Magic Moments: Whistler 2017 In Photos

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Magic Moments: Whistler 2017 In Photos

We asked talented Whistler photographers Mike Crane and Justa Jeskova to choose their favourite moments from the year that was in Whistler (with a few videos thrown in for holiday fun). Time to put up your feet and reflect on the past year…and make plans for new adventures in 2018.

January

Pond hockey on Green Lake

Crisp air and clean ice – a perfectly Canadian way to start the year. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

 

Fresh turns split boarding off of Whistler Mountain

Another fine winter day in the Coastal rainforest snowforest! MIKE CRANE PHOTO

February

Alpenglow on Blackcomb Mountain

Late light. Blackcomb Mountain shines with yet another beautiful display of alpenglow. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

 

Deep powder skiing on Blackcomb

Happy Place. The pow just kept coming last winter. More about skiing Whistler here. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

March

Friends going skiing in Whistler Village

There is such a thing as ‘Friends on a Pow Day,” you just need to choose the right friends. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

 

The end of an era. Rear entry ski boot traditionalist Feet Banks finally retires the boots his parents bought him at the 1991 Turkey Sale and upgrades to the best in ski boot technology.  BRIAN HOCKENSTEIN VIDEO

April

Spring Apres in Whistler

Snow and short sleeves – springtime in Whistler is always magical. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

 

There are a lot of similarities between a life of art and sport. Whistler’s Kate Zessel breaks it down. BRIAN HOCKENSTEIN VIDEO

May

Whistler Golf Course

Morning sun over the Whistler Golf Course heralds the summer of golf to come. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

 

Morning paddle on Green Lake

Smiles for miles. A big snow year meant skiing kept going right into late May, encroaching on lake time. #bestworldproblems MIKE CRANE PHOTO

Whistler’s Valley Trail connects the community and the best way to enjoy it is via the simplicity and functionality of a “Valley Trail Bike.” BRIAN HOCKENSTEIN VIDEO

June

Dual mountain views at dusk

Nights falls on a happy town. Summer has arrived. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

 

Whistler Half Marathon

The Whistler Half Marathon kicks off a summer of races and fitness events. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

 

Surnise yoga on Alta Lake

Breathe, it’s free. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

 

Village Stroll at dusk

The artery of good times. Whistler’s Village Stroll was purposely designed to meander and lead to adventure. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

July

No the police aren’t chasing that kid, it’s Canada’s 150th birthday parade on July 1. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

 

Snow walls Whistler Mountain

The snow walls atop Whistler Mountain are among the summer’s most photographed alpine attractions, just not always from this angle. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

 

PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Views in Whistler BC

How high!? The record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola wows a new generation. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

 

IRONMAN Canada in Whistler

Canada’s most scenic Subaru IRONMAN Canada® kicks off with a chilly swim in Alta Lake. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

August

Jessa Gilbert Live Painting in Whistler VIllage

Creation in progress. Whistler ‘s arts and culture scene surged in 2017 with the launch of the new Cultural Connector. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

 

Train Wreck Hike in Whistler BC

It’s like a living art gallery in the forest, with bike jumps. Whistler’s popular Train Wreck Hike benefited from a new access bridge last year. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

September

Whistler Golf Course

Ah, fall golf. Every wonder why four is the ideal number for a golf group and also the capacity of most of Whistler’s high-speed chairlifts? Now you have. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

 

Black Tusk and Fall Hikers at Sunset

Iconic Black Tusk Mountain is the core of an extinct volcano and, according to local indigenous legends, also the Landing Place of the Thunderbird. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

October

Inukshuk on Whistler Mountain

This way to winter. The Inukshuk stands guard in the pristine Whistler alpine. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

Unplug to reconnect and discover what’s real. Autumn is a great time to enjoy the Elements. BRIAN HOCKENSTEIN VIDEO

November

Autumn Bike Riding in Whistler

Ride on. Bike season isn’t over until the snow falls…. JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

 

Skiing in Whistler Early Season

… but winter can come pretty quick around here. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

 

And the first day of skiing at Whistler Blackcomb this year did not disappoint. INFLUX PRODUCTIONS VIDEO

December

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains on a Winter Day

A clear sky, some white mountains… what more could a person need? JUSTA JESKOVA PHOTO

 

Whistler Village Holiday Light Display

Maybe some lights and fresh snow? Whistler’s light display is on point once again. MIKE CRANE PHOTO

Thanks to Mike Crane and Justa Jeskova for getting out there in all weathers to capture the magic moments. Have a happy and safe holidays from the Insider team – and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Feet Banks

Feet Banks

Feet Banks moved to Whistler at age 12 so his parents could live the dream and ski as much as possible. He ended up living it too. After leaving home Feet did a few good stints in warmer climates and 4 years of writing school before returning to the mountains to make ski movies, hammer out a journalism career and avoid the 9-5 lifestyle as long as possible. He’s been a hay farmer, a hole digger, a magazine editor and has a jump named after him on Blackcomb Mountain, Feet’s Air. It’s tiny.

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