Vancouver City & Slope Festival – Vancouver’s Newest Winter Festival February 9 – 12

A new winter festival is arriving in Vancouver this February: The brand-new Vancouver City and Slope Festival is a “four-day destination mountain and music festival that is set to take over Vancouver’s three local mountains and rock its downtown core.”

Designed to become a signature annual winter event for Vancouver, the organizers behind City and Slope include Vancouver Hotel Destination Association (VHDA),  Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain, Mount Seymour, Yaletown BIA, Live Nation, the Museum of Vancouver and Telus World of Science. The festival itself will combine themed winter sports activities on the mountains with music, arts and activities in Vancouver’s downtown core. If all goes well, the goal is to make City and Slope a 10-day festival by 2015.

On the slopes, the Vancouver City and Slope Festival 2012 includes:

Canadiana at Cypress Mountain – February 10, 2012
For City and Slope’s inaugural festival, Cypress is celebrating everything that makes Canada Canadian by recreating the red and white excitement of the 2010 Winter Games: wear red on the slopes then hit the “Canada House” party where there will be Canadian food, drink, decor and music.

24 Hours of Winter at Grouse Mountain – February 11 – 12, 2012
In honour of the two-year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Grouse Mountain is keeping all of its facilities open for 24 hours, offering 24 hours of skiing/snowboarding/ice skating, Sunset, Midnight and Sunrise guided snowshoe tours, a Midnight Ski/Snowboard Park Jam, Sunset and Sunrise tours to the Eye of The Wind, Live DJ performances, and a Midnight Touch Light Parade. Also: the bars will stay open until 4am!

Mount Seymour 80s Style – February 12, 2012
Mount Seymour is celebrating the 80s with 80s-themed skiing and snowboarding. In other words, put on your crazy neon ski clothes—there will be prizes for the best outfit—and get ready to rock to 80s music while on the mountain.

In Vancouver, the City and Slope Festival includes:

Illuminate Yaletown – February 10 – 11, 2012 – FREE
Returning as part of City and Slope, this free arts event starts when the sun goes down and artists’ interactive, contemporary light installations light up the neighbourhood.

Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver – Ongoing until August 2012
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) teams up with City and Slope to promote its ongoing exhibit of Vancouver’s “gritty, urban past.”

For music and live performances, City and Slope has:

During the Vancouver City and Slope Festival, guests can bundle their passes to Vancouver’s three nearby mountains–Grouse Mountain, Cypress and Mount Seymour—and save 20% on the usual cost. There are also hotel packages for visitors, too. Check out all the details at the City and Slope Festival site.

Vancouver City and Slope Festival runs from February 9 – 12, 2012.

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