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Posters for Peak 2 Peak

Whistler Blackcomb officials are calling on local artists to help celebrate the joining of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains by designing a commemorative poster to mark the grand opening of the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Whistler Blackcomb officials are calling on local artists to help celebrate the joining of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains by designing a commemorative poster to mark the grand opening of the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

“We hope that the endless possibilities that the Peak 2 Peak Gondola offers will inspire community artists to create and take part in this historic launch,” Dave Brownlie, Whistler-Blackcomb’s President and CEO, said in a recent press release. “In many ways, the opening of the gondola signifies a new birth, a new era in mountain access, and the beginning of a new chapter filled with the hundreds of stories that Whistler Blackcomb mountains inspire each season. To capture all this in a piece of art is true genius, and I would be very honoured to showcase the winning artwork to all who take part in the launch.”

Artists are invited to submit a photo of their original design, which focuses on the theme of “connection,” no later than Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. The winning artist will receive a Whistler-Blackcomb 2008-09 season pass, a $500 gift card for Whistler-Blackcomb retail outlets, and 100 copies of the poster. Copies of the poster will be given away to guests who attend the Peak 2 Peak grand opening event on Dec. 12, and the original artwork will be auctioned off at the 2009 Telus Winter Classic/Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Gala on Jan. 25. The entries that are not selected for the commemorative poster may be used in an art exhibit at the Roundhouse Lodge on the weekend of the Peak to Peak grand opening.

For full submission guidelines, visit


Ski films galore


First, we had Matchstick Productions’ newest film, CLAIM: The Greatest Ski Movie Ever! premiere here in Whistler. Then, just last Thursday, the Rocky Mountain Sherpas came to town with their new educational film, The Fine Line: An Avalanche Education Film. Well, it looks like local ski junkies are being treated to yet another high-def movie prior to the start of the winter season.

Under The Influence is the latest offering from Teton Gravity Research (TGR). The 16 mm ski and snowboard film predominantly features the people, places and moments that are integral to the winter sport realm, following the adventures of today’s best riders as they travel the world in search of new territory to conquer.

The Jackson Hole-based TGR crew scoured the top ski destinations for the best locations to shoot this film, eventually setting their sights on Alaskan virgin spines, park jumps at Grand Targhee, pristine pillows and powder in the northwest and Jackson Hole backcountry, and as close to home as Pemberton.

Featured riders include Seth Morrison, Dylan Hood, Jeremy Jones and Kye Peterson. To check out a teaser, visit .

Under The Influence hits the screens at MY Millennium Place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2.


Homegrown horror


This isn’t your typical Whistler film fest — instead of fresh lines and epic tricks, the films in the seventh annual horror film festival feature zombies, ghouls and blood galore.

Heavy Hitting Films, the producers of the underground ski movie, Parental Advisory, Volume 1, are once again holding their B-Grade Horror Fest, which showcases local independent horror short films.

“Last year was amazing,” said Feet Banks, co-owner of Heavy Hitting. “All the movies ruled. Each year the filmmaking talent pool gets deeper. This event is about getting out there with your friends, covering them with blood, and having fun.”

B-grade horror films originated in the 1950s, with independent filmmakers pumping out double-billed, cheaply made films riddled with sinister mayhem and gore.

“What we’re hoping for once more is budget B-grade horror movies, not Hollywood academy award winners with cookie-cutter sentimentality forced in,” said Banks. “I’m talking zombies and aliens, monsters and murderers, blood, guts, token nudity, whatever. Anything goes, just make it scary, gory, funny, short and just give’r.”

The film festival takes place on Thursday, Oct. 30 at MY Millennium Place, and the deadline for submissions is Oct. 15. Contact Banks at or 604-902-2666 if you’re interested in participating.


Creepy crawly creative writing comp


Halloween is right around the corner, and Pique is looking for your more horrifying, harrowing tales for a short story competition. Submit as many of your original, unpublished scary stories, poems or scripts as you like (up to 2,000 words each). The winner will take home $300, the runner up wins $100 (that’s a lot of candy!), and both will be published in the Oct. 30 issue. All entries should include a short biography of the writer, and be sent to by Monday, Oct. 20.