Crankworx Whistler is almost here!
Every summer a little event called Crankworx Whistler rolls through town and takes over Whistler. This week long mountain bike festival / concert series / art show / endless party takes many forms. To help you navigate through the madness that is Crankworx check out our list of 'can't miss events'!
Red Bull Joy Ride
If you're going to hit up Crankworx obviously you have to check out the main event! The Red Bull Joy Ride features the best mountain bike free-style riders in the world ripping up the Whistler Bike Park. The format of the event is very simple - riders will get three run's to bust their best tricks on the Joy Ride course. Only the rider's best run will count, the rider with the best run will take the crown. This event attracts thousands, who pack the base of Whistler Mountain to catch a view of the contest. Every year the aerial stunts on display push the limits of what a human can do on a bike. Between the amazing tricks on display and the excitement of the crowd this event is always a can't miss!
When: Saturday, August 16 | 4:30PM - 7PM
Where: Base of Whistler Mountain (Whistler Mountain Bike Park)
Deep Summer Photo Challenge
One of the most visually stunning events is always the Deep Summer Photo Challenge. During the event 6 local photographers are given three days to create a photo album of mountain bike action shots. Artists are restricted to only capturing pictures in the Sea to Sky corridor which includes Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton. After the three days artists will select their best cuts and create a slideshow that will be shown to a crowd of thousands at Whistler Olympic Plaza. This event is always a crowd pleaser, with amazing photography taking centre stage. See the Whistler area from 6 different lenses with first place set to take home $5000, second place $3,000, and third place $2,000.
You can grab priority seating close to the HD screens that will be projecting the images for $7. Or you can just catch the show in the back for FREE (Bring Your Own Seats). To book priority seating give Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations a call at 1 800 766 0449.
When: Wednesday, August 13 | 8:30PM - 10:15PM
Where: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Crankworx Concert Series
Whistler Olympic Plaza will host two FREE shows as part of the Crankworx Concert Series. You can watch Five Alarm Funk do their thing on Friday, August 8th and Whole Lotta Led rock out on Thursday, August 14. Five Alarm Funk is a Vancouver based band known for their fun and exciting live shows and loud big band sound! Saxophones, big drums, trumpets and more bring a cool sound to this best seen live band. We can't stress enough that any lover of classic rock and more importantly Led Zeppelin try and catch Whole Lotta Led live. This tribute band possess the rare ability to do the sound of Zeppelin justice.
When: Five Alarm Funk | Friday, August 8 | 7:45PM - 9PM
Whole Lotta Led | Thursday, August 14 | 9PM - 10PM
Where: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Nightly After Parties
After a day of watching cool events and taking in the sights sometimes you work up the urge to just let loose. Thankfully Crankworx Whistler offers a number of after parties and events to let you do just that. Every night you can catch a Crankworx after party hosted by one of the event sponsors. Some of the after party heavy hitters include the Red Bull Joy Ride after party, August 16 at Longhorn, The Red Bull Party, August 14 at Garfinkel's and the Bud Light Disco, August 8 at the GLC. For a complete list of Crankworx after parties click here.
Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival
This hilarious event involves willing participants chasing a wheel of Canadian Cheese down the side of a ski run all in the name of fun! Choose to participate or safely watch from the sidelines as competitors go full bore down the side the a hill. This event is always puts a smile on competitors and spectators faces and is one of the best kept secrets of Crankworx. You can also check out the cool kids section and sample a number of Canadian made cheeses while you’re there.
When: Saturday, August 16 | 12PM - 4PM
Where: Blackcomb Mountain Base 2
Looking for accommodation for Crankworx Whistler?
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Photo Credit: Mike Crane & Crankworx Whistler
Posted by Aava Whistler Hotel on Tuesday, August 05, 2014