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Adventure in skiing and environment

By Nicole Fitzgerald

World champion extreme skier Alison Gannett shares her freeskiing and environmental adventures in the Global Cooling Ski Adventure Show on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

The one-hour multi-media presentation will include film clips and photos with first-hand-account narration from Gannett. The lifelong environmentalist has garnered international and national extreme/freeskiing titles. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honours from the University of Vermont and studied and taught at Solar Energy International. She also trained with Al Gore. She plans two ski expeditions for this year, France and Pakistan, which will also focus on the documentation of global warming.

She most recently dedicated her green ways to the Clif Bar Save Our Snow Winter Roadtrip, which has been traveling across North America to both inspire and educate with a focus on teaching individuals how to calculate carbon emissions, decrease and offset their carbon footprint while at the same time saving money.

Admission is a suggested $7 donation, which includes entrance, a compact fluorescent light bulb, cool tag and raffle ticket to win great prizes.

The Cool tag is a renewable wind energy credit that will reduce an estimated 300 pounds of carbon dioxide in the air, and therefore, reduce the damage of global warming. Each Cool Tag given invests $2 into the Native Energy’s Wind Builders program.

Partial proceeds from the event benefit AWARE, Whistler’s environmental watchdogs.


2007 Battle of the Bands open call

Bands from the Sea to Sky corridor are invited to compete in the second annual Battle of the Bands showdown Feb. 28, March 1 and 2 at Whistler’s Rainbow Theatre.

“Musicians entering the competition receive exposure and performance experience as well as a chance to win live air play and interview on Mountain FM,” said Kiran Pal, LUNA coordinator and Battle of the Bands organizer. “I am excited to hear what this year brings.”

Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success with the packed-out competition unearthing then underground talent including the likes of hip hop extraordinaire Animal Nation and hard rocking Black Swade — the barely turned teen band are now semi-finalists in the Sound Off competition in Seattle.

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