Whistler BC • April 10-15, 2018
ABOUT THE WORLD SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL
Do I need to buy a Festival pass or ticket?
No. There is no admission fee to take part in the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Many of the events are free!
Tickets are required for a few of the evening events, including The END, Intersection, the Pro Photographer Showdown and the 72hr. Filmmaker Showdown.
What's happening at night?
There are lots of things happening every night during the Festival. The bars and clubs are hopping with free music as part of the Kokanee Freeride Club Series. Inspiring film and photography events take place during the evenings, plus there are always lots of surprises around every corner and in every bar. Check out the Festival Schedule for the ‘official' nightlife line-up but keep your eyes open for impromptu cool stuff…
I don't ski or snowboard, what can I do?
The World Ski & Snowboard Festival isn't just about skiing or snowboarding – there are lots of events for everyone to enjoy. Many of the events take place in the pedestrian-only Whistler Village … be inspired at the Pro Photographer Showdown, the 72hr Filmmaker Showdown and Intersection at the Whistler Conference Centre. Browse through the village shops, art galleries and enjoy the many culinary adventures throughout Whistler's many world-class restaurants.
ABOUT FESTIVAL ACCESS
Where in Whistler is the Festival?
The Festival takes place all over Whistler Village. Events take place on the mountains, throughout the Village, in the Whistler Conference Centre, and in various venues around town.
Do I need a lift ticket to see the alpine events?
Yes, a lift ticket is required to watch the on-hill events. Information about lift tickets can be found at www.whistlerblackcomb.com or at Guest Relations, located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
Do I need skis or a snowboard to watch the alpine contests?
The Superpipe on Blackcomb Mountain is located just below the Solar Coaster and Catskinner lifts and requires spectators to have skis or snowboards.
How do I get tickets to the evening film and photography events?
Tickets for the Pro Photographer Showdown and the 72hr Filmmaker Showdown are available here.
Where is the WSSF Box Office located?
We encourage guests to purchase tickets in advance online as our shows often sell out. However, if you would like to speak to someone about the shows or have any other questions, the Box Office is located outside the main entrance to the Whistler Conference Centre during the WSSF.
Can I compete in the ski and snowboard events?
Athlete events are still to be determind. More information will be added to the website as it becomes available.
Can I enter the 72hr. Filmmaker Showdown?
All you need to enter the Filmmaker Showdown is an idea, a video camera, some editing equipment and the allotted 72 hours! Registration will be added to the website soon.
How can I volunteer for the Festival?
Sign up for what might just be one of the best volunteer experiences of your life. Choose from a wide range of on-mountain, in-village operations or VIP hosting positions. Gain valuable experience in all aspects of event operation. The swag package and the volunteer party are legendary!
How do I get to Whistler?
There are a number of transport options to get you here. Whistler is a two-hour drive from the Vancouver International Airport, which is a direct flight from many major cities in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Bus or limousine transfers and car rentals are available at the airport or from downtown Vancouver (20 minutes from the airport). A heli-service or float plane service is also available. Definitely book in advance! Check out our WSSF Travel Page or for more detailed information click here.
Where can I stay while in Whistler?
Check out the Travel Info section for travel packages and accommodation options in Whistler during the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. April delivers great value in the form of lift and lodging packages. You'll find everything from luxury hotels to cozy condos complete with kitchen and laundry facilities – many of which are just steps away from the lifts. Get up here and stay for a long time…it'll be a blast.
How much is a Whistler Blackcomb lift ticket?
Visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com to find out more about lift ticket pricing during the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.
Where can I rent skis or snowboards?
Rentals are available through Whistler Blackcomb. Book ahead on-line and pick up your equipment at one of the many rental shops at the base of the mountains. Visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/rentals/ for info.
How do I get around once I'm in Whistler?
Whistler Village is designed for pedestrians and the majority of hotels are within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, nightlife and the ski lifts. Vehicles are not allowed in the pedestrian-only Village although there's lots of parking in the skier day lots or overnight in secure underground hotel parking lots. Whistler has an excellent public transit system with a free Village Shuttle that loops around the village every 10 minutes. There's also an efficient taxi service to help get you where you want to go.
Are babysitting services available for when I go out at night?
Babysitter services are available in Whistler through Babysitting Whistler www.babysittingwhistler.com.
Live at the Festival
- The legendary Sylvain Saudan was in Whistler last week as athletes took to the course that bears his name for the f… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 7 h
- One of our favourite piccies from the festival - when the sun started to set during the Snowboard Big Air and Olymp… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 13 h
- Last week over 90 snowboarders competed in the @MonsterEnergy Boarderstyle World Championship finals. We've got a r… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Apr 19
- Need a morning chuckle? Check out the @TwistedTea Slush Cup recap video on our FB/YouTube page - chuckles guarantee… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Apr 19
- After the ski action wrapped up at the Big Air last Friday night it was over to @ATribeCalledRed who continued to a… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Apr 18