Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT THE WORLD SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL
What is the World Ski & Snowboard Festival?
When is the Festival?
Where is the Festival?
Do I need to buy a Festival pass or ticket?
What's happening at night?
Which bands are playing at the Festival?
How can I enjoy the Festival without spending any cash?
What can I do with my kids at the Festival?
I don't ski or snowboard, what can I do?

ABOUT FESTIVAL ACCESS
Where in Whistler is the Festival?
Do I need a lift ticket to see the alpine events?
Do I need skis or a snowboard to watch the alpine contests?
Do I need skis or a snowboard to watch the Big Air contest?
How do I get tickets to the evening film and photography events?
Can I compete in the ski and snowboard events?
Can I enter the Filmmaker Showdown?
How can I volunteer for the Festival?

ABOUT WHISTLER
How do I get to Whistler?
Where can I stay while in Whistler?
How much is a Whistler Blackcomb lift ticket?
Can I take a ski or snowboard lesson?
Where can I rent skis or snowboards?
Will there be construction closures on the Sea to Sky Highway during the Festival?
How do I get around once I'm in Whistler?
Are babysitting services available for when I go out at night?

 

What is the World Ski & Snowboard Festival?
The World Ski & Snowboard Festival is a 10-day annual celebration of snowsports, music, arts and mountain life. The Festival is held each April and includes pro ski and snowboard competitions, free daily concerts, film and photography exposes, family activities, free ski & snowboard demo days, a dog parade and a skate zone plus some of the best spring skiing and riding on the planet!

When is the Festival?
The 2013 World Ski & Snowboard Festival will take place April 11 - 20.

Where is the Festival?
The World Ski & Snowboard Festival is held each spring in North America 's premier 4-season resort – Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

Whistler is a mountain town located 120 km north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, the two-hour drive to Whistler from Vancouver takes you along the spectacular and newly renovated Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99). Visit Tourism Whistler's web site www.tourismwhistler.com for more information about Whistler.

Do I need to buy a Festival pass or ticket?
No. There is no admission fee to take part in the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Many of the events are free!

Free events include the daily concerts on the main stage in the village and in the clubs during Bud Light Apres and Freeride Series, State of the Art, the Whistler DogFest, Mascot Mayhem, and many other activities, events and showcases throughout the Village walkways.

On hill events inclunding Monster Energy's The Shred Show, The AFP Platinum ranked World Skiing Invitational and Super Demo Days are all free events to watch, but they do require a lift ticket to get to the competition venues.

Tickets are required for a few of the evening events, includingThe END,  Fashion Exposed - Swagger, Intersection, the OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown and the OLYMPUS 72hr. Filmmaker Showdown.

What's happening at night?
There are lots of things happening every night during the Festival. The bars and clubs are hopping with free music as part of Bud Light Freeride Series. Inspiring film and photography events take place during the evenings, plus there are always lots of surprises around every corner and in every bar. Check out the Festival Schedule for the ‘official' nightlife line-up but keep your eyes open for impromptu cool stuff…

Which bands are playing at the Festival?
The concert line up for the Outdoor Concert Series and Bud Light Freeride will be announced asap.

How can I enjoy the Festival without spending any cash?
There is no admission fee to take part in the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Most of the events during the Festival are free!

Free events include the daily concerts on the main concert stage in the village and in the clubs during Bud Light Freeride, the Skiing and Snowboarding Big Air Comps, the Whistler DogFest and many other activities, events and showcases throughout the Village walkways.

What can I do with my kids at the Festival?
There are lots of kid-friendly activities at the Festival! Take them up Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains to ski, snowboard or sign them up for a lesson to get a head start on next year's experience. They can also watch the ski and snowboard alpine competitions up on the mountain. Listen to one of the great bands at the Outdoor Concert Series. Check out the family-friendly Family Zones taking place in the Village daily with lots of exciting activities to keep your tots busy. Check out the Mascot Mayhem, the Dog Parade and Dog Fest, and don't miss the Big Air Comps at the base of Whistler Mountain.

I don't ski or snowboard, what can I do?
The World Ski & Snowboard Festival isn't just about skiing or snowboarding – there are lots of events for everyone to enjoy. Many of the events take place in the pedestrian-only Whistler Village … check out the scores of free concerts taking place on the Festival Mainstage and in the bars and clubs, be inspired at the Pro Photographer Showdown and the 72hr Filmmaker Showdown or check out the incredible art for sale at State of the Art in the Conference Centre. Take in the Dog Parade, or experience the thrill of competition at the Big Air at the base of Whistler Mountain. Browse through the village shops, art galleries and enjoy the many culinary adventures throughout Whistler's many world-class restaurants.

ABOUT FESTIVAL ACCESS
Where in Whistler is the Festival?
The Festival takes place all over Whistler Village. Events take place on the mountains, throughout the Village, in the Whistler Conference Centre, and in various venues around town.

Do I need a lift ticket to see the alpine events?
Yes, a lift ticket is required to watch the on-hill events except for the Big Air which is located at the base of Whistler Mountain in Skier's Plaza in Whistler Village. Lift tickets are $102 + tax (CAD) and can be purchased at any of the five Whistler Blackcomb bases. Visit Whistler Blackcomb www.whistlerblackcomb.com for additional lift ticket information.

Do I need skis or a snowboard to watch the alpine contests?
The Superpipe on Blackcomb Mountain is located just below the Solar Coaster and Catskinner lifts and requires spectators to have skis or snowboards.

Do I need skis or a snowboard to watch the Big Air contest?
No, the Big Air contests are located at the base of Whistler Mountain in the Village.

How do I get tickets to the evening film and photography events?
Tickets for the Pro Photographer Showdown and the 72hr Filmmaker Showdown will be available on the Festival E-store on this website.

Can I compete in the ski and snowboard events?
Athletes interested in competing in The Shred Show or the World Skiing Invitational are required to complete a Request for Invitation. Qualifying events will also be held to provide an opportunity for young up-and-comers to ride with the pros. The top 10 men qualifiers and the top five women will compete in the Finals.

Can I enter the 72hr. Filmmaker Showdown?
All you need to enter the Filmmaker Showdown is an idea, a video camera, some editing equipment and the alotted 72 hours! Visit the Entry Details page of the Filmmaker Showdown section.

How can I volunteer for the Festival?
Volunteer applications are available online here. Sign up for what might just be one of the best volunteer experiences of your life. Choose from a wide range of on-mountain, in-village operations or VIP hosting positions. Gain valuable experience in all aspects of event operation. The swag package and the volunteer party are legendary!

ABOUT WHISTLER
How do I get to Whistler?
There are a number of transport options to get you here. Whistler is a two-hour drive from the Vancouver International Airport, which is a direct flight from many major cities in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Bus or limousine transfers and car rentals are available at the airport or from downtown Vancouver (20 minutes from the airport). A heli-service or float plane service is also available. Definitely book in advance! Check out our Travel Page or for more detailed information, or visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com and click on “GETTING HERE”.

Where can I stay while in Whistler?
Check out the Travel Info section for travel packages and accommodation options in Whistler during the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. April delivers great value in the form of lift and lodging packages. You'll find everything from luxury hotels to cozy condos complete with kitchen and laundry facilities – many of which are just steps away from the lifts. Get up here and stay for a long time…it'll be a blast.

How much is a Whistler Blackcomb lift ticket?
One-day lift tickets are $96 + HST (CAD) during the 10 days of the Festival. Multi-day lift-ticket packages are also available. Visit Whistler Blackcomb www.whistlerblackcomb.com/tickets/ for more information.

Where can I rent skis or snowboards?
Rentals are available through Whistler Blackcomb. Book ahead on-line and pick up your equipment at one of the many rental shops at the base of the mountains. Visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/rentals/ for info.

Will there be construction closures on the Sea to Sky Highway during the Festival?
Most likely, no. Almost all of the constuction and amazing renovations have been completed and have improved the driving and road conditions enormously. Click here for the latest updates regarding the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement Project.

How do I get around once I'm in Whistler?
Whistler Village is designed for pedestrians and the majority of hotels are within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, nightlife and the ski lifts. Vehicles are not allowed in the pedestrian-only Village although there's lots of parking in the skier day lots or overnight in secure underground hotel parking lots. Whistler has an excellent public transit system with a free Village Shuttle that loops around the village every 10 minutes. There's also an efficient taxi service to help get you where you want to go.

Are babysitting services available for when I go out at night?
Babysitter services are available in Whistler through the Nanny Network www.thenannynetwork.net and Babysitting Whistler www.babysittingwhistler.com.