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Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Snowboarder Jumping Through the Air

One of North America’s premier winter sports events, the Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival offers a week of concerts, snow sport competitions and more.

 


EVENT DETAILS TO BE CONFIRMED

Because of COVID-19, the status of the festival is to be confirmed for 2021.

For the most up-to-date details about the status of the events see the Tourism Whistler website.


 

Whistler’s Spring Ski Festival

The Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival takes place in April each year. In 2020 it was supposed to run from Thursday, April 16th, to Sunday, April 26th (which is about a week longer than 2019). However, the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19. The dates and details for the festival in 2021 are to be confirmed.

In the village there are usually free outdoor concerts, on the mountain there are ski and snowboard demonstrations and competitions during the day, and at night there is live music and parties in the village’s bars and clubs.

Feature events typically include photographer and filmmaker showdowns and multiple music performances.

Concerts during the festival in previous years have includeVirginia to Vegas, Willa, A Tribe Called Red and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

 

Whistler Festival Stage
Festival Concert in the Village

 

Festival Schedule

To give an idea of what to expect at the next festival, below is the schedule for festivities at the event that was supposed to take place in 2020. These were just some of the featured activities for the Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival. Live concerts were also supposed to take place. We expect details to be comparable in future years when the event does take place.

Note: times, dates and details were subject to change.

 

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

  • Saudan Couloir (Weather Window) – the steepest downhill ski race on the planet is scheduled to take place today or tomorrow between the top of Blackcomb’s Saudan Couloir and Glacier Creek Lodge. If today’s forecast doesn’t look good, the event might instead take place tomorrow.

 

Friday, April 17th, 2020

  • Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme – the steepest downhill ski race on the planet is scheduled to take place today if it didn’t happen yesterday due to inclement weather. The race happens at the top of Blackcomb’s Saudan Couloir and Glacier Creek Lodge.
  • Ski & Snowboard Big Air Qualifiers – ski and snowboard jumping and live music at the base of Whistler Mountain and viewable from the plaza.

 

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

  • Ski & Snowboard Big Air Finals – ski and snowboard jumping and live music at the base of Whistler Mountain and viewable from the plaza.
  • Demo Days – snow sport brands set up outside the Roundhouse Lodge and have displays of next year’s skiing and snowboarding gear for folk to try.

 

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

  • Fam Jam – an annual event where families are invited to ride and hike the halfpipe on Whistler Blackcomb. Note: the event takes place somewhere on the hill which means spectators will need a lift ticket to access the venue.
  • Demo Days – snow sport brands set up outside the Roundhouse Lodge and have displays of next year’s skiing and snowboarding gear for folk to try.

 

Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival

 

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

  • Intersection – a ski and snowboard film competition where half a dozen teams have just one week to create a 5 to 7-minute film. Top prize is worth $10,000.

 

Friday, April 24th, 2020

  • 72hr Filmmaker Showdown – a challenging competition where teams have to shoot, edit and produce a short film in just 72 hours.

 

Saturday April 25th, 2020

  • Demo Days – snow sport brands set up outside the Roundhouse Lodge and have displays of next year’s skiing and snowboarding gear for folk to try.
  • Banked Slalom Finals – finals for the race down Whistler Mountain that includes both skiers and snowboarders on challenging mountain terrain.

 

Other Information

Click Whistler-Blackcomb for more information on the resort.

Click Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival for more information on the event.

For information about other area ski resorts, click Metro Vancouver Ski Hills.

For a list of other events happening in the Lower Mainland check out our April Calendar or year-round Festivals & Events Calendar.