Icons and agitators take stage at TWSSF 

Whistler’s favourite icons, iconoclasts and agitators are set to showdown at the upcoming TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival, debating who or what is Whistler’s greatest icon.

Co-presented by the Whistler Museum, Icon Gone promises an evening of stand-up storytelling, replete with verbal barbs, as Dave Steers, Marianne Wade, Heather Paul, and Pique’s own G.D. Maxwell throw down with several wildcard candidates.

“The festival offers the most unique and comprehensive insight into the personality of Whistler. Co-hosting Icon Gone with the museum is a natural partnership for us, given that we share a passion for telling local stories and contributing to the myths and culture that make Whistler special,” Lisa Richardson, TWSSF communications director, said in a press release.

The war of words was first hosted last year by the Whistler Museum, with Stephen Vogler walking away with top honours for his argument that gravity, as represented by the original Garibaldi Lifts Ltd. logo, is Whistler’s greatest icon. This year, the competition will be held on April 13 at MY Millennium Place.

Organizers are now calling for nominations for agitators and icons to battle it out at the upcoming competition. Anyone who would like to present an icon should present their argument in a 200-word case to icongone@watermarkinc.ca.

 

Extreme films come to town

If you’re interested in the environment and everything “extreme”, you should check out the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF).

Luckily, this year you won’t have to go down to the city to view the vast collection of short videos, which capture everything from skiing in far-away lands to mountain biking along the coast.

On the 11 th year of the VIMFF, the festival will be going out to communities across the country, including the Sea to Sky region, presenting an international selection of films in Squamish and Whistler.

The UK film Great White Fright follows climbers, Ian Parnell and Chris Cubitt, as they tackle an airy route along the chalk cliffs of Dover, while University Wall tells the story of four university students in the ’60s who cut class to attempt a new route up the Squamish Chief.

Skiing in the Shadow of Ghengis Khan follows Nils Larsen, Dave Wagg, and Naheed Henderson as they travel to the Altai Mountains of China to explore and document the indigenous use of skis.

In a more environmental vein, 49 Megawatts, directed and produced by local kayaker Bryan Smith, examines British Columbia’s practice of issuing private water licenses for power production. Smith also captured the Best Environmental Film prize at the festival for this film.

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