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Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival

April 10 - 19, 2015

Spring skiing, arts, free concerts and a chance to see some of the best skiers and riders in the world compete? Bring it on.

In April the energy in Whistler is unbeatable when the World Ski & Snowboard Festival takes off. It's a mix of our unique mountain culture; from top athletes pushing the limits of their sport to free outdoor concerts, innovative fashion, photography, film, and non-stop nightlife.

Bring your skis and snowboards to shred the spring snow then grab après on a sunny patio. Soak up the atmosphere in the Village before heading out to an evening event or a club. Be prepared to repeat all week long - party in April, sleep in May!

Check back later in the year for more information on the 2015 event.

Check out the 2014 event schedule, and start getting stoked for the 2015 festival.

Music and Free Concerts

What would a festival be without a great soundtrack? The World Ski and Snowboard Festival keeps the beat all week, with the free Outdoor Concert Series and the Bud Light Freeride Club Series, the Bud Light Après Series and the Silent Disco plus exclusive parties and nightclub events every evening.

Artists for 2014 include The Glitch Mob, De La Soul, Cut Chemist, Shapeshifter, The Original Wailers, The Planet Smashers, Pigeon Park, the Post War, Fort Knox Five, The Hairfarmers, Jenny Lea, Freeflow, The Sociables, Longstride, Lovecoast, Sneaky Sound System, Animal Nation, Year of the Wolf, Five Alarm Funk, and Bombino.

Free Outdoor Concert Series

Date: Daily
Time: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Skier's Plaza
A 10-day program of free music concerts spanning a vast variety of genres. Featuring an awe-inspiring schedule of award-winning artists to keep the party going. View full schedule.

Silent Disco

Date: Friday 18, 2014
Time: 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location: Garibaldi Lift Co.
Grab a pair of headphones (supplied) and choose from three DJs, spinning for your dancing pleasure. Every party-goer will get a white t-shirt and glow marker upon entry for you to light it up under the black lights. The DJs for 2014 include DJ Canosis, DJ Dakota and Foxy Moron. Must be of legal drinking age.


Date: Saturday 19, 2014
Time: 10:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Location: Whistler Conference Centre
The ultimate season ending party, World Ski & Snowboard Festival pulls out all the stops to make sure the week ends with a bang. Featuring electrifying DJs, and sensory overloading sound and lighting systems, The END party is the one night you can't afford to miss. If you haven't burnt the candle at both ends, you just weren't trying hard enough. This event has a minimum age of 19. The linup for 2014 includes Skratch Bastid, Mat the Alien, Sleepy Tom and Rusko.

Bud Light Freeride Club Series, Bud Light Après Series

Date: Daily
Time: Various
Location: Whistler Pubs and Clubs
Slide off the slopes into Whistler's famous après-ski sessions then continue to a club. With multiple venues boasting live acts, DJs and more - you won't want to sleep all week.

Music, Video, Arts and Culture Events

OLYMPUS 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown

Date: April 15, 2014
Time: Doors 8:00 PM, Show 9:00 PM
Location: Whistler Conference Centre
Relying purely on originality, craft, speed and endurance, the OLYMPUS 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown distills the art of film-making into its purest form – taking creative vision from concept to reality in record time in order for it to be enjoyed on the big screen by an 1800-strong audience. Filmmakers are tasked to shoot, edit and produce a 3-5 minute short film within 100km radius of Whistler over the course of 72 hours.

2nd Cuts 72 Hour Filmmaker Screening

Date: April 16, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Whistler Conference Centre
If you missed the 72 Hour Showdown, this is your chance to see all the action. A showing of all of the completed 72hr Filmmaker Showdown entrants, this is a don't-miss event for friends, family, competitors, fans, and rivals.

Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown

Date: April 17, 2014
Time: Doors 8:00 PM, Show 9:00 PM
Location: Whistler Conference Centre
The OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown is a celebration of still images and of the commitment shown to build a body of work that captures time and captivates the human spirit. $16,000 in cash prizes have been allocated, cementing the World Ski and Snowboard Festival's OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown as the world's preeminent action sports photography event. Finalists for 2014 are Brent Benson, Christoph Oberschneider, Florian Breitenberger, Frode Sandbech, Morgan Maassen.


Date: April 16, 2014
Time: Doors 8:00 PM, Show 9:00 PM
Location: Whistler Conference Centre
Intersection sees action sport filmmaking pushed to its limits. Filmmakers have only seven days to shoot, edit and produce a 5-7 minute extreme sports short film. Sound easy? Think again - each film must feature both a skier and a snowboarder, there must be 30 seconds of park footage, 30 seconds of Whistler Blackcomb in-bound terrain, the film must be shot within 100km of Whistler and 75% of all footage must be on snow. See the final results of their efforts played on the big screen. Teams will be announced late March.

Skullcandy State of the ART

Date: Daily
Time: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM, later on nights with ticketed events
Location: Whistler Conference Centre
Open throughout the week, State of the Art is a showcase of creativity inspired by mountain culture. It's a gallery with no rules, inspired by mountains towns and people. Sub-cultures and anti-movements are celebrated and portrayed in gritty and thought-provoking mediums. Local and international artists come from far and wide to create a collection of urban, street and snow art. The official opening party is Friday April 11 at 8:00 PM and will feature a number of live art displays, including local Whistler painter Vanessa Stark creating an interactive 3-D art installation for Prior skis, and a Digital Graffiti Battle courtesy of Vancouver- based company Tangible Interaction. the opening will be followed by the Skullcandy State Of The ART Opening Party at Garfinkel's, where the live art will continue with artists Stan Matwychuk and Shanna Duncan collaborating live while the DJ spins.

The Mountain Multiplicity Show

Date: April 13, 2014
Time: Door 7:00 PM, Show 8:00 PM
Location: Whistler Conference Centre
Presented by Mountain Life Magazine and The Spearhead Huts Committee. They say variety is the spice of life, and there are plenty of facets to mountains life to explore and celebrate. In this one-of-a-kind evening the greatest storytellers in the mountains gather to share their thoughts in photos, words and multimedia presentations. Its lifestyle and culture and art, all rolled into one.

Featuring speakers Wade Davis (National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence), Todd Lawson, Ace Mackay-Smith, Will Stanhope, Andy Dittrich, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank and JF Plouffe. For information on the full speaker lineup and topics, please click here.

Best of the Fest

Date: April 20, 2014
Time: 8:30 PM
Location:Garibaldi Lift Company
The Best of the Fest relives all the good times plus more, as you'll get to experience a few of the memorable festival moments you might have missed while you were sleeping...or skiing! See the winning film from the Olympus 72hr Filmmaker Showdown, the winning film from Intersection, the winning slideshow of photos in the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown and enjoy DJs and dancing. Proceeds go to Playground Builders.

Sports, Competitions and Demonstrations

World Skiing Invitational / AFP World Championship

Date: April 16-20, 2014
Time: TBD
Location: Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains
Slopestyle (Open)- Slopestyle is a hugely integrated and technically challenging discipline, featuring jumps, rails, and features to challenge and intimidate even the best skiers in the world. With Slopestyle skiing now included in the Winter Olympic Games, expect to see slope royalty come out to play. The WSI Slopestyle will be taking place in the Highest Level Park on Blackcomb. The line drops from above the gated entrance and uses the entire left side with a combo of huge jumps and mind-blowing features.
Big Air (Invitational)- The Big Air jump, located at the base of Whistler Mountain, is the ultimate in ski-voyeurism. Not for the faint of heart, this jump will shock, amaze and intimidate, and that’s just the spectators! Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of Skier’s Plaza, and watch the mind-boggling aerial talents of the who’s who of the ski world throw down in one of the most impressive displays of raw talent and gutsy trick-wrangling in an attempt to walk away with the coveted title of Big Air Champion and endless bragging rights.

The Shred Show presented by Monster Energy

Date: April 11-15, 2014
Time: TBD
Location: Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains
Athletes and spectators alike will revel in the free flowing energy and progressive environment of this event. This Shred Show features various challenges including Slopestyle, Big Hip, Boarderstyle and Mogul Duel.

Gibbons Life Big Air (Invitational, TR World Snowboard Tour 5-star event)
Date: April 19, 2014
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Location: Skier's Plaza
For 15 years, Saturday night during the WSSF has always been reserved for the biggest events, the biggest crowds and the most energy. On April 19, capacity crowds will witness the world's best snowboarders compete on a huge 70 foot table jump for $25,000 in prize money.

Whistler Dogfest

Date: April 18 and 19, 2014
Time: Starting at 10 AM each day
Location: Village Common
Every dog has it's day, and Whistler Dogfest is the change for local mutts to strut their stuff. Whistler is a dog-friendly town and since 1998 Whistler dogs and their owners have turned out in droves to celebrate canines of all sizes. The Dog Parade features hundreds of hounds with stylish outfits and larger than life personalities, while dogs and owners alike will enjoy the exhibitions, agility demonstrations and competitions. Proceeds support Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), a Whistler-based animal shelter. DogFest is a kid-friendly, pet-friendly event.

Mascot Mayhem

Date: April 19, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Village Square
Big Air Bear, the Festival's official mascot, celebrates his 12th birthday this year and his cuddly companions. Join Big Air Bear and his best buds as they party, party, party with competitions and challenges that will make you scream with laughter. This event is great for young kids, big kids and kids at heart; don't miss out!

Super Brawl Sunday: Invitational Roller Derby Bout

Date: April 20, 2014
Time: Doors 6:00 PM, First Whistler 7:00 PM
Location: Whistler Conference Centre
See Whistler's Black Diamond Betties and the Sunshine Coast Roller Girls go head to head in this roller derby bout, where Sea to Sky Corridor town rivalry adds passion to the action. These ladies are mountain-trained and tough as nails. Don't miss your chance to see a modern-day, high-adrenaline, fast-paced, high-action, full contact sport.

Skiing and Riding

There's no better time to ride Whistler Blackcomb, with spring skiing conditions and a festival atmosphere from the peaks to the patios. Take a few turns and watch some of the on mountain events, then ski down to Skier's Plaza for a free afternoon concert to kick start your après session.

Demo Park

Date: April 12-13, 19-20, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Whistler Mountain outside the Roundhouse
New gear? You deserve it. The Demo Park gives you the opportunity to snow-test the latest skis and snowboards for free and kick-start the decision process.

Skier in Slopestyle at World Ski and Snowboard Festival

Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival:
A Local's Guide

With lots to navigate at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival, Mikey Nixon thought he'd provide some local's tips to maximise your enjoyment.

Nightclub in Whistler

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Party in April, Sleep in May

Down time? Who needs it! When you're not enjoying the World Ski & Snowboard Festival events, our local nightlife will keep you entertained.

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