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5 Great Events at Ski & Snowboard Festival

The TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival takes placefrom April 13 to 22. This is Whistler’s annualcelebration of winter sports, music, arts and mountainculture.  During the 10 days and 10 nights prepare to be blownaway with amazing tricks in sporting competitions such as the BigAir event, incredible parties, awesome bands, DJ’s and muchmore.  There is a lot going on during the festival, so here isour list of the top 5 events not to be missed.

1. Big Air

The Big Air Competition is one of the most talked aboutevents at the festival. Watch pro skiers light up thenight and expect the atmosphere to be electric as this eventtypically sees a crowd of 15,000.  The competition takes placeon Saturday April 21 at the base of Whistler Mountain. Training starts at 7pm with the finals starting at 8pm.  Theawards ceremony will take place at 10pm.

2. Swollen Members

Each day from 2.30pm to 5.30pm there will be the freeoutdoor concert series at the Main Stage in the SkiersPlaza.  Vancouver and Victoria natives SwollenMembers, will be performing on Saturday April14th.  This hip hop group are a festival favouriteand will certainly impress.

3. Whistler Dogfest

What does a dog fest have to do with a ski and snowboardfestival? Not much, but why not! After all Whistler is ahuge dog loving community and dogs love living here too.  Thisevent is another festival favourite and is a kid friendly, petfriendly event.  Watch canines of all shapes and sizes paradethrough the Village Stroll on Saturday April 21st. All proceeds of this fun event go to Whistler’s local animal shelter (WAG).

4. Fashion Show

This will be the 7th year that the TELUSWorld Ski and Snowboard Festival celebrates the world offashion. This event takes place on Friday April20th at 8pm at the Whistler Conference Centre. Tickets are required. The runway will feature some of the edgiest,fashion-marries-function brands available.  The show willemphasize Whistler’s style scene both on and off the hill.

5. State of the Art

The TELUS World Ski and Snowboard is also a celebrationof art in this mountain town.  State of the Artshowcases up to 40 underexposed artists.  There will beapproximately 100 pieces of art, across a wide range ofmediums.  The gallery will be open daily during the festivalfrom 12pm to 6pm and is located in the Grand Foyer of the WhistlerConference Centre.  The cost of this event is free.

Check out the WSSF Event Schedule – Day by Day

For more information and a detailed schedule, visit Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

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Massive Snowfall for Whistler Blackcomb!

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains have received 85cm(33in) of new snow in the last 72 hours.   Moresnow is in the forecast for the Whistler area for the rest of theweek with 20-35cm expected on Thursday. This is a great time tovisit Whistler and enjoy the rest of the Spring Break holiday, oreven book a trip for April.  The snowbase is at 355cm (138in)so conditions for spring skiing are looking amazing.

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains hours of operationshave recently been extended. The lifts are now open from8.30am to 4pm with the alpine lifts closing earlier as usual.

Check out these recent photos taken on Whistler and Blackcombmountains.

Photo credit: Emily Serrell / www.coastphoto.com

Thinking of booking a ski vacation in April?

April is a great time to visit Whistler. Youcan expect sunny days, great deals and fabulous springskiing.  Did we mention that the Telus WorldSki and Snowboard Festival will be back for the 17thyear? Enjoy 10 days of watching top athletes compete in events suchas the Big Air and Superpipe, watch free daily outdoor concerts onthe main stage and just soak up the amazing atmosphere.  Aprilis also patio season – enjoy après on one of Whistler’s greatpatios overlooking the mountains.

Whistler deals and great value!

Discover Whistler Days return from April13-22.  You can save up to 30% off lessons, lifttickets and rentals for both adults and children.   Wealso have great dealsand rates on our selection of Whistler luxury homes, townhouses andcondos.

Need help planning your perfect Whistler ski vacation?

We can help with all aspects of your Whistlervacation including accommodation, transfers, lift tickets,ski school, rentals, childcare, activity reservations and muchmore!

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact ourreservation staff.


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5 Tips For Your Family Whistler Ski Vacation

If you are planning a family ski vacation to Whistler,make sure you check out these tips. Whistler is a kids(and big kids) paradise! April is a great month to visit with thefamily as you can save up to 30% on lessons, lift tickets andrentals with Discover Whistler Days.  Here are our tips toensure you have the best Whistler family ski vacation.

1. Whistler Kid’s and Ride Tribe

The Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Schoolis one of the largest in the world and attracts topinstructors. Lessons are available for children aged 3years and up to 18 years.  During Discover Whistler Days(April 13 – April 22) you can save up to 30% on daily lessons andmulti day adventure camps.  Children of all ages will love thefacilities including a Magic Castle on Blackcomb Mountain andhidden Tree Fort on Whistler Mountain. Take of your skis andsnowboards and come explore these great outdoor adventure playlands.

2. Whistler Blackcomb Tube Park

The TubePark is located at Base II on BlackcombMountain.  This is a fun activity that everyone canenjoy – no experience required. The Tube Park has six to eightlanes varying in difficulty from green to blue to black. There is also a mini zone with mini-tubes for younger kidslooking to join in the fun. The Tube Park is open daily from 12noon (11am on weekends) until 8pm.  Access to the tube park iseasy by taking a free ride up the Excalibur Gondola from theWhistler Village base.

3. Stay in a Whistler Condo

Aloha Whistler offers a number of luxury homes andcondos located throughout Whistler. This is a great optionfor families as all our accommodations have full cooking facilitiesand living space ideal for longer stays.  Don’t stay squashedup in a hotel room when you can enjoy the comfort of a Whistlerhome.  Booking a Whistler condo is often much better valuethan staying in a hotel.  All our accommodations offer freeparking for example.   For more information, view our Whistler homes andcondos.

4. Whistler Family Activities

Kids can receive up to 50 per cent off most Whistler activitieslike snowmobiling and sleigh rides.  There are also anumber of great free or almost free kid’s activities in Whistleravailable.   Make sure you spend an hour or two at theoutside wood carved jungle gym, just opposite the Whistler OlympicPlaza.  Kids will also love the outdoor ice skating rink inthe Whistler Olympic Plaza.  Just outside of the Village isthe Meadow Park Sports Centre which has an excellent kids poolcomplete with lazy river, slide and rope swing.

5. Family Friendly Whistler Restaurants

Whistler has many great restaurants and some greatoptions for families dining with children.  Werecommend making restaurants reservations ahead of time. Family favourite Whistler restaurants include Creekbread, The OldSpaghetti Factory, Caramba, Uli’s and Pasta Lupino.

photo credit: Brooke McDonald

Do you need WHISTER ACCOMMODATION for your family skivacation?

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Check out our great selection of Whistler luxuryhomesWhistlercondosand townhousesContact our staff todayfor more information.


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The Whistler Sabbatical Project

Would you spend one month in Whistler, all expenses paid?

Not a hard question to answer for even the most modestoutdoor enthusiast. Seems too good to be true…? Wellthis is exactly what Whistler Blackcomb is offering to luckyindividuals as part of the Whislter SabbaticalProject!

Get Involved With The Sabbatical Project

By entering, you get a chance to win one month with allexpenses paid in Whistler, BC. Make sure March to Aprilthis year is clear in your calendar!

Winners receive airfare, a mountain for the month, ski passes,brand new K2 ski or snowboard gear, one-of-a-kindadventures and all the time you need to relax and enjoyyourself.

Enter the SabbaticalProject Now

Make sure to explore theSabbatical Project website for more chances to win. Afterentering, you’ll be emailed with weekly video experiences to helpyou develop your own personalized sabbatical project. Watch thevideos and receive a bonus entry each time you answer the weeklypoll. If you’re the Grand Prize winner, you’ll bejumping in a limo real soon! Good luck!

What’s it all about?

The Sabbatical Project celebrates our shared passion forthe mountains. We’re excited and fortunate to have suchincredible natural beauty at our doorstep, we want to share it inall its glory.

The Sabbatical Project wants to engage and inspire you. Rememberthe last time you were in the mountains? The clean air, the amazingviews, the infinite fun and potential all around you. Theadventure. This is your chance to have a month in the best place onEarth, with nothing to do but take it all in.

Would You Take a Wilderness Quest of Body, Mind &Spirit?


Enjoy a peaceful cross-country or snowshoe ski in thebreathtaking Callaghan Country. Take in the CallaghanValley twenty minutes south of Whistler.
» Learn more about the WildernessQuest

Would You Heli-Ski with a Guide Who Has Summited Everest?

Whistler Heli Skiing

For most skiers, heli-skiing is a dreamadventure. What if you could do it with JohnFurneaux, a guide who has summited Mount Everesttwice, but calls Whistler home.
» Learn more Heli Ski Heaven

Would You Shoot with a Pro Photographer?

Whistler Ski Thumb

Whistler is one of the mostphotographed mountain destinations in the world, andpro photographer Blake Jorgenson hasproduced some of its most famous images. Tag along with Blakefor a day of shooting in the mountains.
» Learn more about the Shoot With a Pro

Would You Spend the Night with a Snow Groomer?

Snow Groomer

What’s better than first tracks?Laying tracks down on a run you’ve just groomed yourself,after watching the sun come up. Join Whistler Blackcomb’s famoussnow grooming team for a ‘night ride’.
» Learn more about The Night Shift

These are just a few of the great unique experiencesavailable at Whistler Blackcomb. Don’t forget to check outthe Sabbatical Project Websiteand Whistler Blackcomb’sWebsite for more information. Good luck!

Photo Credits: Chad Chomlack, Steve Rogers, MikeCrane, Whistler Heli Skiing


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Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures

Lauralee Bowie is a World Champion Freestyle Skier,3-time Canadian National Champion, and former member of theCanadian National Ski Team.  Lauralee Bowie SkiAdventures is recognised as one of the top ski instructionalprograms in the world.

Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures has been operating since1984 and offers instructional programs in North America, Japan andArgentina.  Guests can choose their preferred resort,date and time and the ski program will be tailored made around yourrequirements.

The philosophy around the ski programs is to “start overand go back to the beginning”.  You will be taughtfrom your current skill level, but the focus will be on redefiningand relearning the fundamentals and then advancing fromthere.  Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures will take your skiing tothe next level.  The teaching style is unique and the resultsare proven.  The programs are available for people of all agesand abilities.

This is the typical daily schedule for theprograms:


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Equipment evaluation and Specialty Ski Boot Assessment,
  • Correct alignment and canting of ski boots
  • Warm up exercises and stretching on slope
  • Skiing, exercises and drills. Exaggerated exercises to improvepositioning (Lower Body)
  • Video Analysis

  • Lunch Break
  • Warm up exercises and stretching on slope
  • Skiing, exercises and drills
  • Upper Body
  • Video, Après Ski and Review

All ski programs include the use ofindividual radio headsets.  The advantage of thissystem is that you are given instant feedback.  This “Head toHead  Coaching” style keeps coaches in constant contact witheach skier.  The goal is for each guest to be able to ski moredifficult terrain and runs they may only have dreamed about.

Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures are pleased to offerprograms in Whistler. For more information please visit Lauralee Bowie SkiAdventures.

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