Thu. Mar 23, 2017

The World Ski & Snowboard Festival has been around for 22 years now and you’re a dedicated fan that goes every year without fail. You are always the first to get a look at the best in Film, Photography and Art at the Festival. Not to mention, be a part of the crowd when awesome bands have come to play on the WSSF stage, Nas, The Black Eyed Peas, and Metric to name a few. You’ve even seen the best of the best ski and snowboard athletes ride the mountain in a way you wish you could!
 But, did you know these facts:

1.     Former Pro Photographer Showdown winner, Blake Jorgenson, opened his gallery in the Westin Whistler Resort & Spa at the 2008 World Ski & Snowboard Festival and now hosts anniversary parties there each year.



 
2.     Olympic boardercross course builder, Jeff Ihaski built his first boardercross track 12 years ago at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.
 
3.     Miranda Furtado (MTV Canada Host) kick-started her television hosting career by winning the role of video host for the Dose.ca Daily Highlights videos in the 2009 Face of the Festival contest.
 
4.     On top of being the Title Music Sponsor for the show, Fido will be keeping festival goers connected to the things that they love and not charging Fido customers for data while they are on-site at WSSF. Additionally, everyone will have access to free Wi-Fi while in the Fido activation zone in Skiers Plaza



 
5.     In 2014, the Festival dates coincided with Easter Weekend so the WSSF team hid over 5,000 Easter eggs around Whistler Village for Whistler’s biggest ever Easter Egg Hunt!
 
6.     Big Air Bear, the Festival’s official mascot, celebrates his 15th birthday this year!



 
7.     Ski personality, Colby West, created and hosted WSSF’s first ever extreme sports talk show in 2014. The show was filmed live on location and aired on ESPN.com
 
8.     Canadian Olympian Roz Groenewoud first competed at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival WSI events in 2009 when she was 15 years old. Star-struck to be competing in the half-pipe finals alongside her icons Sarah Burke, Marie Martinod and Jen Hudak, Roz later won the Women’s Big Air event that year and marks that as the most memorable sporting achievement of her career. In 2014, Roz represented Canada in the Women’s Ski Halfpipe in Sochi, Russia.

9.     Celebrities sometimes show up at 72 hr Filmmaker Showdown
 
*cough* Justin Timberlake *cough* in 2004 *cough*



 
10.  Swollen Members has played the most shows in WSSF history on the free outdoor concert series stage.