing head-to-head on the hunt for points from judges and the fastest time, the Monster Energy Boarderstyle is a perennial favourite at WSSF. This year it’s the finale of the tour, meaning spectators will get to see world-class snowboarders throw down in the high-energy spectacle of music and action they know and love, then watch the World Champions be crowned.

 

MULTIPLICITY

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Where: Whistler Conference Centre

Like a TEDTalk on adrenaline, MULTIPLICITY is an evening of adventurous visual storytelling delivered by unique and passionate personalities in the mountain world. Using a mix of photography slideshows, video and intriguing anecdotes, these explorers, athletes and outdoor thought-leaders bring the audience into their world for a night of heroic tale-spinning. The event, presented by Mountain Life Media, has become one of the crowd favorites in the WSSF line-up due to its immense inspiration factor.

 

Intersection

When: Friday, April 13, 2018

Where: Whistler Conference Centre

Intersection will once again push some of the world’s artistic snow sports visionaries to their limits, as they work to shoot, edit and produce a five to seven-minute ski/snowboard film in just seven days. All the footage is required to come from within 100 k.m. of Whistler, making Intersection a visual love letter to this inspiring world-class destination of snow sports and culture.

 

Big Air

When: Friday, April 13, 2018 (Ski) & Saturday, April 14, 2018 (Snowboard)

Where: Skiers Plaza (base of Whistler Mountain)

One of the signature events at WSSF, Big Air carries on Whistler’s longstanding tradition of staging one of the world’s best big air shows. This year, Big Air Ski and Snowboard competitions will be taken to the next level with internationally-known DJs spinning tunes while athletes give it their all. Traditionally, a crowd well-over 10,000 deep turns out to witness the magic of Big Air, as some of the best riders show what progression looks like and lay it all out on the line.

Hungry for more? Don’t miss Art & Soul (formerly State of the Art), the Olympus 72hr Filmmaker Showdown, Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, Twisted Tea Slush Cup, and the party to end all parties, The END. More details on the full lineup of DJs, bands and parties will be coming soon, along with updates on the who’s who of athletes and creatives set to participate. 

WSSF 2018 is going to be six days you won’t want to miss, and you won’t soon forget.

For full details and tickets, head to WSSF.com.

WSSF is North America’s largest festival of snow sports, music, arts, and mountain culture, April 10-15, 2018. Get fired up for the return of the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme and the finals of the Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships. Soak in the best of winter culture at the Olympus 72hr Filmmaker Showdown, Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, MULTIPLICITY, Art & Soul, and Intersection. Get loud alongside DJs spinning as hard as the athletes are sending it in the Ski and Snowboard Big Air competitions, keep the party going through après sessions at Whistler’s renowned restaurants and bars, then go out with a bang at The END, the famed final send off to WSSF.

This is the après of your season.

Soak it in. Go all out. Make it count.

WSSF.com

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