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The Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2017

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

This January 22nd, The Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is set to mark its 25th anniversary. This year will welcome festival-goers from countries all around the world, including Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, and South Africa. While many people wait to buy tickets to events, advanced ticket sales are actually up this year compared to last. Event planner anticipate another 

The Whistler Pride and Ski Festival runs from Jan. 22 to 29 at various venues around The Village. Highlights include celebrity airhostess Pam Ann at the comedy show on Jan. 25, Canadian singer-songwriter Kim Kuzma performing as part of the Welcome Reception on Jan. 22 and Italian DJs The Cube Guys headlining the festival finale, Snowball 25. 

As gay rights have progressed in Canada and in many places around the world, the role of the festival has changed with it, Pride events these days are about celebrating diversity. For more information or for tickets visit gaywhistler.com.

Deep Winter Photo Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Guy Fattal who won first place in the Deep Winter Photo Challenge.

Guy Fattal can now lay claim to the title, King of Storms, after being named the winner of Whistler Blackcomb’s 11th Deep Winter Photo Challenge. Along with the title, the Israeli photographer and returning Deep Winter competitor was awarded $5,000 for creating the winning slideshow.

Each of the five competing photographers had a mere 72 hours to shoot and edit a five-minute photo show, each containing about 60 to 80 images. As per Deep Winter tradition, photographers were also restricted to in-bounds terrain on the mountain and, of course, throughout town. The winners were determined by a panel of five judges, comprised of Coast Mountain Culture magazine photo editor Peter Moynes and professional photographers Eric Berger and Robin O’Neill; Transworld Snowboard magazine’s Scott Serfas, and the original King of Storms, Paul Morrison.

With the valuable experience of last year’s contest under his belt, Fattal said he took a different approach to last week’s competition, making organization a top priority and winning first place this year. Congratulations Guy!

Photo Credit: Mike Crane

Posted by on Thursday, January 12, 2017