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

Free Skiing for Anyone Dressed Like Santa, Dec. 14

Photo credit: Stéfan | Flickr

Photo credit: Stéfan | Flickr

Ready to get into the holiday spirit . . . and save some money on the slopes at the same time?

Whistler Blackcomb Mountain is running a rather unusual holiday-themed promotion this Saturday, Dec. 14.  Skiers and boarders decked out in full Santa gear – that includes everything from the pants to the beard – will get a free lift ticket.

Yes, it might be a bit of a challenge to navigate all those black diamond runs in a big red suit. But consider that you’ll be saving the cost of a full ticket, $109 this year.  That’s some serious incentive to look your jolliest.

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Free Skiing for Anyone Dressed Like Santa, Dec. 14

Araxi To Host Famous Summer Longtable Dinner Series In Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Photo credit: Toshi Kawano.

Photo credit: Toshi Kawano.

Araxi Restaurant‘s Longtable Series is one of the most famous culinary events in British Columbia. It’s worth the hype. Award-winning Araxi executive chef James Walt, known for pioneering farm-to-table fare, crafts exclusive four-course menus using ingredients from nearby fields and waters. While the menu will impress, it’s the setting that takes the dinner series from tasty to grand. Araxi sets up a 300-seat longtable in a striking outdoor location. Diners indulge in decadent communal dining as the sun sets against a stunning natural backdrop.

New in summer 2013, the Araxi Longtable Series is adding Stanley Park in Vancouver to its location list. The Stanley Park Longtable Dinner takes place Saturday, July 27 at the park’s Prospect Point–one of the best viewpoints Stanley Park has to offer. As part of the Vancouver event, an exclusive farmers’ market will be on site, allowing guests to meet the producers and taste Chef James’ favourite ingredients in their raw form. The event starts with a cocktail reception at 3pm with wine by Mission Hill vineyard and spirits by Pemberton Distillery. Tickets are on sale now for $175.00 per person. Act fast; they always sell out.

If you can’t make the Vancouver Stanley Park Longtable dinner, there are also events at Lost Lake in Whistler Saturday, August 3 and North Arm Farm in Pemberton Saturday, August 17. Or you can visit Araxi Restaurant at 4222 Village Square in Whistler.

Find details on how to get tickets, plus event glamour shots, after the jump.

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Tough Mudder Comes to the Lower Mainland

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Photo credit: eaghra | Flickr

Does the idea of plunging into ice water, getting jolted with 10,000 volts of electricity and running through fire sound fun to you?

Then you may be in luck.  Tough Mudder, billed as the world’s most grueling obstacle course, is returning to Whistler this June 22-June 23.  The 10-12 mile course features challenges specially designed by the British Special Forces to test mental and physical strength.

Unlike a marathon or road race, Tough Mudder is not a timed event.  The goal is simply to finish (which only 78 percent of entrants actually do). Many participants describe it as the hardest thing they’ve ever done. Continue reading:
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“World’s best train” on a budget: Rocky Mountaineer Rides to Whistler

Photo credit: Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer train is perhaps best known for its epic routes through the Canadian Rockies.  No less an authority than National Geographic declared the journey one of the “world’s greatest trips.”  Seated inside elegantly appointed cars, sipping wine and nibbling on gourmet meals, passengers soak up some of the most impressive alpine scenery anywhere in North America.

Just one little asterisk:  The trip of a lifetime doesn’t come cheap (the two-day Vancouver-Banff trip starts at US$902).  But even if you haven’t saved up, there’s still a way to get a taste of the Rocky Mountaineer experience, without going too far from Vancouver.

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“World’s best train” on a budget: Rocky Mountaineer Rides to Whistler