If you are Planning to ski Whistler this April, then you should maybe do it around the biggest annual spring celebration, the World Ski Snowboard Festival (WSSF) April 8-17th , 2016.
A full of slate of events maintains the fun on and off the mountain. Thousands of skiers and snowboarders are welcomed every year to Whistler Blackcomb. The WSSF attracts top international competitors, being considered the biggest annual gathering of winter sports, music, arts, and culture in North America.
With a mantra “Party in April. Sleep in May,” you know that this event will consist of a fun-filled and packed 10 days and nights of sports, art and music. Held in 2016 from April 8 to 17, you’ll find a lot to love in Whistler. A myriad of activities during the festival include winter sports competitions, free concerts, photography and film showcases, and even a dog parade. Some events do require tickets. But the World & Ski Snowboard Festival also offers plenty of free entertainment, including the concert series, Bud Light Freeride, Club Series, art exhibits, and Big Air Contests.
World Skiing Invitational
A festival with the words “world”, “ski”, and “snowboard” in it has to be a good one. Major professional ski and snowboarding competitions (the latter known as the “Shred Show”) are at the core of the event. The Association of Professionals (AFP) World Tour Finals are a series of high adrenaline, technical, and intense competitions featuring halfpipe, slopestyle and big air challenges.
Competition on the final day (Sunday, April 17) includes the Halfpipe competition and crowd favorite, the rider judged Superhit contest. The Snowboard Big Air is the festival’s finale. A full roster of top-tier events are open to spectators can expect a roster full of top-tier skiers gunning for a series win. (confirm times and locations when arriving in Whistler.
After watching the professionals compete, step up your game by making your way to the Demo Park for free testing of skis and boards, with the latest from many of the top winter sports brands.
Free Outdoor Concert Series
Yes, you read that right: free outdoor concert series. Located in Skier’s Plaza, keep the fun going on the Main Stage in front of the Excalibur and Whistler Village Gondolas from 2:30-5:30 pm every day.The featured acts nourish a variety of music genres. Artists include Tribe Called Red, BADBADNOTGOOD, Dirty Radio, SkiiTour, and many more!
Not only will your days be kickin’, but also your nights will be rockin’! Keep the party fire burning long into the night as various venues host scheduled and unscheduled parties. From DJ led events and silent discos to locals celebrating the end of the season, take a walk about Whistler Blackcomb and in nearly every nook and cranny, pub and restaurant, you’ll discover a party.
It’s All About the Art
At the Whistler Conference Centre, forget your preconceived notions of art. At this mountain-town-inspired, eclectic “State of the ART” exhibit, you will discover the Grand Foyer’s creative world overflowing with artistic talent. The exhibit is open daily, admission is complimentary.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Channel your inner Spielberg at the Whistler World Ski Snowboard Festival for your chance to win big!
On April 13th, aspiring filmmakers and photographers channel their creativity to shoot and edit an original short film during Whistler’s Olympus 72 Hour Filmaker Showdown. Teams have 72 hours to capture the spirit of the mountain within 100 kilometer radius of Whistler. The Best of the Show Event incentive is $10,000. (Get inspired by watching last year’s Best of Show winner “Grandpa’s Treasure Trail”.) The winning film from Intersection and slideshow of Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown is shown on the last day.
…And So Much More
All this is just a taste of the week at Whistler. Other out-of-the-box events include the Gathering of Multiplicity storytelling, Roller Derby action, Comedy Showdown, Photographer Showdown, Silent Disco and so much more! Don’t miss out on this unique event!
Last but not least: April is also the time when all the deals come out to play! Spring savings are epic, and if you didn’t get the chance to ski Whistler during the peak season, take the spring opportunity and Ski Whistler with Savings up to 40% OFF ( both lodging & ski lifts rates).
Check out our dedicated Spring Packages for WSSF: Stay with only $45 CAD/ person/ nt & ski with $79/day. Whatever you do, make sure you won’t miss out your Whistler Spring Skiing session this year, it’s going to be an epic one!