Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival

April 10 – 14, 2019

Known to locals as WSSF, the World Ski and Snowboard Festival combines spring energy with Whistler's unique mountain culture for 5 days of non-stop events and action on and off the slopes. There's ski and snowmboard competitions, music, art, photography, filmmaking, ski and snowboard competitions and exciting nightlife, PLUS some of the best skiing and après sessions of the season. Take our word for it, you’ll need more than the weekend to appreciate this vibe.

WSSF Schedule

WSSF is going to be one for the record books, with speed and style competitions, concerts and a slew of evening events and afterparties. Learn about the events and view the schedule highlights below.

NEW for 2019: Big Air is going even bigger. A substantial increase to the prize purse for the ski and snowboard events is expected to bring in the heavy hitters within the snow sports arena.

Click to View 2019 Schedule Highlights

April 10 - 14 Daily Events and Activities*

TimeEventLocation
8:30 AM - 4 PMSpring Skiing and RidingWhistler Blackcomb
TBCWSSF Outdoor Concert Series
WSSF’s Outdoor Concert Series brings acclaimed musicians and DJs to the stage for all-ages celebration and good times.
TBC
TBCSwatch ART+Soul
Celebrating the creative spirit that shines bright in the Sea to Sky, giving local artists the opportunity to share their work with the community and festival-goers from around the world.
The Whistler Conference Centre
EveningMusic, Parties and Nightlife
Scheduled and unscheduled, there's something on every night of the festival. Stay tuned for more announcements.
Various Venues

Wednesday, April 10

TimeEventLocation
TBCMultiplicity presented by Mountain Life
Imagine sitting around a campfire telling stories, then take that experience and multiply it. Multiplicity presented by Mountain Life captures human beings’ rich tradition of storytelling, then elevates it, adding in visual elements of photography, slideshows and video.
Whistler Conference Centre

Thursday, April 11

TimeEventLocation
TBCPro Photographer Showdown
Six photographers compete to wow the judges and the audience with shots that capture sports, culture, and the human spirit.
Whistler Conference Centre

Friday, April 12

TimeEventLocation
TBCMonster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships
Whistler Blackcomb is the fourth stop in BC for this incomparable snowboard contest. Free to enter, the event offers a men's and women's open category with $50,000 in prize money to be won.
TBC
TBCSaudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme presented by Kokanee
Billed as the steepest ski race in the world, the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme presented by Kokanee is the stuff of Whistler legend. *The race is weather dependant and could land on either Friday, April 12 or Saturday, April 13 - check wssf.com for up-to-date information.
Saudan Couloir, Blackcomb Mountain
TBCSki & Snowboard Big Air
One of the world's best Big Air competitions, this event draws top athletes and enthusiastic spectators for the last comp of the year. Watch as athletes take insane air off a huge jump at the base of Whistler Mountain.
Skier's Plaza
TBC72hr Filmmaker Showdown
Teams have 72 hours to shoot, edit and produce a 3 - 5 minute short film taken within a 100 kilometres of Whistler Village. Judges are looking for originality, skill and stamina when choosing just one winner for Best of Show.
Whistler Conference Centre

Saturday, April 13

TimeEventLocation
TBCMonster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships
Whistler Blackcomb is the fourth stop in BC for this incomparable snowboard contest. Free to enter, the event offers a men's and women's open category with $50,000 in prize money to be won.
TBC
TBCSaudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme presented by Kokanee
Billed as the steepest ski race in the world, the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme presented by Kokanee is the stuff of Whistler legend. *The race is weather dependant and could land on either Friday, April 12 or Saturday, April 13 - check wssf.com for up-to-date information.
Saudan Couloir, Blackcomb Mountain
TBCSki & Snowboard Big Air
One of the world's best Big Air competitions, this event draws top athletes and enthusiastic spectators for the last comp of the year. Watch as athletes take insane air off a huge jump at the base of Whistler Mountain.
Skier's Plaza
TBCIntersection
Six teams put together a 5-7 minute ski / snowboard film in just seven days to impress the audience, with one team taking home $10,000.
Whistler Conference Centre

Sunday, April 14

TimeEventLocation
TBCTwisted Tea Slush Cup
Here's your chance to ski or ride down the mountain and then huck yourself over a freezing cold slush pond! If this sounds good, put on your favourite onesie and brush up on your grabs for a chance to win Best Costume or Trick. Spectators must have a lift ticket.
TBC

*Everything on the schedule subject to change.

WSSF Tickets and Box Office Information

Tickets will be available for sale on the festival website and at the Box Office during the festival. Stay tuned for updates on ticket releases.

So what’s the deal with spring in Whistler? Think goggle tans, soft spring turns for skiers and snowboarders and a village bursting with things to do off the slopes from sunny après sessions to more outdoor adventures and space to relax.

  • Spring in Whistler – It's the do-anything season - get a taste for it.
  • Après – We can't stress the importance of catching up with friends and your Vitamin D intake at the same time.
  • Arts & Culture – In addition to what's on at WSSF, there's a bunch of venues and arts events to up your culture game
  • Nightlife – the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down – Whistler's nightclubs are the place to see and be seen
  • Chill – Spa, yoga, float for a hangover cure or work on that New Year's resolution to find balance
  • Dine – keep your energy levels up by working your way through Whistler's many, many menus
  • Shopping – Winter is drawing to a close, which means spring deals on gear!
  • Snow Fun – Depending on the snowline, there’ll still be plenty of winter activities to try
  • More Fun – We might also have some of our warm weather activities in play – just depends on where the snow line is!

World Ski and Snow Festival Accommodation Partners

Aava Hotel Whistler
Resort Quest Whistler
Crystal Lodge Logo
Delta Whistler Village Suites
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Listel Hotel Whistler
Nita Lake Lodge
Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside

 

Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
Pinnacle Hotel Whistler
Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel

 

 

Whistler Peak Lodge
The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

 

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