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.

“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.

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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.

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