GO Fest Girls Weekend Itinerary

We’re just a sleep away from GO Fest 2017 and you may have looked at the robust schedule of events, only to feel overwhelmed with all the choices. Fear not; we have come up with a hit list of the best things you should do that span the depth and breadth of sport and culture and the great outdoors. So pull out your calendars and plug in the events you won’t want to miss.

The Girls Weekend Itinerary

If you’re headed up to Whistler for a girls getaway (bachelorette?) or are locals who want to spend the weekend catching up with the girls, here’s what you’ll want to do:

Friday
Kick off your weekend at 9 a.m. with a wild rafting ride along Green River through Class 2 or 3 rapids. Working together as a team and keeping yourselves afloat will surely make for some great memories. Selfies? Only if you are brave enough to hold on with one hand!

From there, refuel at the pancake breakfast that’s on until noon at the Whistler Public Library, and then unwind with a free yoga class at 4 p.m. in Mountain Square. At 5 p.m. you’ll want to sip, relax, paint, and laugh at Wine About Art at the Crystal Lodge Art Gallery where you’ll work on your next masterpiece while sampling fine wine. Alternatively, catch the inspiring film Blood Road at 5 p.m. which follows ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch as she pedals the Ho Chi Minh Trail to find the crash site of her father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down 40 years ago.

Saturday
Start the morning at 8 a.m. with a Ladies’ Only fly fishing clinic at picturesque Lost Lake Park and feel victorious when you experience that first tug on the end of your line. At noon, head over to the Point on Alta Lake for and afternoon and evening filled with bocce, live music, dinner, and dancing – all on the shores of Alta Lake.

Sunday
Unwind slowly from Saturday evening’s festivities with a stand up paddle boarding session at 9 or 10 a.m. with Backroads Whistler, then check out the beach volleyball tournament at the Rainbow Park Volleyball Courts before meandering through the opening day of Whistler’s vibrant Farmer’s Market at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.

Gnosh on locally grown and sourced baked goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, and everything else you’ll need to decorate and eat at home. Then don’t miss the series of short films at Maury Young Arts Centre at 4 p.m., which includes a film on Squamish female climber Brette Harrington and her landmark free solo in Patagonia.

No matter what you do, or where you go, make sure you take everything you’ve learned, seen, or done, and embrace a day of playing outside on Monday. We guarantee you’ll come away from the festival not only loving everything Whistler’s outdoors has to offer and inspire, but starting to plan your next outdoor adventure – wherever in the world that may take you.

GO Fest Guys Weekend Itinerary

We’re just a few sleeps away from GO Fest 2017 and you may have looked at the robust schedule of events, only to feel overwhelmed with all the choices. Fear not; we have come up with a hit list of the best things you should do that span the depth and breadth of sport and culture and the great outdoors. So pull out your calendars and plug in the events you won’t want to miss:

Friday
Start the weekend with the boys on an adventurous wet and wild rafting ride along Green River at 9 a.m.

Fuel up at the pancake breakfast outside the Whistler Public Library before channeling your inner Middle Ages soldier or Game of Thrones warrior with some axe throwing at noon with Forged Axe Throwing in Creekside.

This one goes out to our boy @youngy_18! Thanks for coming out guys! Can't wait to see you at league.

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At 4 p.m. catch the series of films Adventure Unknown, which follow seven stories of intrepid adventurers all around the world. Then don’t miss rock legends 54-40 as they kickoff the free concert series with their energizing performance at 7:30 p.m. in Village Square.

Saturday
Start the morning at 10 a.m. with a sailing clinic on Alta Lake before catching the series of short films at 4 p.m. at Maury Young Arts Centre. From water to mountain to rock to ice, the films will inspire you to get out and charge harder than you’ve ever done before. Then don’t miss breakout band The Zolas in Village Square at 7:30 p.m. Wrap up the evening with the 9 p.m. premiere showing of Under An Arctic Sky at Maury Young Arts Centre.

Sunday
Catch the beach volleyball tournament at 11 a.m. at the Rainbow Park Volleyball Courts before hitting up the dazzling All British Car Show at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Don’t miss the 7 p.m. showing of Given followed by a series of short films that cover climbing, slack-lining and big mountain skiing.

No matter what you do, or where you go, make sure you take everything you’ve learned, seen, or done, and embrace a day of playing outside on Monday. We guarantee you’ll come away from the festival not only loving everything Whistler’s outdoors has to offer and inspire, but starting to plan your next outdoor adventure – wherever in the world that may take you.

This could be you! Silverton Mountain

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Treasure Hunting in Whistler

Treasure Hunting in Whistler at the GO Green Nature Scavenger Hunt and Every day!

Whistler’s wild outdoors drew most to this place and the hidden treasures discovered over the course of a stopover drew most to stay. The Sea to Sky is laden with awe inspiring vista’s and experiences, from a once in a lifetime heli drop to a well ridden, but favorite bike trail. Whether here for a short visit or a lifetime, most won’t even scratch the surface in discovering all of what this place has to offer!

GO Fest invites you to join us on Saturday, May 20th at the GO Green Nature Scavenger Hunt from 1-4PM at Florence Peterson Park (behind the Whistler Public Library) to slow down and learn to look a little closer at the marvels that surround us. An expert Naturalist and First Nations Ambassador will be on site to help guide you to see and understand this place a little deeper. Use the provided weather proof BINGO sheet to guide you around the park at your own pace and into conversations with our talented adventure leaders. From the cultural significance of the cedar tree to using indicator species such as the grizzly bear to pinpoint thriving ecosystems, there will be something for everyone to learn as we explore whistler’s outdoors.

Feel like you’ve discovered most of what this place has to offer? Challenge yourself in your everyday life to find new and exciting discoveries by opting to explore the outdoors through a new lens – the excitement and wonder of a child, the nose of a bear cub emerging from hibernation or the deeply connected roots of the ancient cedars. Challenge yourself to realize the value of this place in a way you haven’t before, because there is much more to see, experience, hear, smell and feel than what we allow ourselves in our fast paced and overloaded lives.

Get outside and play – you might find a treasure or two along the way!

Written by By Stephanie Hubbard

Get Your Hook In Whistler: Fishing On The Fly

Here’s a little known secret about Whistler: while it’s renowned for being an epic ski and bike mecca, it wasn’t the mountains that brought the first settlers (aka developers) to our incredible resort: it was the fish.

That’s right. Fish. Not snow, fish. Whistler might not even exist if it weren’t for Alex and Myrtle Philip who, with the help of the Tapleys, built the Rainbow Fishing Lodge Resort in 1914.

So while many of us charge hard to bag summits or chase downhill runs, there’s a whole lesser known but equally passionate group of Whistlerites who chase a different type of rush: the tug.

Whistler is surrounded by three lakes brimming with fish and those who confess that the “tug is the drug” will reluctantly share that now that the ice has melted, fishing season is officially on.

Just can't get enough > #steelhead @cortneybrown

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The best part about fishing is it’s something everyone can enjoy, including the munchkins. Locals who grow up in Whistler have many a fond memory of packing a picnic and casting a line with mom and dad while the sun floats high in the sky and the good times roll.

So where should you go and what should you bring? With the heavy runoff creating a veritable thunderstorm in the rivers, you’ll want to stick to the lakes until July. Around here, fly fishing is what we do, mostly because the trout love bugs.

Trust the wife to take one cast and catch this monster #bulltrout @cortneybrown

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And before you cast anything, make sure you’ve checked the fishing regulations, and have your fishing license.

Green Lake

You can’t miss the bright green lake north of Whistler. Three major creeks feed into the lake and are great spots to catch Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden Char: 19 Mile Creek, Fitzsimmons Creek, and the River of Golden Dreams. Occasionally you can fine Kokanee and some Cutthroat Trout


Alta Lake

An easy lake to access from many of the Whistler neighbourhoods, Alta Lake holds a robust number of Rainbow Trout and Cutthroat Trout that can be found along the shoreline

I found Canadian Dory, or is it Canadian Nemo? I dunno, I don't speak whale…

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Nita Lake

Steps off the Valley Trail and of course, Nita Lake Lodge, is Whistler’s smallest fishing lake, yet it teams with Rainbow Trout thanks to an annual stocking of some five hundred to a thousand fish around Father’s Day. One of the best spots is where Whistler Creek comes into the lake, though success can be found in boats as well.

#rainbows at #sundown #nitalake #whistlerbc #flyfishing #capturethemoment

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Chillin 🐟🌞👌#flyfishing #nitalake #whistlermountain #creeklife

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Of course, if you’re new to it all and a nymph is more of a woodland creature to you than a fly you’ll want to hire a guide. Trout Country Fishing Guides and Whistler Fishing Guides will show you the ropes – or rather, lines – and take you to their secret spots that we couldn’t share here. They’ll also provide the gear so if you don’t want to bring it to Whistler with you – or have forgotten it, hiring a guide is a great way to feel that first tug.

Exciting news for ladies looking to learn the ropes: Trout Country Fishing Guides is offering GO Fish: Ladies Fly Fishing Clinics with Cortney on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. Spots are limited so make sure to pre-register to save your spot.

And from there, you’ll be hooked.

The Whistler Challenge

It’s no secret that Whistler is a mecca for outdoor activities, but what many don’t know is that this town is the prime place to do two or three sports in a day. And the best season to do them all? Spring.

Sure, spring brings an end to those epic blower pow days, but it also brings bluebird days and that rush of excitement over all the things you can do now that the skies are lighter longer and the weather isn’t hammering you with frostbite every other day.

If you’re new to Whistler, we’ll let you in on a little secret: we love being outside. We love it so much that we’ll wake up, go for a quick jaunt up the ski hill, come back and go to work for a few hours and then hit the local crag or zip to the lake for an evening paddle. On our days off we’re either cranking it out hard at the bike park or on an intense cross country trail, or going for a legendary hike and then a wind down paddle on the lake.

Heck, we might even combine that evening paddle with some yoga, just to make those well-used muscles ticky happy.

One thing we’re not is boring, so sometimes we flip the whole routing on its head and start the morning out on the lake with a few kilometer swim, or a yoga paddle board session, then warm up the body with a run, and end the day at Nordic with a great cragging session.

The point is, it’s never dull around here in the spring and we invite you to dive into all the outdoor activities you can find – in one day. We’re showing you the most popular 2- or 3-pack days but feel free to make this your own – then take the Whistler Challenge and do all 6 sports in a weekend.

Your lungs, heart, mind, body, and soul will kiss you for it.

1. The Two-Pack Quickie
Sometimes you’ve got to work to pay for rent so when 8 hours of your day are spent doing the thing you don’t particularly love doing, keep your soul alive with a morning paddle on either a SUP, kayak or canoe around Alta or Green Lake, and a run along the Valley Trail when you’re off shift later on.

2. The Classic

Nothing beats the feeling of getting up and knowing you’re going to be at the top of the world in a few hours. The Classic Whistler spring day gets you on your two planks or board for first chair, then down when the lifts close, and on your bike for the rest of the day. Choose from the bike park, Lost Lake trails, or some good old fashioned road riding.

3. The Pre-Ironman
Swim, bike and run is the Ironman formula for pushing your body as far as it can go, but you don’t have to bike to Pemberton and back to say you’ve done a 3-sport day. Make the swim as fun as you want and the rest will just fall into place.

Bye bye summer

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4. The Zen Master
The world of low-impact but high output is akin to meditating while keeping your muscles perfectly poised. As many zen masters have discovered, climbing and yoga go hand-in-hand – almost literally – as one benefits the other. Get your climb on with a great little crag session in Nordic or Cal-Chek, or for a fun après work jaunt hit up Star Chek. Then bust out a few yoga poses right at the crag or start the day with a yoga session on the dock of your favourite lake.

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5. Sea to Summit
Sometimes you’ve got to get to the top to see it all. Hike one of Whistler’s many trails and the cool down with a swim, or kick off the hike with a swim. Better yet, take a dip in one of the alpine lakes – just do it quickly because temperatures don’t get better just because the weather does.

Cover photo: Mike Crane

WFF17 Announces Adventure Series Lineup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Experience Adventure on Film at Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival
Whistler Film Festival announces Adventure Film Series lineup.

Whistler, B.C. (April 18, 2017): Get ready for adventure and more! The Whistler Film Festival’s 4th annual Adventure Film Series returns May 19 to 21 as part of Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival (GO Fest). The action packed lineup features seven film screenings comprised of 30 films that range from extreme sport to activism through adventure, including 27 shorts and three features from four countries, with five screenings complimented by a speaker series related to the films. Mountain biking, environmentalism, surfing, climbing, running, slacklining, skiing, surfing, rowing, outdoor art, and traveling are among the series’ film themes.

“Whistler is a renowned outdoor adventure destination that attracts thrill seekers and adrenalin junkies,” says WFF’s Executive Director Shauna Hardy Mishaw. “WFF’s Adventure Film Series offers an exciting lineup for outdoor enthusiasts to experience adventure on film, and through personal stories and photography.”

WFF’s Adventure Film Series is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about environments, cultures, issues and adventures through the power of the story. Above all else, it is a gathering for like-minded people who get together to celebrate the wonder of wild places and outdoor adventure.

The series kicks off on Friday, May 19 at 4:00pm featuring seven short films themed Adventure Unknown. From the bumpy trails of India to the bitterly cold waves of Iceland, life is full of unexpected excursions. These are the stories of brave wanderers. At 7:00pm, WFF presents the Canadian premiere of Red Bull Media’s latest film BLOOD ROAD, which follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos over 40 years earlier. During this poignant voyage of self discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit while learning more about the historic ‘Blood Road’ and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways.

On Saturday, May 20, the series features a 4:00pm presentation themed ADVENTUROUS INFLUENCERS. Whether they’re setting world records at the age of ten or inspiring change in others, these are the ten stories of courageous athletes and groundbreaking artists. Experience their influential and uplifting tales. The program will be followed by a presentation from John Leslie. Cancer took John’s leg when he was 10 years old. The following winter snowboarding changed his life. The Ottawa native is a snowboard Paralympian preparing to represent Canada in the 2018 games. Experience his inspirational story on screen and in person. At 7:00pm and 9:00pm, the Adventure Film Series proudly presents the Canadian premiere of UNDER AN ARCTIC SKY directed by Chris Burkard, which follows six surfers who set sail along the frozen northern shores of Iceland, knowing that the largest storm to hit the country in 25 years is about to arrive. Enduring constant darkness and stormy seas, they discover perfect waves and make history by surfing under the northern lights. The film will be introduced by an inspiring presentation from Burkard, an accomplished explorer, photographer, filmmaker, creative director, speaker and author, who joins us from California via Alaska to speak about his latest film adventure.

On Sunday, May 21 the series features a 4:00PM presentation themed LIVING ON THE EDGE. This series features 7 films about climbing and the mountains.Nothing can stop these athletes from climbing the biggest cracks and sending it. Whether they’re ice climbing in Michigan or setting world records at the age of nine, these climbing legends are making their way to the top. The series will be followed by a presentation from Kristin Gerhart, co director of GLACIER EXIT. Kristin is the co-director of Glacier Exit which is part of the series. An award-winning editor and filmmaker based in Los Angeles and a graduate of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, she is a passionate environmental activist. Join her as she discusses how climate change is affecting people both in Seward, Alaska and around the world.

New this year, WFF in collaboration with Mountain Life Magazine introduces a photography competition to the Adventure Film Series with the winning photo to be featured in the summer issue of Mountain Life Coast Magazine which hits the stands June 1. The top three photos will also be featured online on mountainlifemedia.ca. Photos must be images taken within the Sea to Sky region (Vancouver to Pemberton). The contest is open to all ages and the top ten photos will be determined by an online, social voting system channel through WFF’s Facebook page with the winning photo and runner ups to be selected by a Mountain Life jury. The winner will be announced on the final night of the series on May 21. Submit your photos at: http://whistlerfilmfestival.com/events/adventure-film-series.

There will also be a free adventure photography exhibition to experience in the Maury Young Arts Centre Gallery during GO FEST, featuring a selection of competition photos and photos from the participating films.

All events will take place at the Maury Young Arts Centre. Film and speaker series tickets are $15 per program. WFF Adventure Film Series info and tickets are available online at: www.greatoutdoorsfest.com and www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.
WFF’s Adventure Film Series is supported by GO Fest, an initiative of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) funded through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative. GO Fest is part of the RMOW’s Festivals, Events and Animation program, and is one component of the larger May long weekend strategy. WFF’s Adventure Film Series is sponsored by Mountain Life.

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The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will celebrate its 16th edition as Canada’s coolest film fest from November 30 to December 4 with fresh films, special guests, lively celebrations, and unique industry initiatives.

GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, will take place May 19 to 22, 2017 in Whistler, located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometers (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. GO Fest celebrates the convergence of winter and summer in North America’s premier four-season mountain resort. GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival is part of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) Festivals, Events & Animation (FE&A) program and is funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative.

Whistler is Canada’s premier, year-round destination located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia, and just two hours north of Vancouver. Consistently ranked the number one mountain resort in North America, Whistler features two majestic mountains, epic skiing and snowboarding conditions, four championship golf courses, more than 200 shops, 90 restaurants and bars, accommodations galore, hiking trails, spas and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world. In short, Whistler has everything you will ever need to have the time of your life – and so much more.

WFF ADVENTURE FILM SERIES LINEUP:

Friday, May 19, 4:00PM

Short Films: ADVENTURE UNKNOWN
113 mins | Unrated
Journey into the unknown. From the bumpy trails of India to the bitterly cold waves of Iceland, life is full of unexpected excursions. Experience seven stories of brave wanderers.

India: An Uncertain Road (Canada) Dir. Vince Edmond
Changing Course (USA) Dir. Ryan Heffernan, Grayson Schaffer
Shift (Canada) Dir. Kelly Milner
The Foodless Odyssey Dir. Anthill Films
The Trail to Kazbegi (USA) Dir. Joey Schusler
The Accord (USA) RC Cone
Dreamride 2 (Canada) Mike Hopkins

Speaker: Scott Secco

The Adventure Unknown program will be followed by a talk from action sport filmmaker Scott Secco. You can find the Victoria, BC native chasing golden light and pristine singletrack, wherever the trails may take him. Scott joins us to talk about shooting Mike Hopkin’s epic short Dreamride 2.

Friday, May 19 7:00PM

Film: BLOOD ROAD
Canadian Premiere
2017 | USA | 96 mins
Directed by Nicholas Schrunk/Red Bull Media House | Unrated

BLOOD ROAD follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos over 40 years earlier. During this poignant voyage of self discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit while learning more about the historic ‘Blood Road’ and the impact the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways.

Saturday May 20 4:00PM

Short Films: ADVENTUROUS INFLUENCERS
105 mins | Unrated

Whether they’re setting world records at the age of ten or inspiring change in others, these are the stories of courageous athletes and groundbreaking artists. Experience their influential and uplifting tales.

The Canoe (Canada) Dir. Goh Iromoto
Flow (Germany) Dir. Joachim Hellinger, Christian Schmidt
What If You Fly (USA) Dir. Renan Ozturk and Taylor Rees
Digging for Galena (Canada) Dir. Brian Goertzen
Doing It Scared (New Zealand) Dir. Matthew Newton
70 Some Years (USA) Dir. Riley Hooper
Douglas Tompkins: Wild Legacy (USA) Dir. James Q Martin & Chris Cresci
In Current (USA) Dir. Ryan Heffernan
Light Cycles (Canada) Dir. Mike Gamble
John Leslie Story (Canada) Dir. Crispin Cannon

Speaker: John Leslie

The Adventurous Influencers program will be followed by a presentation by John Leslie. Cancer took John’s leg when he was 10 years old. The following winter snowboarding changed his life. The Ottawa native is a snowboard Paralympian preparing to represent Canada in the 2018 games. Experience his inspirational story on screen and in person.

Saturday May 20 7:00PM

Film: UNDER AN ARCTIC SKY
Canadian Premiere
2017 | USA | 40 mins + Presentation
Directed by Chris Burkard | Unrated

Six surfers set sail along the frozen northern shores of Iceland, knowing that the largest storm to hit the country in 25 years is about to arrive. Enduring constant darkness and stormy seas, they discover perfect waves and make history by surfing under the northern lights.

Speaker: Chris Burkard

UNDER AN ARCTIC SKY will be introduced by an inspiring presentation from Chris Burkard, an accomplished explorer, photographer, filmmaker, creative director, speaker and author. Chris joins us from California via Alaska to speak about his latest film adventure.

Saturday May 20 9:00PM

Film: UNDER AN ARCTIC SKY
Canadian Premiere
2017 | USA | 40 mins + Presentation
Directed by Chris Burkard | Unrated

Six surfers set sail along the frozen northern shores of Iceland, knowing that the largest storm to hit the country in 25 years is about to arrive. Enduring constant darkness and stormy seas, they discover perfect waves and make history by surfing under the northern lights.

Speaker: Chris Burkard

UNDER AN ARCTIC SKY will be introduced by a presentation from Chris Burkard, an accomplished explorer, photographer, filmmaker, creative director, speaker and author. Chris joins us from California via Alaska to speak about his latest film. Come early to meet the filmmaker!

Sunday, May 21 4:00pm

Short Films: LIVING ON THE EDGE
109 mins | Unrated

Climb. Sleep. Repeat. Nothing can stop these athletes from climbing the biggest cracks and sending it. Whether they’re ice climbing in Michigan or setting world records at the age of nine, these climbing legends are making their way to the top.

Haywire (USA) Dir. Cheyne Lempe
Fallen Feather (USA) Dir. Aaron Peterson
Young Guns (USA) Dir. Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell
Biggs Crack (Canada) Dir. Z Griffler
A Song for Tomorrow (Germany) Franz Walter
Brette (USA) Dir. Peter Mortimer, Josh Lowell, Nick Rosen
Glacier Exit (USA) Dir. Kristin Gerhart, Paul Rennick, Raphael Rogers

Speaker: Kristin Gerhart

The Living On The Edge program will be followed by a presentation by Kristin Gerhart, who is the co-director Glacier Exit. An award-winning editor and filmmaker based in Los Angeles and a graduate of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, Kristin is a passionate environmental activist. Join her for an insightful conversation about how climate change is affecting people both in Seward, Alaska and around the world.

Sunday May 21 7:00PM

Short Films: WILD AT HEART
65 mins mins | Unrated

Some people just can’t be tamed. Meet the wildest adventure personalities in the series. Whether they’re climbing the narrowest cracks or walking the tightest lines, these lunatics have no limits.

Boys In the Bugs (USA) DIr. Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen
John Shocklee (USA) Dir. Ryan Heffernan & Grayson Schaffer
Untethered (Canada) Dir. Levi Allen

Speaker: Spencer Seabrooke

The Wild At Heart program will be followed by a presentation by Spencer Seabrooke. A Pro Slackliner and the Co-Founder and leader of SlacklifeBC, Spencer is always going big and hard, dreaming up and making the epic missions possible. He continues to train hard and push himself, but is also a motivator to so many people around him. Join Spencer as he talks about cracking the world record for high lining set at the Squamish Chief.

Film: GIVEN

Whistler Premiere
2017 | USA | 54 mins
Directed by Jess Bianchi | Unrated

Given is the simple yet powerfully contemplative story of a unique family legacy come full circle. Told through the visceral experience of a 6 yr. old. Given follows legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin from their island home of Kauai through 15 different countries in the quest for surf and to fulfill a calling handed down through generations.

Go Fest Announces Free Concert Lineup

For Immediate Release…

GO FEST, WHISTLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS FESTIVAL, ANNOUNCES FREE CONCERT LINE-UP MAY 19-21, 2017

Hall of Fame Inductee 54•40, The Zolas and Dear Rouge will perform outdoor shows in Whistler on May Long Weekend

WHISTLER, BC April 18, 2017 – Iconic Canadian rockers 54•40 will launch the free concert series planned for GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoor Festival, May 19-21 with a show on Friday, May 19. The concert will set the stage for two more days and nights of free, live acts including JUNO-nominated “Breakthrough Group of the Year”, The Zolas, on Saturday, and Vancouver-based, alternative dance-rock and JUNO award-winning duo Dear Rouge on Sunday. GO Fest’s outdoor concerts will fill Village Square with free music every night with opening acts playing at 3 p.m., and headliners at 7:30 p.m., on the Main Stage.

The band 54•40 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at both the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards (The INDIES) and the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards this year. With more than three decades of performing and recording behind them, they are no strangers to Whistler, and their distinct vibe and energy always connect to locals and guests alike. 54•40 will take the GO Fest Main Stage in Village Square at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, May 19, to perform from their incredible catalogue of hit songs.

On Saturday, May 20, at 3 p.m., MAZACOTE, a hard-hitting West Coast Latin dance band will lay down some world dance party vibes and heat up the stage with horn-driven New York salsa dura and beats from Colombia, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.

The breakout indie band The Zolas, fresh off a JUNO nomination, will follow later that night at 7:30 p.m. The band’s vibrant experimental pop combines influences including Queens of the Stone Age, Dr Dre and The Pixies. The Zolas will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, May 20 and keep the crowd dancing as they stir modern production into their memories of the influences that surrounded them as kids growing up in the 90’s.

Sunday, May 21 at GO Fest will see up and comers //AMISTAD// play at 3 p.m. with the relentless energy that makes it clear why everyone is buzzing about them.  The Vernon, BC alt five-piece band kicks off the day, with their poignant, catchy, go-home-and-listen-to-them-on-repeat songs.

Dear Rouge’s instantly recognizable sound will get the crowd going on the last night of the GO Fest live music series as they send out punchy guitar hooks, uplifting synth layers and sincerely powerful vocals. The duo’s synth rock jams will wind up Whistler’s May Long weekend free concert series in Village Square at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night, May 21.

“The Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative contributions to the Resort Municipality of Whistler have allowed us to help drive a wide range of programs to grow tourism. Live music in the spring and summer seasons has been an integral component of the activation’s we have undertaken to help us achieve record visitation year over year,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.

GO Fest Main Stage in Village Square Concert Schedule

Friday, May 19

  • 7:30 p.m. – 54•40

Saturday, May 20

  • 3 p.m. – MAZACOTE
  • 7:30 p.m. – The Zolas

Sunday, May 21

  • 3 p.m. – //AMISTAD//
  • 7:30 p.m. – Dear Rouge

Now in its fourth year, GO Fest celebrates May’s intersection of winter and summer activities where Whistler’s visitors and residents can experience the best of all seasons, in all manner of outdoor pursuits from skiing and snowboarding to sailing, golfing, fishing, tennis, paddling, running and biking.

Produced by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and funded through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative, this year’s festival will see more entertainment and activities taking place in Whistler Village, including music and street entertainment. Over the course of four days, GO Fest attendees will get a chance to sample a host of outdoor activities and products in a high-energy, family-friendly outdoor setting.

Stay up to date on this year’s GO Fest, Whistler Great Outdoors Festival, by visiting www.greatoutdoorsfest.com or following www.facebook.com/greatoutdoorsfest, @GOFestWhistler on Instagram and @GOFestWhistler on Twitter.

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About GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival

GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, takes place May 19-22, 2017 and celebrates the convergence of winter and summer in North America’s premier four-season mountain resort. GO Fest is an initiative of the Resort Municipality of Whistler and is funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative. Part of the Festivals, Events and Animation Program, GO Fest is one component of the larger May Long Weekend Initiative. Learn more at www.greatoutdoorsfest.com.

About the Resort Municipality of Whistler

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Our vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability.

Back vs. Slack. Or is it all just whacked?

No one forgets their first time. You’re skiing or riding along your favorites run – maybe it’s big and wide and blue with epic views, or maybe it’s steep and bumped out so your knees rattle a bit – and suddenly you look off to the side. What’s that? Some untouched white gold that looks as fluffy as cloud essence?

And then you see it: the endless amount of virgin pow just waiting to be ridden. You cast a backward glance only once at the beautiful run you’re leaving, and then you duck into the darkness of the trees.

At the bottom you’re breathless with exhilaration. You’ve just gone where no one else has gone before, and it was the best ride of your life.

You’ve just tasted the world of off piste. It’s beautiful and glorious and full of risk because in the blink of an eye you could sail off a cliff, fall into Whistler Creek, or end up at Cheakamus and hitching back to the Village.

Off piste is where the groomers don’t go and the maps get vague. It’s where pow exists when there’s nothing great on the runs, and it’s where you get to know every tree, every fallen log, and all the turns of the creek in a way you’ve never thought possible.

It’s everyone’s first taste of a face shot.

@therichardtopp plunging into the deep end . #keepittubes

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So you ski off piste for a while until one day you notice some hard core looking guys and gals hopping on the chair with large packs, and bindings that look much smaller than yours. You follow them and see they’re walking – walking up to the top of Flute.

You don’t have the gear but you strap on your skis or board and start up. There’s enough of them to make you realize they know something you don’t, and it’s got to be good.

Earning my turns #whistlerblackcomb #bluebirdday #hiking

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The long way up • @ioandavies

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You’re sweating up a storm at the top and your heart hasn’t pumped that fast since you’re first date, but you see where everyone is going. And the down is viciously sweet.

 Welcome to slackcountry, where just a short jaunt uphill from the ski lifts gives you access to even more fresh pow – a veritable blank canvas that is waiting for you to float and drift on the most heavenly white gold you’ve ever experienced. It’s so smooth and buttery that you want to bottle it up and take it with you.

Out here, you earn your turns and walk up to get the best rides down.

Perfect day for a walk! #musicalbumps #oboe

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You soon realize you’ve got to get better gear, so you invest in an Avalanche Skills Training (AST) course, buy a beacon, shovel and probe, and find yourself out on Decker, Corona Bowl, or the Musical Bumps every time you’re out.

And then the epic stories start trickling in – ones of people sleeping out overnight on the Spearhead, or shredding Heartstrings up on the Duffey.

So you tag along, and suddenly you’re pack is a lot bigger than it was and you’re not walking for only an hour. You’re walking for a few hours, and you’re almost deadbeat exhausted, but the ride down is the most incredible you’ve ever experienced.

And the views. Nothing beats those views.

Now you’re in the real backcountry, where understatements reign supreme when someone suggests you “go for a walk” and “just pop over that ridge”. The walks are long and the lifts are far away. Cell service is unavailable and if things go sideways, it’s up to you and your buds to get you out.

In other words, you’re in the heart of nature.

Just above Matier Glacier icefall enjoying the fat coastal snowpack.

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And for some, this is the best place to be. Your days are long and you carry your own food, water, and tent, and somehow you are more connected to the land than you’ve ever been.

But when you return home and tell others about what you’ve done, they raise their eyebrows and say “You walked? Up a hill?” and give you the look that says you’re whacked.

And maybe you are.

But there’s a whole lot of you out there, exploring the backcountry.

And for those that don’t ride the backcountry, there is no shame – no shame at all, in playing it safe and riding the lifts. After all, a blue bird day is a blue bird day no matter where you are.

Or how whacked you can be.

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The Art of the Après

There are about a thousand reasons to come to Whistler but only one reason to stay once the lifts close: après ski.

Unofficially starting at 3:30 p.m. but officially starting whenever your legs turn to rubber, your hands are so cold you can’t hold onto your poles or crank your bindings, or your stomach is growling so loud that the person next to you on the lift wonders if you’ve got an angry cat stowed in your jacket, après ski (known more commonly to the cool kids as just “après”) is the backbone of mountain culture. It is the essence of every ski town, the raison d’être for not crawling into your bed, hot tub, or couch at 3:50 p.m. with quivering legs because you shredded Peak to Creek one last time (and death before download), and ignoring the world.

Après is where the world comes to you – or rather, the world is around you and you get to choose how you want to see it.

Whistler is no exception to the grand scale of the après life, offering a veritable Choose Your Own Adventure of options, from rowdy boot-stomping, beer-sloshing bar-top dancing venues to wide-open patios that give you unparalleled views of mountains and the hundreds of people walking by, to darker quiet places by firesides that allow you to refuel and gather your zen for your next day of epic pow.

But before you drag your weary body into the first place who’ll seat you and your dozen friends and gnosh on the first item on the menu, there’s a few things you should know.

1.We likes our poutine. And beer. We’ve got many varieties of both.

2. Nachos here are like cowboys: they’re bigger, badder, and more legendary than the ones next door. Everyone will judge you if you don’t share your order. Or your beer.

Nachos anyone? #apres #whistlerblackcomb #nachos

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3. Butt rub mayo. Get some and order extra. Trust us.

Feed your cravings! Burgers + Butt Rub | #SkiEatDrink #Lunch #Creekside #AprerSki

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4. We love our local bands and musicians. Like, really love them.

5. This is the only time you get to dance in ski or snowboard boots. Bonus marks if you can clamber onto a bar top with either still done up.

6. If you leave Whistler without doing a shot ski, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. Bragging rights if you get it with a fireball.

Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi #whistlerstyle

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7. Patio, people, patio. That’s the best place to soak up the sun, gawk at everyone else walking by, pick tomorrow’s lines, and keep an eye on your gear.

Nothing is better than Apres ski. #longhornsaloon

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8. You can order a peppermint patty once. After that, you will be judged.

Can’t help myself.🤷‍♀️

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9. Don’t forget to tip. We all have to pay rent.

10. Après doesn’t end when the mountains close. You can après after that epic spring hike, that blistering summer bike ride, or that grueling fall run. Whistler is open year round, and so are your choices for après.

Cover photo: Mike Crane

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