2015 Whistler Pride and Ski Festival
Formerly known as WinterPRIDE, the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is going strong during their 23rd year! One of the most fun weeks in Whistler will be wrapping up in a few days and we couldn’t have possibly had more fun. As the host hotel for the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, we got to experience, first hand, all of the excitement during this festival.
Something for Everyone at Whistler Pride
The events began on Saturday night, January 25th and offered something for everyone: skiing, snowshoeing, a mini film festival, Whistler adventures, parties, parties and more parties all celebrating gender diversity while having a great time in the mountains.
This eight-day festival combines all of the best assets of Whistler such as wellness, cuisine, sports mixed with epic social events. Some of our favourite moments from the past week were the film festival, the adrenaline rushes and the parties!
What separates this festival from Pride festivals around the world is the fact that you can ski/snowboard all day long on world-renowned trails, at the number 1 ski resort in North America. If shredding pow isn’t your thing, that’s okay because many other available adventures and activities included: inner tubing, ziplining, snowmobiling tours or relaxing at the Scandinave Spa.
One of the best things about spending the day mountain is actually what happens after skiing/snowboarding!
The Après parties that happen around town, especially at the Whistler Conference Centre in the Grand Foyer (oh, we know you stopped by!) were the talk of the town. The nightly events inspire partygoers to dance until (almost) sunrise with the clubs and pubs around Whistler hosting après and dance parties featuring DJs like DJ PAULO, DJ Wayne G, DJ Blacklow (below) and DJ Seth Cooper.
On Monday, January 26thand Tuesday, January 27th there was a mini film festival: Whistler Pride Film Festival presented by OUTtv + GayDirect. This year there were 3 films showcased at the Rainbow Theatre: Bollywood Beats, Boy Meets Boy and Tennessee Queer. If film isn’t your thing, did you have a chance to see the comedy show?
Margaret Cho At Her Very Best
One of the most anticipated guests for this year’s festival was Comedian, Margaret Cho, and she did not disappoint. Originally posted on to gaywhistler.com, “Margaret Cho, three-time Grammy and recent Emmy nominee as well as being honoured by LA Pride with a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing an individual whose lifetime body of work has left a lasting major imprint on the LGBT community. Through her hard work, Margaret has had the opportunity to be heard, to extend her point of view and become regarded as a true pioneer in her field. She takes none of it for granted.
“It’s a wonderful thing to be known as a ‘safe haven’ for people. A lot people who come to my shows don’t necessarily consider themselves traditional comedy fans. I seem to be a safe alternative for people who don’t think they’re being represented in society. They come because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there, and that makes me really proud.”
Amongst the mountain adventures, banquets and parties there was one very common denominator that was what Barb Snelgrove calls “sociability.” By using #whistlerpride when sharing your images, videos and posts on social media, you are joining the conversation and sharing your favourite moments.
Yes, this may be over two decades old but each year it seems to out-do the last! This event is inclusive to everyone and draws people from around the world. What has been your favourite event of this wild and exciting week?
Posted by Aava Whistler Hotel on Thursday, January 29, 2015