Opening weekend events 

Pique offers its picks to help you navigate the festivities

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOERN ROHDE/JOERNROHDE.COM - winter kick-offStart the season with fireworks and festivities this weekend.

Look up. Look way up! Those are some beautiful snow-capped mountains and this weekend they're officially beckoning winter shredders. Yes, opening weekend — in all its play-hard, party-hard glory — is here, along with a slew of American visitors enjoying their long weekend. (Happy Thanksgiving, guys!)

There's also a ton of fun to be had on lower ground. Concerts, the annual Bizarre Bazaar and Bratz Biz, even a late-season festival are all running through the weekend. To help you navigate the busy winter kick-off, Pique put together a list of suggestions for Sea to Sky events this weekend. Welcome to winter!

Friday

Mixing spoken word with music and theatre performance, Creative Eclectic 5 launches its winter season Friday with performances by jazz player Simon Stribling from New Orleans Ale Stars and Jordan White of She Stole My Beer and FOMO. Host and founder Stephen Vogler will also perform some spoken word, along with Rajan Das. "I like that area where different arts cross over, such as music and poetry and theatre and comedy and even visual art," says Vogler, who started the event two years ago. "I thought this would provide something different in terms of the entertainment available in Whistler. It's grown into a kind of cabaret-style event that includes an open mic portion later in the evening."

Admission to the show, which takes place at Dusty's Bar at 9 p.m., is by donation.

Or head to the Whistler Sliding Centre for the Viessmann IBSF World Cup Bobsleigh and Skeleton competition. There will be a special fireworks display at the Sliding Centre at 9 p.m.

Mountain Life Magazine is hosting its winter edition launch party at the Garibaldi Lift Co. with the premiere of Reflections — Art for an Oil Free Coast documentary, along with a DJ set by Whistler artist Chili Thom.

The theme for this issue: The end of the world. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 with proceeds going to the Raincoast Conservation Foundation — in hopes that the Apocalypse is not actually looming.

Squamish is hosting two events to entertain: The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is screening its Best of Fest Ski Night — that's two and a half hours of ski films — at the Howe Sound Brewing Company in Squamish at 8 p.m. with doors at 6:30 p.m. (If you're in town Thursday, they're also showing the Best of Fest Climbing Night.) Catch an evening of thrilling, top-notch ski flicks to get you amped for the season. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The inaugural Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival, meanwhile, offers talks and workshops about the rich, storied history of the area at Quest University Friday and Saturday. Archeologist Rudy Reimer, hailing from the Squamish Nation, will kick off the event talking about his research on indigenous settlements dating back 5,000 years.

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