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Whistler Resort’s energy level gets cranked up even more during event time, and Whistler is among the best and most experienced in the world at executing top-notch events. Whatever the season, Whistler delivers events and festivals that celebrate the arts, pay homage to action sports, groove to live music, indulge in food and drink, and so much more. And more often than not, Whistler-based events integrate all of these elements together into a festive atmosphere that truly delivers an overload to the senses.
Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival (August)
Every summer, the biggest names in mountain biking descend upon Whistler to be part of the evolution of their sport at Crankworx Whistler. Since its inception in 2004, Crankworx is considered one of the world's preeminent mountain bike festivals, and has become a testing ground for innovation as the Whistler Mountain Bike Park serves as the backdrop to athletes, manufacturers and course developers striving to revolutionize the mountain bike industry. Athletes from across the globe flock to the festival to try their hand at some of the most innovative and challenging courses in the industry, while fans rush to watch the dirt, mud and athletes fly.
The ten-day festival features ground breaking events such as its marquee event, Red Bull Joyride, a top level “diamond” rated event in the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour. Always pushing the boundaries, Crankworx Whistler forever evolves with events such as the Ultimate Pump Track Challenge and Deep Summer Photo Challenge. The long daylight hours and hot summer weather mean more time to take in the live music, riding demonstrations and smokin' competition not to mention more than a few epic parties.
World Ski & Snowboard Festival (April)
Of all Whistler festivals, the legendary ten day celebration of music, arts and sports truly helped to put Whistler on the map within the ski and snowboard industry. In its inaugural year back in 1994, a still relatively unknown resort north of the border in Canada hosted a springtime event – first named the World Technical Skiing Championships – to increase visitation and showcase epic spring snow conditions. Fast forward a few years when founder Doug Perry and his team set up a stage in Whistler's Village Square and invited an obscure band called Nickelback to play, and the event truly became a festival celebrating music, arts and sports. Now, as the 22nd Annual World Ski and Snowboard Festival approaches, huge crowds are drawn to the resort at a time when most other ski towns are shutting down for the season. Ever-evolving to showcase new trends, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival is the home to the original nighttime Big Air.
Deep Winter (January) and Deep Summer (august) Photo Challenge Events
It all began with an idea put forth by the godfather of freeskiing and Whistler local, Mike Douglas back in 2006. What better way to showcase Whistler Blackcomb's deep winter storm cycles than to celebrate them? Whistler Blackcomb is a lot of things, but it ain't no blue-bird days/champagne powder-filled resort in mid-January. It snows here. A lot! So Douglas, together with renowned local pro photographer Paul Morrison, Whistler Blackcomb and Arc'teryx, put their heads together and an event was born (in January 2007).
Whistler Blackcomb's now-legendary photo contest 'Deep Winter' takes place in the depth of winter and celebrates the powerful storm cycles that the Coast Mountains get pounded with, and Whistler skiers and riders revel in. Pro ski and snowboard photographers battle it out in the Photo Challenge, which features slideshows of images captured over three days on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The winner is crowned King/Queen of storms at the end of the inspiring evening, now noted as a breakthrough moment in many past winners’ photography careers.
Building on the popularity of this grassroots winter event, Crankworx developed a sister event called 'Deep Summer', celebrating the hot and dusty days of summer in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Similarly, pro mountain bike photographers capture stunning images of dirt/rock/gravity/air meets metal, in a captivating show that has sold out every year since its inception in 2009. Only in a town with such relentless pursuit of passions can such events be so celebrated and anticipated.
GO FEST: WHISTLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS FESTIVAL (MAY)
GO Fest is Whistler’s newest festival and was created by the Resort Municipality of Whistler to celebrate the unique time of year in Whistler when people can choose their own adventure, whether it be winter or summer themed pursuits. GO Fest includes three days of epic sporting challenges involving skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, river rafting, a slush cup and more! The festival also features free outdoor concerts and takes place every year on the Victoria Day May-Long Weekend.