Event Recap: Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival 2014

As busy young professionals, the WSSF is always a welcomed excuse to let off some steam away from the office, and this year’s finale weekend just so happened to have an extra day tacked onto it (thank you Easter!) After a picturesque trip up the Sea to Sky, we landed in the village and grabbed our media creds before heading over to the Cascade Lodge (our base for the next few nights). 

Unloading took next to no time and we were off to check out the action at Whistler/Blackcomb Base – home to the Big Air competition, open-air concerts and plenty of WSSF action. 

The energy was palpable at the mainstage located at skier’s plaza and we caught Fort Knox Five presenting their DJ set to a packed audience under blue bird skies. Friends had scored a sweet spot at a nearby patio, so we made our way over and let the revelry truly begin as this 10-day festival manages to meld the worlds of sport, art, music and partying perfectly.

After heading to Earl’s lounge for a quick communal bite with friends, we made our way back to the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) just in time to catch the Silent Disco.  

We arrived to a room that was already packed with partiers, some still in board gear from a day on the mountain, others dressed to the nines in an assortment of interesting attire).  Guests handed over ID and scored themselves a set of headphones and were instructed to let loose and have fun, selecting from several different channels of music courtesy of DJs vying for their votes. As a consistent sell-out event at the WSSF, the Silent Disco offers up a different way to get groovy we totally dig. 

A lazy start the following day meant a trip down to Function Junction for a NeoWhistler Yoga class to get us feeling limber for a day on the mountain. It was all about heading up the hill (a little morning rain didn’t dampen our spirits as we headed up the gondola). Once on top, conditions cleared and we made our way to the Demo Park to try out the latest gear from a plethora of brands (we counted at least 25-30 on offer).

Après-hour came before long and it was back to base to queue up with like-minded friends for a few hours before getting ready for a final big night out on the town. We checked out The End (the official party hosted by the WSSF) before finding ourselves at Buffalo Bills for some serious dancing before eventually calling it a night.

Breakfast was slow coming (and by that we mean we were slow moving), which works fine with the exceptionally laid-back style that pretty much embodies life in Whistler. Unable to decide between heading over to Wild Wood’s or braving the brunch line at Elements, we opted to grab a seat on the heated patio at Black’s Pub back in the Village and reminisced about the weekend’s debaucherous festivities. 

Whatever happens in Whistler stays in Whistler… at least where the WSSF is concerned.

#LYNL | (Live Your Notable Life)


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