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Whistler Vibe - April




 Whistler Vibe: Tourism Whistler's monthly media newsletter

Welcome to Tourism Whistler's media newsletter, featuring information on what's new, upcoming events, as well as quirky and interesting Whistler story ideas.

April 2011

Spring lands in Whistler with emerging greens in the valley, blue-bird spring skiing and snowboarding and neon colours at the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival. Celebrate longer days and warmer temperatures with ski season finale events like Whistler Cup, Ronald McDonald House Ski Challenge and Mum's Mountain Classic, or take a more leisurely approach to April with savory events like the Winemaker's Après Series and Dine in Whistler.


Tokyo Police Club and Broken Social Scene play at TWSSF
Tokyo Police Club, Broken Social Scene, Spirit of the West and Dilated Pupils are just some of the acts lined up for this year's annual TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival, as well as Swollen Members, Ozomatli and Fort Know Five. The free music shows are part of the festival's AXE Concert Series and will take place daily at the Main Stage at Skiers Plaza between 2:30-5:30 p.m.   

Skiers and boarders ready for record-setting spring conditions 
As temperatures warm up, skiers and boarders are anticipating phenomenal spring conditions on Whistler Blackcomb. Since the beginning of the season, the mountains have seen a total snowfall accumulation of 1388 centimetres, and Whistler Blackcomb reports that this year's snow base is the second largest one on record. The season continues for two more months, with Whistler Mountain closing April 26 and Blackcomb Mountain on May 23. 

Second phase of the Sea to Sky Cultural Journey unveiled
The Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations' tourism presence in the Sea to Sky Corridor received a boost last month with the launch of  Phase II of the Cultural Journey program. Among the features that visitors to Whistler can expect to see are wood-carved welcome figures and more information kiosks along Highway 99. First Nations' pieces will likely also be added to the Whistler Olympic Plaza when the facility is completed next summer. For more information, visit and 

Whistler Blackcomb offers spring savings on 2011-2011 passes
Ski and snowboarding enthusiasts can get a head start on next season, with Whistler Blackcomb's spring price guarantee for 2011-2012 season passes and Edge Cards. Before May 6, 2011, pass holders can lock down an adult unlimited pass rate of $1,199 with a non-refundable $199 (plus tax) deposit and pay the balance in September. Even better, people who buy their pass this spring can use it to ski the rest of the 2010-2011 season as well. 

Whistler community gets ready for mountain bike season
The Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) welcomes the mountain bike season this May with their annual swap. Riders can sell, buy or upgrade used gear and bikes. The event takes place at Whistler Olympic Plaza between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., with all proceeds going towards WORCA's summer youth programs. 


Whistler Cup - April 8-10
Over the past two decades, the Whistler Cup has grown to become the largest and one of the most important international ski races for athletes aged 11 to 14. It is held under the auspice of FIS, the international governing body for alpine skiing, and brings together hundreds of young athletes from 23 countries. 

Performance Series at Millennium Place: Dufflebag Theatre - April 2
DuffleBag Theatre returns for another hilarious season of interactive storytelling theatre. The actors retell original adaptations of select fairy tales and Shakespearean classics full of wit and humour. Just when the audience becomes enthralled by the story, a twist is created, and the audience is asked to come on stage and join the action.

Ronald McDonald House Charity Ski Challenge - April 5
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada is a registered charity that is dedicated to helping children with serious illnesses or disabilities, and their families, lead happier and healthier lives. The 22nd annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Ski Challenge will see skiers enjoy a full day of skiing and activities on Blackcomb Mountain while raising money for charity.

Mum's Mountain Classic - April 7
This fun annual event exhibits the feminine side of Whistler, with skiing and snowboarding mums and grandmums taking to the slopes. The day includes morning coffee, race practice, a match-time race, lunch at Christine's Restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain and après festivities. The theme for the 2011 race is Western, so expect to see lots of cowboy hats, plaid and leather. 

Winemaker Après Series: See Ya Later Ranch - April 13
In an ode to great cuisine, the Après Series will see food and wine aficionados gather at Steeps Grill at the top of Whistler Mountain to sample the British Columbian inspired menu. The third and final Winemaker's event this season will see dishes paired with wine from the See Ya Later Ranch in the Okanagan area of B.C.
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