Are you ready for this? The WSSF is back! It’s the festival that takes the spirit of spring in Whistler and mixes it with the best of our mountain culture for 10 days of non-stop, home-grown awesome.
Art, music, photography, filmmaking, ski and snowboard competitions and non-stop nightlife, PLUS some of the best spring skiing and après sessions you’ll ever have.
The Junior National Freestyle Skiing Championships will be making its debut on the WSSF event schedule, and will take place in the terrain park on Blackcomb Mountain on April 6th – 9th. Monster Energy returns with its Boarderstyle Tour Finals on April 14th – 15th, while the fan favourite, Gibbons’ Style Session, is joining forces with Whistler Blackcomb’s Fire and Ice team for an epic jump competition on April 15th at the base of Whistler Mountain. As always, the on-hill events will draw some of the top ski and snowboard athletes from North America and around the world to Whistler.
The Canadian Junior Freestyle Championships will be held April 6th-9th. This event challenges 80 of Canada’s best freestyle skiers 12-18 years old to shred Blackcomb’s High Level Terrain Park in Slopestyle, Big Air and Halfpipe. Qualification for an invitation to the Championship event is performance-based after a series of provincials held across Canada. Award Ceremonies will be held on the Fido Main Stage at the base of Whistler at 5pm on April 7th, 6pm on April 8th and at the base of Blackcomb at 4pm on April 9th.
“We’re stoked to have The Canadian Junior Freestyle Championships during the festival this year,” says Sue Eckersley, Executive Director for the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. “It’s the first time we’ve had a national freestyle championship event in Whistler and we’re stoked to feature the future generation of top skiers. These junior athletes are truly talented and we’re looking forward to seeing what they throw down on the first weekend.”
The Monster Boarderstyle Tour Finals will also take place in the terrain park on Blackcomb Mountain. The event puts four riders against each other in a head-to-head boardercross-style race integrated with big air features. In previous years, the event was a standalone contest in Whistler during WSSF. This year, the Monster Boarderstyle hit the road with national events across Canada. Winners from Nationals will be flown to Whistler to compete in the Monster Boarderstyle Tour Finals for cash prizes on April 14th-15th.
Gibbons’ Style Session is joining forces with Whistler Blackcomb’s Fire and Ice team to put together a fiery jump competition at the base of Whistler Mountain beside the Fido Main Stage on April 15th. Professional athletes will be sure to put on a show with live dancers, master DJs and stunning fireworks. Along with entertaining the crowd, the Gibbons’ athletes will be paired up and judged on their jumping and choreographic skills, and the winning pairs in both male and female categories will walk away with cash prizes.
There is no better spring festival anywhere and great ski and stay deals are available. This is the year to visit Whistler, they boast a three meter base at mid-station and have an amazing event schedule. Have fun!