The 19th World Ski and Snowboard Festival is winding down, ending on Sunday, April 20.
The last four days will be as full-tilt as week one though, with music, art, and a nod to humanity's best friend (of the canine variety).
Check out what's available, then get out and see something!
Outdoor music series
The Outdoor Music Series, with free concerts performed daily, takes place in Skier's Plaza during WSSF. Performers include The Original Wailers (see interview page 88) and Shapeshifter (see interview page 89), as well as Bombino and Fort Knox Five. More information about the bands and when they perform can be found on page 92.
Skullcandy State of the ART (SOTA)
Dozens of invited artists are on show at an exhibition of gritty and thought-provoking work at the Whistler Conference Centre, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Sunday, April 20. Also open on gala evenings.
This year, Skullcandy has come on board as a sponsor for State of the ART, which runs for the full 10 days of the festival.
There many ways to "get your ART on" during WSSF, with events all over Whistler:
Street Art: Whistler artist Kups will be doing a display of his spray painted work on snow before Big Air in Skier's Plaza on April 19. And much more.
Sounds Good: There are 25 pairs of custom-painted Skullcandy Crusher headphones from SOTA artists for sale by silent auction. All proceeds go to Zero Ceiling, a local charity that supports at-risk youth. Bids can be made until Sunday, April 20 at 10:30 p.m.
State of the ART Youth Gallery: For the first time at WSSF, the work of up-and-coming young talent from Whistler.
Creation Station: Live artists at work daily in public, directly inside front door at the Whistler Conference Centre, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. This week it is Mia Dungeon and Leilani Finch (Whistler Conference Centre, Thursday, April 17), Kris Kupskay (Skier's Plaza, Friday, April 18), Baz Carolan (Whistler Conference Centre, Saturday, April 19), and Lani Imre (Whistler Conference Centre, Sunday, April 20).
Take it Home: Buy a piece of original art from over 50 featured artists.
Online store: The entire SOTA exhibition is available online at artstore.wssf.com. The online store closes on Sunday, April 20, at midnight.
Bud Light Freeride Club Series
The beats will be thrown down every night during WSSF at clubs all over Whistler, with a live bands and DJs keeping the party going until late. All performances start at 9 p.m.
Line-up includes Shapeshifter at The Longhorn (Thursday, April 17), Silent Disco at the GLC (Friday, April 18), and The Original Wailers at Buffalo Bill's (Sunday, April 20).
The Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown
The show is sold out, but ticketholders have the chance to see the best in the world. Five international action sports photographers compete for $16,000 in cash prizes. It takes place on Thursday, April 17, at the Whistler Conference Centre at 8 p.m.
Whistler Dog Festival
For the first time the dog festival will run for two days, on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19.
Highlights: X-treme AirDogs: Owners throw a ball and doggies dock dive into a big pool of water to fetch it. Located at Town Plaza on Village Stroll. Bring your dog and give it a try on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or watch a demonstration and competition on Saturday, from 10 a.m.
Walk of Shame Dog Parade: Is she a chewer? Does he piddle where he shouldn't? Make your dog a sign and join in the laughter. Parade starts at noon on Friday at Village Square, and will loop around Carlton Lodge and back.
Zen Training: Obedience and agility training dogs. Friday at 2 p.m.
Dog Awards: Bring your pup! Prizes include Best Dressed, Best Trick and many more. At Town Plaza on Saturday, from 1:30 p.m.
It's a great night of DJ-led music with local and international talent for the ultimate season-ending party. British dub DJ Rusko is on hand performing into the wee hours.
Before him comes Sleeping Tom, our very own Mat the Alien, and Skratch Bastid.
The END takes place at the Whistler Conference Centre on Sunday, April 20. Tickets are $35.
More information about the DJs and when they perform can be found on page 93.
The Best of the Fest
Don't say it's over! OK, we won't. You can relive the last 10 days at The Best of the Fest, taking place at the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) on Sunday, April 20 at 8:30 p.m.
The following will be shown:
• The winning film from the Olympus 72hr. Filmmaker Showdown;
• The winning film from the Intersection sports filmmaking competition;
• The winning slideshow of photos in the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown;
Afterwards, DJs will be spinning it and dancing may be involved.
Tickets are $25. All proceeds go to Playground Builders, a charity that builds safe play areas for children in underprivileged or war-torn areas.
For more information on arts and entertainment events in the final weekend of The World Ski and Snowboard Festival visit www.wssf.com.
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