Whistler Go FestivalGO Fest - Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival
May 16 to 19, 2014

May is a time of year when summer and winter meet, where sliding on snow, golfing, bike riding and water sports can be enjoyed on a single day. The inaugural Go Fest will take place in Whistler in May on the Victoria Day Long Weekend, with four days of events celebrating Whistler’s great outdoors.

The Whistler Insider - Multi-Sport Days of Spring

More information and events are being added regularly - stay tuned!

Friday May 16

GO Enduro

Whistler Mountain Bike Park

A mountain bike race featuring three timed downhill stages in Whistler Mountain Bike Park as well as two liaison stages of uphill or cross country sections. Registration is $30 - Course details and registration will be available in mid-April at the festival website.

Music Concert: The Sheepdogs

8:00 PM | Whistler Village Square

Award-winning rock and roll revivalists The Sheepdogs will kick off the festival with a free concert in the heart of Whistler Village.

Saturday May 17

The Great Green River Challenge

Green River

Crews of six, including at least two men or two women, will run the Green River while completing a gauntlet of challenges including a flat water slalom sprint, Sumo wrestling atop a raft, a raft flip, mass start river race and river time trials. Registration is $300 per team in advance online with registration opening April 4. Visit the race website for more information on format, rules and registration.

DiscGO Disc Golf Tournament

Whistler Disc Golf Course

The Whistler Disc Golf Course will play host to DiscGO, a two-round disc golf tournament, drawing intermediate, advanced and pro level players to vie for cash prizes. The total number of competitors will be capped at 96 - visit the festival website for more information.

Whistler 5 on 5 Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Myrtle Phillips School

Whistler 5 on 5 is throwing their second annual Ultimate Frisbee tournament, taking place at GO Fest Whistler on Saturday and Sunday. Get information and register teams for this fast-paced and engaging tournament at the tournament website until April 15, 2014.

AlpenGlow Run

8:00 PM Start | Whistler Village and Lost Lake Park

A family-friendly, fun run where participants can run, walk, skip and dance their way through Whistler Village and into the illuminated forest trails circling Lost Lake. At just under seven kilometres this glowing excursion is a great warm up for the summer season’s more serious running races, and an entertaining and uncompetitive introduction to organized running events. One of Whistler’s favourite DJs, go-go legend Foxy Moron, will provide funky beats for the entire run, and Whistler’s lululemon store will bring additional energy and animate AlpenGlow with cheer stations where runners can catch their breath, get some support and hydration, or just stop to enjoy interactive displays. visit the festival website for more information and registration.

Music Concert: the Boom Booms

9:00 - 10:00 PM | Mainstage - Village Square

The Boom Booms will welcome AlpenGlow runners back to Whistler Village and share their happy vibes with a free, live concert. The Boom Booms’ unique brand of joyously raucous music will be the perfect close to the AlpenGlow event.

Sunday May 18

Great Snow Earth Water Race

Race Start 12:00 PM

Start gathering your teams - the epic Great Snow Earth Water Race, last held in Whistler more than 20 years ago, is back! It's a mass participation, multi-sport event to be held on snow, water and dirt. Mixed teams of 5-7 people will race over 6 stages, each one featuring a favourite springtime activity:

  • Stage 1: Ski/Snowboard Touring (mass start)
  • Stage 2: Downhill Ski/Snowboard
  • Stage 3: Downhill Mountain Bike
  • Stage 4: Running
  • Stage 5: Canoe (2 person stage)
  • Stage 6: Cross Country Bike

Course Description, Rules and Registration

Registration is $300 per team and opens on April 4. Visit the race website for more information on format, rules and registration.

Whistler 5 on 5 Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Myrtle Phillips School

Whistler 5 on 5 is throwing their second annual Ultimate Frisbee tournament, taking place at GO Fest Whistler on Saturday and Sunday. Get information and register teams for this fast-paced and engaging tournament at the tournament website until April 15, 2014.

Music Concert: She Stole My Beer

8:00 PM | Whistler Village Square

Local musical icons She Stole My Beer will play after the Great Snow Earth Water Race, with a mix of covers and originals to keep the energy high and celebrations going after the race.

Saturday May 17

The Great Slush Cup

Slush Pit near Glacier Creek Lodge, Blackcomb Mountain

It wouldn’t be spring at Whistler Blackcomb without some slush pit action! The Great Slush Cup will challenge competitors to dress to impress and employ all the style and skill they can muster in their attempts to clear the massive slush pit. This event will be free for all participants skiing and riding that day. Registration will take place at the event.

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Whistler in Spring

Spring combines the best of summer and winter in Whistler. Snow is on the peaks for skiing and snowboarding, and sunshine in the valley means warm weather pursuits like biking and golf start again. Here are a few suggestions to help plan your May vacation:

Fresh Air Activities

  • It's tee time! Get the clubs out of storage and play Whistler's four championship golf courses
  • The Whistler Bike Park is scheduled to open May 16 with early season trail conditions suitable for intermediate to expert riders
  • Spring Skiing & Snowboarding- Whistler Blackcomb’s long ski season provides ample opportunity to catch those perfect springtime turns
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy the sun beside Whistler's lakes and beaches
  • After a busy day outdoors skiing, bike riding and more stop off on a sunny patio for après to celebrate the return of spring

Whistler Arts and Culture

  • Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre - learn about the joint history of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations
  • Whistler Museum - discover Whistler's human and natural history, Olympic story and unique mountain culture
  • Visit the art galleries in town and take in the new spring collections and emerging artists

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Image credit: Whistler Museum

Video of the Great Snow Earth Water Race - 1988

The Whistler Museum has put together footage from one of the original races - the bikes and skis have changed, but the fun factor will be even higher in 2014!

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