Armchair travelers welcome 

Escape Route hosts special showing of Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival

Armchair adventures can delve into everything from adrenaline-fed films to thought-provoking shorts at the Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival showcase presented by Escape Route on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

“There is a good variety,” said organizer Andre Munck of Escape Route. “Hopefully it will get everyone hyped up. We are a mountain society, just like Banff, people want to see what is out there.”

For the high-octane set, there is It’s Fantastic, the first documentary on the new sport of speedflying. Follow the world’s best speedflyers from the ski slopes of Europe to the volcanic island of El Hierro as they risk their lives to test the limits of their abilities and their equipment.

Get ready to laugh with Cross-Country with the Snakes. The short film contrasts the life of a Nordic-skiing punk band, called the Black-Eyed Snakes, who move from the serene of classical cross-country to the fast-action screaming of rocking out the night.

Pick an award-winner with Badgered. The animated environmental film tells the tale of a badger who just wants the world to let him sleep. The United Kingdom film won Best Film on Mountain Culture at the 2007 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Other festival winners include Searching for the Coast Wolves, Trial & Error and 20 Seconds of Joy.

“We’ve got films of all kinds: climbing, paddling, skiing and mountain biking,” Munck said. “There is something for everyone.”

Different films will be screened each night. Films slated for the Friday showing include 20 Seconds of Joy (base jumping), Ain’t Got No Friends on a Powder Day (skiing), Climber (climbing/animation), Committed: To Grit (climbing), Cross-Country with the Snakes (cross-country skiing/music), Higher Ground: Mountain Photographer (climbing), It’s Fantastic (speedflying) and La Ventana (climbing, mountaineering).

The Saturday showing includes Badgered (environment/animation), In-Flux (kayaking), King Lines: Es Pontas (climbing), Respect (skiing), Search for the Coast Wolves (environment) and Trial & Error (mountain biking).

Tickets are $19 for one night and $33 for two nights.

Donations to the Whistler Food Bank will be accepted.


Public art pure poetry

Join members of the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Public Art Committee to celebrate the opening of Poet’s Pause on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. at Alta Lake Park.

The public artwork designed by artist Joan Baron incorporates the penmanship of two local scribes. Nature’s Orchestra by Mary MacDonald will ornament Baron’s Lost in Sound timber chime sculpture while Two by Pam Barnsley will be installed by Baron’s two giant chairs, entitled the Lakeside Couple.

Baron’s concept, selected by a juried process, aims to invite interaction and inspire creativity.

Celebrate the great outdoors and Whistler’s talented artist community at the opening, which includes a ribbon cutting and cake.


Local filmmakers celebrated at new event

Filmmakers are invited to submit their films for consideration of screening at Resort TV’s Whistler Locals’ Online Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Garibaldi Lift Company as part of Whistler Film Festival celebrations.

A jury will select a special screening for the evening; however, all submitted films will be aired on Resort TV’s new website. The site allows films to be viewed, shared and embedded into other sites and downloaded to computers, phones and iPods.

In addition to the festival screening, public online voting will take place from Dec. 1 to 15, with prizes awarded to films winning audience votes both at the festival and online.

Film submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, Nov. 28 at noon.

For submission requirements, contact .

To request screening tickets, contact


Take a bite out of history

The Whistler Museum welcomes newcomers to town with a historic hangout evening of good friends and food on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at their humble abode, located on Main Street behind the new library construction site.

The free evening event is an invitation to newcomers to browse local history and win free groceries from Creekside Market.

Discover Whistler’s history, from logging town to fishing resort to ski bum escape to world-class resort.

To find out more, call 604-932-2019 or visit


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