Updated January 2024

Spring is right around the corner which means longer, sunnier days and the arrival of our favourite winter season-ender sender – the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF). Happening April 8 to 14, 2024 this mountain culture celebration is the ultimate way to wrap up your ski season. Whether it’s your first year, or you’re a festival pro, here’s all the intel you need to make the most of this favourite, local festival.

A skier gets corduroy in the spring sunshine on Whistler Blackcomb.
Who doesn’t love a spring bluebird day? PHOTO BEN GIRARDI

Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme Presented by Helly Hansen

This classic Whistler race is happening on April 12, 2024, and is a genuine test of nerves and leg endurance with a course that runs all the way down the Saudan Couloir to the bottom of the Jersey Cream chair.

A ski racer gets ready at the start of the gate for the Saudan Couloir.
Feel the thrill. PHOTO KARINA ERHARDT

Places to Watch

If you’ve ever skied down the sheer face of the Couloir you know it is no easy task. Add gates and berms into the pressure cooker of competition and you have a recipe for some spicy runs and exciting viewing. The classic spectator spot for this race has been to post up beside the Rendezvous Lodge. For more information and how to register visit Whistler Blackcomb’s event page.

A ski racer makes their way through the gates while racing the Saudan Couloir.
Have you got the thighs for the Saudan Couloir? PHOTO MIKE CRANE

WSSF’s Big Air

Hosted in Skiers Plaza (2024 date TBD) the ski and snowboard Big Air events should be on everyone’s must-see list. With the world’s best skiers and snowboarders sending themselves off of a giant jump, this event is a real crowd-pleaser.

snowboarder going off of a sunset jump
Big sending and sunset. PHOTO MITCH WINTON

For a real pro move, catch the show from the patios of the Garibaldi Lift Co (GLC), Longhorn Saloon & Grill, or Blacks Pub and Restaurant to enjoy dinner and drinks along with it.

Live Music at WSSF

The live music lineup for WSSF doesn’t typically get announced until mid-March, so you’ll have to hang tight for that scoop. But the range of musical talent that descends upon our little village during the festival is always wide; from old-school favourites to up-and-comers, you won’t want to miss it. Stay tuned for the full WSSF music lineup coming out in the next few weeks, and in the meantime, you can start planning using our events listing calendar.

People listening to live music during WSSF
If a village full of concerts is music to your ears, you’ll love WSSF. PHOTO MITCH WINTON

Culture Events at WSSF

Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Perfected over years and years of festivals, some core culture events have stood the test of time to return for this year’s festival, like the Sea to Sky Photo Challenge, 72-Hour Filmmaker Showdown and Intersection presented by Monster.

Conference Centre ballroom full of people watch arts and culture shows.
Be amongst your people at WSSF’s Culture events. PHOTO MITCH WINTON

Pro Festival Tips

  1. Book early – The combination of killer spring weather and tons of entertainment means WSSF draws big crowds. For the best rate and the most options, I recommend locking down your accommodation early. Extend your stay during WSSF and for every third night booked receive a free $75 CAD Whistler Après Voucher.
  2. Get your event tickets early – In the same vein, tickets for the WSSF events like the Filmmaker Showdown get snapped up like hotcakes. Buy your tickets online long before the show to save disappointment.
  3. Sunscreen – After a long winter of hiding from the cold your winter skin is primed for the roasting of a lifetime. Slap on plenty of sunscreen before venturing outdoors to save the scorch.
  4. Pack costumes – Dust off that neon onesie or animal outfit! Wearing crazy outfits during WSSF is not just allowed, it’s encouraged. To see some real outfit creativity, you won’t want to miss out on the Slush Cup. Not everyone makes it across the pond, but at least they look good doing it.
  5. Hydrate – Between skiing in the hot sun all day and dancing your face off all night it can be easy to get dehydrated. Remember to pack a refillable water bottle and use it often to keep your fluids up.
  6. Hearing protection for little ones – When the concert jams get pumping in Skier’s Plaza it can be a bit loud for little ears. Pack some hearing protection for them so you can get amongst the action.
Get a little weird, you’ll fit right in. PHOTO MITCH WINTON

Free $75 Après Voucher for Every Third Night Booked

Extend your stay during WSSF and for every third night booked receive a free $75 CAD Whistler Après Voucher.

Book your winter trip now to secure up to 25% off lodging and 33% off rentals. Thinking about spring skiing? Receive a $75 après voucher for every third night booked.

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Author

Megan is a mountain adventurer guilty of breaking the golden rule, telling everyone her mountain secrets (ok, maybe she keeps a few to herself). Ontario by birth, and now Whistler by choice, even a decade later, the mountains still take her breath away.