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Whistler Vibe

Welcome to Tourism Whistler's monthly media newsletter, featuring what's new, what’s happening, and what makes Whistler a top year-round destination.

January 2018

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Samsung Deep Winter Photo Challenge  |  January 6
Whistler's Junior Freeski Challenges  |  January 6 - 7
Whistler Pride and Ski Festival  |  January 21 - 28
Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Snowcross   |  Various dates January 27 - March 4
Peak to Valley Race  |  February 23 - 24
Sigge’s P’ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event  |  February 24
Hawksworth Lunch Series on Whistler Mountain  |  January 13, February 10, March 10
Winemaker Après Series at Steeps Grill & Wine Bar  |  January 25, February 27, March 15, April 5

What's New & Happening

Olympic Winter Games

Celebrate the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Whistler

The Olympic Games bring the world together in ways few celebrations can achieve and Whistler, Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, still buzzes with Olympic spirit and energy. In celebration of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games taking place in PyeongChang from February 9 - 25, 2018, the CBC daily broadcast will stream live on a big outdoor screen at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Relive the thrill and legacy of winter Olympic sports in Whistler with a bobsleigh or skeleton experience at the Whistler Sliding Centre, cross-country ski and biathlon at Whistler Olympic Park or enjoy a private ski or snowboard lesson with an Olympian to learn new skills from one of the best athletes in the world.

Mountain Skills Academy

New Mountain Skills Academy Tour: Intro to Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

For those wanting to experience the backcountry before making the commitment to gear and training, Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures offers a new tour this season allowing participants the opportunity to get a taste of the backcountry with the expertise and safety of a professional guide. On this daylong tour, learn the backcountry basics and uncover fresh lines beyond Whistler Blackcomb. Avalanche safety equipment is included and premium touring gear is available to rent at a discounted rate. Tours start at $239 per person.

BC Family Day

BC Family Day in Whistler

Celebrate BC Family Day, on Monday February 12, with these five fun family activities that suit any budget:

1. Hit the slopes for a family ski day, where BC Residents receive 50% off full day lift tickets on February 12, or enjoy the excitement of sliding down the slopes at the Coca-Cola Tube Park.

2. Check out the 5th annual Cypress Point Winter Carnival on February 11 for an afternoon of games, photo booth, shinny on the lake, ice sculpting, live music, with great food and drinks.

3. Cheer on athletes as they compete at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. The CBC daily broadcast will stream live at Whistler Olympic Plaza on the big screen.

4. Enjoy free live music, activities, games, and arts and crafts at Family Après from 3-6 pm Mondays and Wednesdays at Whistler Olympic Plaza (weather dependent).

5. Learn more about the vibrant history of our land, people and town at the Audain Art Museum (Family Studio program run Sundays plus a special BC Family Day edition running February 12, admission free 18 years and under), Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (free interactive tours run hourly) or Whistler Museum (special Kids Après on February 12 from  3-6 pm).

Sigge’s P’ayakentsut

Sigge’s P’ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event, February 24

The annual Sigge’s P’ayakentsut is a cross-country ski event for all ages and levels on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Traversing Olympic legacy trails as well as old growth forests, the cross-country skiing loppet offers participants a chance to train, meet new friends and enjoy the beauty of the Callaghan Valley. In addition to the loppets, there are kids and youth team events, tackling everything from giant skis to hills and jumps of ski-cross type terrain on skinny skis.

January Events

Whistler Arts & Culture

Whistler offers a multitude of cultural offerings from engaging art exhibitions, live music and dance performances, and international film and culinary events making it a vibrant arts and culture destination.

Emily Carr painting

Rare Emily Carr painting housed at Audain Art Museum

One of the most important paintings of Canadian artist Emily Carr was acquired by the Audain Art Museum. Painted in 1911 while Carr was studying in France, Le Paysage was recently added to the Audain’s leading collection of Carr’s works. “What makes this painting phenomenally important in Canadian art history is that it is definitely one of two Carr works that were accepted for the 1911 Salon d’Automne at the Grand Palais,” says Darrin Martens, the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chief Curator at the Museum. In 2019 the Museum will mount the first exhibition of Carr’s French work, which so influenced her later development to become Canada’s best-known artist.
Le Paysage by Emily Carr pictured.

Whistler Stories

Reid Watts Young Whistlerite named for Winter Olympics 2018

Whistler's first confirmed Olympian for the 2018 Winter Games, Reid Watts, is also likely to be one of the youngest. Watts turned 19 in December, and shortly after was one of eight Canadian lugers named to the national team to compete in PyeongChang, South Korea in February. Watt’s started luge at age 9 when he attended a recruitment camp at the Whistler Sliding Centre after watching a bobsleigh race. He is now the first Whistler luge athlete to represent Canada at the Olympics; a great result for the luge program in Whistler. Whilst this is his first senior Games, Watts won bronze at the Youth Olympics in Norway in 2016 and he expects that experience will help him adjust to the Olympic atmosphere.
Image credit: Luge Canada

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March Events

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