Letters to the editor for the week of April 25th 

WSSF stands strong

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WSSF stands strong

Last week the World Ski and Snowboard Festival made the statement that nothing will get in the way of showing our locals and guests the time of their lives. Congratulations to Sue Eckersley, the entire Watermark team and all the awesome volunteers for executing another exceptional World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

WSSF rose to the challenge of making this year's festival better than ever before. The Festival's partners including Olympus, Coca-Cola, Bud Light, Dose.ca, Monster Energy and many others ensured all the action and awe flowed through each and every day. Without the support, enthusiasm and participation of these important relationships the festival would not exist. Thank-you to all sponsors for your support.

We took in new events like the Vengeance In The Valley roller derby bout; saw iconic favourites get even bigger with the addition of 72hr. Filmmaker Showdown ENCORE; and witnessed the free outdoor concert series line-up, which included the legendary Nas, get taken up a notch through the generous support of the Resort Municipality of Whistler's Festivals Events and Animation funding.

Business in Whistler in April wouldn't be what it is without the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. In its 18th year the World Ski and Snowboard Festival continues to involve us, and inspire us, and we are so proud. Thank-you Watermark, for another amazing year — let the countdown to 2014 begin.

Dave Brownlie

president, Whistler Blackcomb

Derby Love!

Once upon a time in a Coast Mountain ski town, a group of women got together to learn to roller skate, fall, hit and to love derby! The resulting Whistler Roller Girls Society (WRGS) has been championing the sport of roller derby here at home in hopes of having a local team, a local skating venue, and ultimately a hometown bout!

Thanks to hard work, determination and, of course, pure passion, this amazing group of women was able to realize its dreams! The WRGS is grateful to so many people who helped to produce such a successful introduction to Whistler on April 15, at Vengeance in the Valley!

WRGS would like to thank Watermark, Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival and Tourism Whistler for their support and the opportunity for a grand debut. We had a blast and loved being a part of the festival! Thanks to Ray Hicks & Rona for the generous support! Thanks to the Ullus Community Centre in Mt. Currie for including us and accepting us into your community. Without your facility, we would not have a valley skating venue during the winter.

Thanks to City Centre Park in Langford for the SportCourt rental, and to all of the volunteers who spent the day with us building the floor, setting up the track and tearing down. Other sponsors include: Creekside Dental, Whistler Brewing Company, Rollergirl, Regional Recycling and the Whistler Question. Thanks also to DJ &E at XL Audio, Mike Wilson at GLC and all who donated prizes and helping hands for our fall fundraiser!

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