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Throw in your two bits on what Outside Magazine called “the biggest snow-sports party on the planet.”

Organizers of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival are hosting a community input session on Nov. 20 at the Telus Conference Centre.

“Even as we aspire for the festival to get better and better each year, we recognize that the only way to do that is to keep it real, to keep it truly connected to the community,” said festival managing director Sue Eckersley.

The focus of the session will be on the festival’s communications and marketing strategy at 10 a.m. and the 2008 events program at 2 p.m. in the Fitzsimmons room.

Organizers hope the input session will provide a feedback loop for community members and give organizers the chance to provide insight into ambitions for the festival in 2008.

If you are unable to attend, the public can submit their input on the festival by contacting .

Olympics in your change pocket

Alpine skiing was showcased with the release of the fifth of 17 circulation Royal Canadian Mint coins celebrating the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Up to 22 million 25-cent coins with an alpine skier on one side were released last week. The coins are available at Royal Bank and Petro-Canada outlets.

The coin honours the sport, which has been ripping up Olympic mountains since the 1936 Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The alpine competition consists of 10 events, including men’s and women’s super combined, downhill, giant slalom, slalom and super-G.

The alpine coin illustration, designed by Vancouver artist Glenn Green, will be the last Winter Games themed coin launched this year. Canadians can look in their spare change in 2008 for 25-cent coins featuring snowboarding, freestyle skiing, figure skating and bobsleigh.

Volunteers needed for Cornucopia

The Whistler Arts Council is looking for volunteers for the winter season.

The Whistler arts umbrella is the charity recipient of this year’s fundraising at Cornucopia.

Volunteers are needed for the council’s ARTrageous arts extravaganza on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Brewhouse. Volunteers are needed during the day to help set up the event as well as in the evening to help tear down after the party.

Volunteers are also needed at the Crush! Silent Auction on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Telus Conference Centre. Volunteers are needed to host the auction, take payment for bids and handout auction items to buyers.

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