In a way, the WSSF is a bittersweet event. On the one hand, it symbolizes the end of winter – once the festival adjourns, one mountain will be closed for skiing, whilst the other’s operating hours shrink slightly, and many of our seasonal visitors will pack their bags, making town noticeably quieter.
On the other hand, the WSSF represents everything that is awesome about Whistler. It’s the skiing, the snowboarding, the athletes, the artists, the music, the parties, the shows – all concentrated into 10 crazy days, from April 10 to April 19.
You can probably figure out why they say “Party in April, sleep in May”.
To get the most of WSSF, you need to experience a little bit of everything that goes on during the jam-packed week-and-a-half. Here are 7 things you absolutely must do during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
Go to a Show
The ticketed creative shows are definitely not to be missed. Events like MULTIPLICITY, the 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown, the Pro Photographer Showdown, and Intersection showcase the incredible caliber of talent found in the mountains. These events are also a who’s who of Whistler of sorts – you’ll probably bump into your old roommate and/or a colleague from back in the day.
Partake in the Concerts
Free concerts? Yes, please! Head to the main stage in the Village to enjoy a variety of artists and performers, ranging from MSTRKRFT to Swollen Members. Most concerts take place in the afternoon around 4 PM.
Ski (or Snowboard)
Amidst all the activities and events, don’t forget to make time to actually hit the slopes yourself! WSSF tends to bring with it some perfect sunny spring days, and you never know when you’ll get a surprise powder day. Take advantage of the demos going on during the weekend to start planning next year’s purchase.
Peruse the Village
With booths, stands, demos, and samples taking place throughout the Village Stroll, you could easily spend an afternoon wandering in the Village. Bring a backpack to stash free treats, and enter every contest you can – past prizes have even included heli-skiing adventures!
Hit the Park
This year, the athletic competitions (like the Big Air) will be taking place up in the Blackcomb park to ensure top quality snow for competitors. Whether you’re a park rider or not, you’ll want to head up at least a few times to check out the pros in action.
Stay Out Too Late
If you’re not completely exhausted by the end of WSSF, you haven’t done it right. Checking out the festival’s infamous parties is a must do. Check out signature parties like The End, or pick up tickets for the silent disco at the GLC, where everyone quite literally marches to the beat of their own drum.
Take It All In
You don’t need a ticket, a lift pass, or a VIP lanyard around your neck to enjoy the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. All you need is to find yourself a spot on one of Whistler’s many patios, ideally in the sun. Order yourself a cold beverage and watch the wonderful mayhem pass you by.
For details on the World Ski and Snowboard Festival including schedules and tickets, click HERE!