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Monday, October 6, 2014

Winter anticipation builds at Whistler with turkey sale and October festival lineup

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - October 6, 2014

Winter anticipation builds at Whistler with turkey sale and October festival lineup

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Whistler, B.C. – Turkey sale, movie premieres, a celebration of the written word, mushroom hutning and a horror fest -- it must be October in Whistler.

October in Whistler brings with it much anticipation for the upcoming winter season and with an exciting lineup of pre-winter festivals and events, it’s a great time to visit the resort.

The air is crisper, the surrounding foliage pops with the vibrant colours of fall, and there is much to experience and explore.

The annual Turkey Sale and Whistler Mountain Ski & Board Swap is reason enough to visit Whistler. This longstanding tradition is the weekend for ultimate winter preparation. Pre-season savings at the turkey sale at the base of Blackcomb Mountain draw visitors from near and far, sourcing the best deals on gear for the upcoming season. The Whistler Mountain Ski and Snowboard Swap offers quality pre-owned equipment and there is a wide selection of clothing and accessories from local Whistler retailers. The Turkey Sale and Whistler Mountain Ski & Board Swap runs from October 10-13.

This weekend also marks the final farmers’ market for the season, with vendors located along the Upper Village Stroll at the base of Blackcomb.

Break up the shopping with the International Freeski Festival at Rainbow Theatre October 10 and 11. Featuring premieres of the year’s best ski movies, along with themed parties on both the Friday and Saturday nights, the International Freeski Festival is bound to get people excited for winter.

In addition, Mountain Life Media presents the Canadian premier of The Little Things – a snowboard movie project based on environmentally conscious riders – at Millennium Place October 16.

Also in October, Whistler welcomes the annual Readers’ and Writers’ Festival (October 17-19) featuring an all-star lineup of guest authors, workshops, panel discussions, reading and spoken word events and parties. This year’s festival features Canada Reads winner and Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General’s Award for Fiction nominee Joseph Boyden, as well as Anne-Marie MacDonald (Fall On Your Knees, The Way the Crow Flies), Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winner Audrey Thomas (Local Customs), BC Prize winner Grant Lawrence, Kobzar Literary Award winner Luba Goy and Charles Foran, winner of the Governor General’s Award. The three-day festival attracts readers, aspiring writers and published authors.

Learn more about the “fungus among us” with the Whistler Naturalists as they present the annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival October 17 and 18 with presentations, guided walks and gourmet wild mushroom tasting.

The Heavy Hitting HorrorFest is Western Canada’s longst running horror film festival, taking place at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler October 30.

Book early and save for winter. Book your winter vacation at by November 15 to save up to 42 per cent on stay and ski packages. Whistler-based travel consultants at can customize vacation packages, taking care of flights, ground transportation, accommodation and activities. offers the largest selection with no booking fee for accommodation and activities. Call 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) to request a no-obligation quote or visit for more details and offers.


Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Broadcasters: Whistler now has the capability to take you live with our enhanced fibre network. The significantly expanded network of more than 200 kilometres of fibre optic cabling throughout the resort allows instant transmission of HD signals to any location at any time. Details on how to access, and book the fibre are available on our media site.

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