You didn’t think the party would stop in Whistler after March, did you? This past weekend, the 15th Annual TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival kicked off in Whistler Village. 10 days of media showcases, outdoor concerts, film premieres, free samples, ski bunnies, neon and of course, legendary parties that you may not remember or not soon forget.
The coolest part about this festival is that is probably one of the most artistic action sports festivals out there. In the middle of Village Square, Jordan Soak spray paints the hood of a Chevy Camaro, with the sweet sounds of indie band City of Glass in the background. Later on, I found myself in the depths of Maxx Fish on a wonderfully sunny early evening to witness in the first Pecha Kucha night in Whistler. I know, what the? Meaning “chit chat” in Japanese, the event originated in Tokyo as a way for young designers and artists to network and share their work with each other. The format is set up so that each presenter shows 20 photos and has 20 seconds to share thoughts and dialogue about each. Considering there was a Periodontist, a Zoologist and a former Sex Experimentalist, it was definitely entertaining to say the least.
And it wouldn’t be a true Whistler event if there wasn’t a teaser for the next season’s extreme sport, enter Anthill Films (formerly the Collective). I was invited to attend the premiere of their new film “Follow Me”. Amazing cinematography and some of the most talented (and good looking) mountain bikers in the biz, all in a recipe for a great flick!
If you didn’t get up to Whistler this past weekend, don’t worry, there are 6 days left of the Festival including the not to be missed the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown (sorry folks its already sold out), the street wise Fashion Show and you can check out the local Whistler celebrity’s in the Chairlift Revue on Sunday night.
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