Thu. Apr 20, 2017

Ten epic days have gone by in a flash …mountain culture and spirit are bigger and brighter than they have ever been as the season comes to a close. Here are a few of our favourite things that went down at WSSF this year:

Sunny, Busty and the Bass Sunday Afternoons
April 9th Busty and the Bass performed on the Fido Main Stage and brought a taste of spring with them. It was seriously the perfect day with the sun shining bright and warm enough weather to take your winter jacket off that we had all been buried in for the past 6 months. Busty and the Bass, a 9 piece band brought the good tunes and chill vibes for a perfect Sunday Afternoon. It doesn’t get any better than that!



A Chilly Slush Cup
The weather was a little different than the last (sunny) slush cup in 2011, but that didn’t stop the true mountain enthusiasts from having a go at the huge kicker and slush pond built by Twisted Tea. The bails were many, the costumes were outrageous and the crowd of spectators grew throughout the day. Even as the event ended there were people lining up to have a go at the cold, slushy pond. It was a spectacle fantastic to behold, and an event that people will be talking about for years to come.




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Swollen Members make a comeback  

It’s been a while since Whistler has hosted Swollen Members on the main stage, and it seemed clear that not only did Whistler miss the band, the band missed Whistler. The energy and showmanship of this crew was felt through the crowd and beyond.




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Max Parrot Comes to town to chill with the Monster Energy Crew
One thing to know about the World Ski & Snowboard Festival is that Pro Athletes love it! They play all day on the mountain and then party all night, fully embracing the festivals spirit and Max Parrot is no different. Max and the Monster Energy Crew threw down some big moves on the hill and had a blast at the Busta Rhymes Concert at the Fido Main Stage.




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Jerry from RK Films lands the epic trick but not the girl
During Intersection Presented by Bromley Sports, RK Films tell us the story of Big Air Jerry.  New to skiing Jerry and his experienced friends hit the mountain for a full day of skiing. Jerry struggles to keep up with his friends, but continues to try. When the team goes in for a break Jerry meets the love of his life, Sherry. They stare into each other’s eyes lovingly until their friends pull them away to continue their day. Through the terrain park, trees and to the back country Jerry’s friends take him for a ride. Until they find a sweet cliff to jump from and egg Jerry on to hit it and impress Sherry. Jerry gains the courage to do it and NAILS it, only to find out that Sherry has a boyfriend. Poor Jerry. 

Busta FINALLY making it to the WSSF and set the mic on fire!
After a 2 hour delay, one of the biggest crowds that the festival had even seen finally saw the clouds part and legend Busta Rhymes bring the stage to life! From drinking Champagne on stage to stealing a locals toque and wearing it, and getting into the crowd and chilling with his fans, it was a show to go down in WSSF history. We love you Busta!


 
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The WSSF Festival Diet
When the festival comes to town so does all the free goodies! Old Dutch Chips, Clif Bars, Devour Jerky, Jones Soda and Guayaki Yerbe Mate Tea, walking by the tents every day and seeing how many goodies you can snag. Life doesn’t get any better. 😎

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Dawn of the Dead Season had 1500 locals laughing at Whistler’s inside jokes
Kyle Killeen had the Olympus 72hr Filmmaker audience howling at the ongoing inside jokes in “Dawn of the Dead Season” where Whistlerites become infected by a zombie STD and a battle brews between them and the one man (with his pal, the broom) to try and save the town, until he gets infected too. Thank goodness for the May long weekend tourists coming to Whistler and saving the day!


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TONS of Love for Sue Eckersley the Festival Director and heart of the World Ski & Snowboard Festival
This year’s festival had an extra spark to it, we could definitely feel the love in the air for Sue. Every night we heard a shout out to Sue from our performers, hosts and guests. In the newspaper, there were several articles from editors and readers about what a profound effect Sue has had on our community with her efforts on the festival. Thanks Sue for a kick a*s 10 days!