Downhill Cheddar Chasing: Cheese Rolling Festival Returns, Aug 15

Photo sourced from Canadiancheeserolling.ca

Photo sourced from Canadiancheeserolling.ca

Ready for something extremely cheesy?

The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival returns to Whistler, this Saturday, Aug. 15. The premise is pretty straightforward. An 11-pound wheel of Canadian cheese is rolled down a hill on Blackcomb Mountain. Fearless competitors – in protective helmets and sometimes ridiculous costumes – chase after it, slipping, tripping and flipping their way down the slope in an effort to cross the finish line first.

And the prize for all this cheesy mayhem: A giant wheel of of cheese, of course, not to mention a pair of season ski passes to Whistler Blackcomb.  Continue reading:
Downhill Cheddar Chasing: Cheese Rolling Festival Returns, Aug 15

Get ready for Araxi longtable dinners 2015 in Vancouver & Pemberton

Araxi's longtable at Pemberton's North Arm Farm | Photo credit Toshi Kawano

Araxi’s longtable at Pemberton’s North Arm Farm | Photo credit Toshi Kawano

They’re back…and the tables are longer than ever.

Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar has announced the dates for its 2015 Longtable Dinner Series. The popular events are notable for both their strikingly beautiful outside locations and their visual appeal.

Then, of course, there’s the four-course meal of farm-to-table fare, designed by executive chef James Walt.

Every year, the Whistler fine-dining establishment organizes some of the region’s most sophisticated picnics. A very long table–think 250 people seated from end to end–is set with white linens and wine glasses.

Then, strangers quickly become friends over an al-fresco meal served family-style.

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Get ready for Araxi longtable dinners 2015 in Vancouver & Pemberton

All about TED2015 and TEDActive – This week in Vancouver and Whistler

Photo credit: Pierre Omidyar | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Pierre Omidyar | Wikimedia Commons

This week, some of the world’s brightest and boldest-thinking scientists, politicians, musicians, journalists and entertainers are taking the stage in the Vancouver Convention Centre for TED2015, March 16-20.  The annual seminar – famous for its inspired, 18-minute talks – has become a household name, with YouTube videos chalking up literally billions of views.

If you aren’t among the lucky few to have scored tickets for the event (which go for $8,500, by the way), you can catch the TED talks live on simulcasts throughout Vancouver. See this post for all the details on where to watch for free, including at the Vancouver Public Library, Science World and other locations.

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8 Days, 65 Parties: Whistler Pride and Ski Week Returns, Jan 24

Photo sourced from Tourism Whistler

Photo sourced from Tourism Whistler

One of the top Pride and ski fests on the planet is coming to Whistler.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is set to turn the Whistler Blackcomb resort into a non-stop party zone, Jan. 24-Jan. 31.  Now in its 23rd year, the annual festival celebrates diversity on and off the slopes, packing more than 65 events into eight days.

Over the course of the week, guests split their time between carving up Whistler’s 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and celebrating with apres ski parties, club nights and special events down in the village. Each day during the festival, ski guides are on hand to escort groups on free guided tours of the mountain, showing off all the best runs and local secrets.

Once lifts close for the day, attention turns to apres ski parties in Whistler Village. Continue reading:
8 Days, 65 Parties: Whistler Pride and Ski Week Returns, Jan 24

Ready for North America’s Biggest Ski, Music and Arts Fest?

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Ready for some spring skiing, free live concerts and mind-bending ski and boarding competitions?

North America’s largest “winter sports, music, arts and mountain culture” festival is coming to Whistler, April 11-April 20.  The World Ski and Snowboard Festival features 10 days of world-class competition, free hip hop and electronic dance music shows and, of course, all the skiing and boarding you want at one of the continent’s highest-rated resorts – all just two short hours from Vancouver.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store:

WSSF | Dave Humphreys / dhump.ca

WSSF | Dave Humphreys / dhump.ca

Live sportsSpectator sports offerings range from the heart-pounding to the goofy and absurd.  At the World Skiing Invitational, see competitors face off in an adrenaline-packed slopestyle competition and truly jaw-dropping big air jump competition. Equally impressive, the Shred Show sees the world’s best snowboarders compete on a huge, 70-foot table jump.  Meanwhile, furry mascots do battle in Mascot Mayhem, while local pets participate in the Whistler Dogfest and roller-skaters face off in roller derby on Super Brawl Sunday.

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