World Ski & Snowboard Festival (April 6 – 15)
Fire & Ice Show (Dec. 17 – March 25): Every Sunday night, plus special added dates. Spend your evening with family and friends with free live entertainment! Who can resist fireworks and fire spinners — especially when snowflakes fill the air! Whistler’s best skiers and riders, including Whistler Blackcomb Snow School’s finest, hit a big air jump through a blazing ring of fire. Skiers Plaza, Whistler Village base. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Family Après (Dec. 18 – March 28): Every Monday and Wednesday. Enjoy outdoor Canadian winter fun at Whistler Olympic Plaza. A variety of activities and entertainment happen each week. FREE. Join in and extend your day’s fun, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Kokanee Valley Race Series (Dec. 14 – March 22): The Kokanee Valley Race Series is held on select Thursdays throughout the season. The series is open to skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders with different gender and age divisions. No racing experience is required to join in on the fun of recreational racing.
Arts Whistler – Made in Whistler Market (Dec. 16 – March 31): Every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler. Browse and shop artisans’ unique hand-made goods, including jewellery, pottery, fine art, fashions, food and more.
Park Rider Ski and Snowboard Sessions (Dec. 17 – Feb. 18): Select dates. Open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, Park Rider Sessions feature slopestyle, rail jams and halfpipe competitions. Helmets are mandatory. Pre-registration is strongly recommended as events do sell out. Register through all Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations and Ski School Sales locations.
King of the Rail presented by Showcase (Dec. 20; Dec. 27; Jan. 3): The King of the Rail is a series of rail jam contests at 6 p.m. at the base of Whistler Mountain next to the Fitzsimmons Chair. Categories for snowboarders and skiers, males and females, adults and youth. All participants have a chance to win fantastic draw prizes.
Arts Whistler – Arts Whistler Live (Select Dates): A series of performances featuring live music, theatre and comedy at Maury Young Arts Centre. Experience shows by outstanding local and touring performers.
Official Opening Day - Winter (US Thanksgiving Day): This is the day skiers and snowboarders look forward to all year! Celebrate your very first tracks of the season! Whistler and Blackcomb mountains as well as the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola open for skiing, riding and sightseeing. Date subject to change.
Arts Whistler’s Holiday Market (US Thanksgiving Day Weekend): Featuring artisans from the Sea to Sky Corridor, Lower Mainland and beyond. A wide array of ceramics, clothing, fine art, wood, glass, metal, jewellry, leather, candles, as well as Christmas decorations. Plus, live music and a food court. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Whistler Conference Centre.
The Whistler Holiday Experience (Dec. 22 – Jan 4): This family fun zone is unparalleled for indoor entertainment! Kids enjoy a mini-putt course, table games, bouncy castles, crafts and video games free over the holiday season. Takes place daily (excluding Dec. 25 and Dec. 31) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (noon to 6 p.m. on Jan. 1) at the Whistler Conference Centre.
Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve Celebrations (Dec. 31): Say farewell to the old and welcome the new at this alcohol-free evening of family entertainment and celebration in Whistler Village. Enjoy multiple early Kids’ Countdowns. Free public transit available from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.
WinterPRIDE 2018 (Jan. 21 – 28): Whistler is proud to host WinterPRIDE, one of the biggest and best gay and lesbian ski weeks in North America. The LGBT pride week features a packed events schedule of skiing, snowboarding, parties, dances, social events and more. Visit gaywhistler.com.
Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Snowcross (Jan. 27 – 28 and March 3 – 4): The Whistler Blackcomb Ski and Snowboard Cross events are recreational competitions open to participants aged 9 to 13. Amateur skiers and boarders can compete on the Terrain Park Snowcross course in different divisions.
For more information, call 1-800-766-0449.
Sigge’s P’ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event (Feb. 24): Be at Whistler Olympic Park at 10 a.m. for the Sigge’s P’ayakentsut. This freestyle loppet on 15-, 30- or 50-km courses covers old-growth forest and world-class racing trails. It is the largest loppet in B.C., with thousands in giveaways and prizes! The P’ayak Mini, a 5-km loppet for children aged 5 to 12, starts at 1 p.m.
TELUS Winter Classic (March 9 – 10): The 25th annual TELUS Winter Classic is Whistler Blackcomb Foundation’s legendary fundraising event of the season. Join in a fun-filled weekend of wine, beer and spirit tastings, gourmet food, ski events and a Mountain Top Gala. To book your team or purchase event tickets call 604-938-7321.
Junior Freeski Challenge (March 15 – 18): This IFSA (International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association) event challenges skiing competitors aged 12 to 18 on big mountain terrain. They are scored based on style, control, technique, fluidity and line choice. Visit whistlerblackcomb.com.
World Ski & Snowboard Festival (April 6 – 15): Don’t miss this legendary festival, the defining celebration of Whistler’s mountain culture. It’s a 10-day and night showcase of the latest progressions in the skiing and snowboarding world, where even the arts events are packed full of adrenaline. The festival combines Canada’s largest free outdoor concert series with career-making showdowns of action sports and lifestyle fashion, photography and film.
GO Fest – Great Outdoors Festival (May 18 – 21): Experience and explore Whistler’s great outdoors in a fun-filled weekend of mountain culture for the whole family. From sports and adventures to music, movies and arts and culture. Visit greatoutdoorsfest.com.