Spring Festivals and Events in Whistler
It’s no secret that there’s an abundance of interactive experiences in Whistler. The quality and variety of festivals that Whistler offers, has put this lovely mountain town on the map. The end of winter and kick-off to spring are home to a few signature events, which bring many people from around the globe.
Whether you are planning a weekend with the boys, a getaway with the girls, quality family time or on a solo mission, there’s a festival for you to enjoy.
These are three events that we think deserve special attention:
World Ski and Snowboard Festival
Dates: April 10-14, 2019
There’s no better way to wrap up a season of shredding epic pow, fresh tracks, powder days and bluebird laps than the World Ski and Snowboard Festival. This legendary festival, which began in 1996, offers four days packed with ski and snowboarding events, endless parties, live music (and DJs) plus events that celebrate photography, art and film.
Some of the sporting events include:
- Mum’s (and Friend’s) Mountain Classic
- Ski and Snowboard Big Air
- Saudan Couloir Race Extreme
- Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships
- Slush Cup
All of these events are awesome and there’s something for everyone. If you are looking to hit the dance floor and bust a move to some groovy beats, you are going to want to keep an eye out for schedule announcement divulging who the live concerts and DJs will be.
Imagine ripping down the mountain for apres and you are heading from the hill to the party with thousands of your closest friends. During WSSF this is a reality. There’s truly no better energy or apres experience.
The WSSF art events are ones that sell out year after year. These events bring together local legends, ski and snowboard enthusiast and some of the most talented and passionate mountain culture photographers, videographers and artists.
If you are thinking about checking out any of these events, snag your ticket(s) before they sell out:
- MULTIPLICITY presented by Mountain Life Media
- Pro Photographer Showdown
- Swatch 72hr Filmmaker Showdown
- Clif Intersection in Associate with Protect our Winters Canada
We know that if you add any WSSF events into your plans, you will defiantly not regret it. The World Ski and Snowboard Festival signifies the end of the winter season and usually launches Whistler into spring mode (including spring skiing!).
Dates: May 17-20, 2019
Coming into their sixth year, Whistler’s Great Outdoor Festival, also known as GO Fest, will be happening this Victoria Day Long Weekend. During these four days, you get to experience various outdoors activities with Whistler as your backdrop. The festival’s event schedule hasn’t dropped yet but they do offer numerous events and experiences that fall under the sporting, arts and culture and music categories, including free outdoor concerts.
Keep an eye on the GO Fest website to see what 2019 has in store for you!
Dates: June 15-16, 2019
Based in Whistler’s Olympic Park, this two-day event will push you to your physical and mental limit while having fun. The Tough Mudder features two events: the Tough Mudder Classic and the Tough Mudder 5K. These two events support solo participation but they are also very fun when you are with your friends/family/coworkers and are a part of a team. Can you say “team building idea?”
Tough Mudder Classic
This event has 25 military-style obstacles throughout a span of up to 16km. Each year the course is different, which keeps this event fresh and pleasantly unpredictable. Some examples of obstacles from previous years include ice water plunges, electrical shocks, and climbing.
Tough Mudder 5K
This event has 13 military-style obstacles over 5km. The Tough Mudder 5K is similar to the Tough Mudder Classic but it is a shorter course.
There’s a very good chance that you will literally be getting down and dirty if you participate in this event. Check out the Tough Mudder website to learn more and to register. If this event sounds like it would be fun to watch or if you want to cheer on your friends and family, you can go there as a spectator. Sometimes watching this event can be just as exhilarating as participating.
Credit: Tourism Whistler / Warren Zelman
If you aren’t planning to be in Whistler during any of these festivals that’s okay because there are plenty of other really awesome and unique experiences that you can be a part of.
After attending a free outdoor concert, shredding the pow or experiencing a new sport, you will probably want to come back to your home away from home to kick back and relax. You will need to book accommodations for your trip and Legends Whistler can be your accommodations of choice. Legends Whistler is located in Creekside, only steps away from the Creekside Gondola. With ski-in and ski-out access to Whistler Blackcomb, Legends Whistler is the perfect condo-style lodging for your Whistler vacation.