The 11th annual Whistler Film Festival startstoday. “Prepare for the Unexpected” overthe next 5 days! There will be lots of special guests in Whistlerthis week including comedian and actor Patton Oswalt (Big Fan, TheInformant and Ratatouille, as the voice of Remy). Patton starsopposite Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron in JasonReitman’s darkly funny Young Adult. A special advance screening ofYoung Adult will be shown tonight at the Whistler ConferenceCentre. Following the screening will be a Spotlight Award forSupporting Performance of the Year to Patton Oswalt.
Michael Shannon honoured at Spotlight Tribute & Gala
Another star will be visiting Whistler for thefestival. Actor Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road,TakeShelter, Boardwalk Empire) will be honoured at this year’sSpotlight Tribute & Gala this Saturday. Michael Shannon iscurrently filming Man of Steel in Vancouver, Canada which is duefor release in 2012. The Tribute will take place from 7pm to9pm at the Whistler Conference Centre and will be followed by theGala celebration at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre from 9pmto 2am.
Highlights of the Whistler Film Festival
Highlights of the Whistler Film Festival includetonight’s Opening Gala, a free outdoor showing of Pixar cartoons atthe Whistler Olympic Plaza, Awards Brunch and the ClosingGala. The Closing Gala will feature a specialpresentation of Warren Miller latest ski and snowboarding adventureLike There’s No Tomorrow. Like There’s NoTomorrow features fresh snow, breathtaking scenery, and some heartstopping action shots. This is the perfect film to wrap upthe 2011 Whistler Film Festival and to celebrate the start of thewinter season at Whistler Blackcomb. Check out the trailer ofLike There’s No Tomorrow below!
Must Watch Films
Other must watch films at the festival include:
RAINFOREST: THE LIMITS OF SPLENDOR – Director Richard Boyce andfriend – an elderly chief of the Kwaxkwaka’wakw people, inspires acinematic journey into in the most remote corner of VancouverIsland. Boyce sets out to observe if the ancient forest cansurvive the massive industrial tree farming that is decimating thelandscape surrounding his home. He takes us through some of themost intensive logging on the planet, into a wilderness that isnear extinction.
DOPPELGANGER PAUL (OR A FILM ABOUT HOW MUCH I HATE MYSELF) -Following a near death experience, Karl comes to believe that Paul,a stranger he sees on the street, is his doppelganger. Afterstalking him for several weeks, Karl finally makes contact thussetting in motion a bizarre chain of events that will result in theloss of a thumb, the theft of a manuscript, rides on a miniaturerailroad, and a trip to Portland in a 1984 Chevy VanDura and twoappearances on a popular morning talk show.
IN THE FAMILY
Chip, six years old, has only known life with his two dads, Codyand Joey. When Cody dies in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggleto find their footing. Just as they do, Eileen–Cody’ssister–reveals that Cody’s will made her Chip’s guardian. Theyears of Joey’s acceptance into the family seem suddenly undone andChip is taken away. Armed with his friends support and inspired byhis memories of Cody, Joey finds a path to peace with the familyand closer to Chip.
The story of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and theacademic and writer Michael Aris; a true story of devotion andhuman understanding set against a background of political turmoilwhich continues today in Burma. Starring Michelle Yeoh and DavidThewlis.
For more information and to see the complete filmschedule, visit Whistler FilmFestival.
CommentsNovember 30, 2011
When you are visiting Whistler this winter, make sureyou include a trip to the Squamish Lil’watCultural Centre and learn about the local BC FirstNations cultures. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre inWhistler provides guests the opportunity to experience thedistinctive living cultures of two local First Nations. Whistlerand the surrounding area is home to the Squamish Aboriginal peopleand the Lil’wat Aboriginal people.
The Tale of Two Nations
The Squamish Nation territory extends from NorthVancouver up through Squamish to Whistler. The Lil’watNation territory starts in Whistler and extends north throughPemberton to Mount Currie. The traditional territories overlap inWhistler which is the perfect location for the Squamish Lil’watCultural Centre.
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is located in theUpper Village, just across from the Four Seasons ResortWhistler. The centre is open in the winter from Tuesday toSunday 10am – 5pm. Every Tuesday throughout the winteradmission to the exhibits and galleries will be by donation.
The centre features a museum, modern gallery, exhibits,gift shop, café, theatre, as well as hourly cultural performancesand guided tours with local First Nation Ambassadors.
A new exhibition for this winter is the Lil’wat NationWeaving Wisdom exhibition. This is a collection ofcontemporary and traditional cedar woven pieces. The exhibition isan opportunity for the public to learn more about the interestingand spiritual process of weaving that continues today as a resultof the guidance, inspiration, and dedication of many in theNations. The Lil’wat Nation is highly regarded for basketryand weaving. Works within the exhibit include baby cradles,trays and berry baskets.
Visit the Gift Shop and Cafe
As well as the museum and exhibits, the Squamish Lil’watCultural Centre features a gift shop and cafe. Both thegift shop and cafe can be accessed without paying the admission feeto the centre. This is a great place to find the perfectWhistler gift that will be unique and special. The gift shopis now also available online at shop.slcc.ca. Youcan browse and purchase some amazing First Nation art work fromlocal and regional artists.
The cafe at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural is locatedbetween the Istken Hall and the Giftshop. Try someindigenous inspired cuisine such as Squamish salmon chowder orLil’wat venison chilli and of course you have to try theBannock. The cafe is kid friendly and features a children’sreading, colouring and play zone.
For more information, view the SquamishLil’wat Cultural Centre website.
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CommentsNovember 24, 2011
Pictures Tell a 1,000 Words!
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CommentsNovember 22, 2011
MIKE DOUGLAS “EMBEDDED” ON WHISTLER MOUNTAIN FOR SIXDAYS
“Godfather of freeskiing” documents behind thescenes opening of Whistler Blackcomb earlyopening.
Mike Douglas “The Godfather of Freeskiing,” is currentlyEMBEDDED onWhistler Mountain for six days, documenting the insidestory as Whistler Blackcomb prepares for its early opening.
Armed with only his camera equipment and wintergear, Douglas is living solo in the patrol hut atop theiconic Peak Chair at 7,160 feet on Whistler Mountain. He’ll beproducing a series of short videos that bring to life the behindthe scenes work that goes into opening a world-class ski area forthe season. Douglas will be EMBEDDED with Whistler Blackcombsnowmakers, groomers, patrollers, and lift operations teams as theymobilize in preparation for Friday.
“Good things seem to come to those who wait. Asthe snow falls on Whistler Blackcomb, we all want to be up there assoon as possible, which is an exercise in patience,” says Douglas,co-founder of award winning film crew Switchback Entertainment.”After a long wait, I’ve finally made it up Whistler Mountain andit’s so good! The morning views have been spectacular and there islots of snow up here. This is a once in a lifetimeopportunity.”
Epic Amounts of Early Season Snow
With a snow base of 55 centimetres at Pig Alley (1,650metres), Douglas could be in for a few exclusive ski lapswith patrol as they prep the mountain to safely open for thepublic. There will be no general public access to the alpineterrain on November 18, as early season conditions still apply.
As much as 35cm of snow expected by Friday andDouglas could experience one of the raging storms that frequent thePeak of Whistler Mountain each winter; frequently clocking winds ofmore than 100km per hour. The EMBEDDED story has only begun.
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CommentsNovember 21, 2011
Whistler Blackcomb has recently announced that WhistlerMountain will be opening this Friday November18th! Opening day has come 6 days early! Blackcomb Mountain will be opening on November 24th.
This is exciting news for all skiers and boarders whoare anticipating the start of the season. Whistlerand Blackcomb Mountains have received more snow over theweekend. The forecast is calling for another storm cycle tohit the mountains on Wednesday. This will bring a predicted35 cms of white gold to the mountains before opening onFriday! The early season ski conditions are going to bephenomenal!
In addition to all the snow that Ullr has beenbringing, the Whistler/Blackcomb snowmaking departmenthave been very busy. The snowmaking team has turned over 50million gallons of water into snow so far this season.
Whistler Mountain will open at 8:30am and close at3pm. You can upload from the Creekside Gondola andthe Whistler Village Gondola. Lifts opening will be EmeraldExpress, Big Red Express, and Franz’s Chair.
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CommentsNovember 14, 2011
Imagine experiencing the thrill and excitement of askeleton slide or bobsleigh ride at the venue of the 2010 WinterOlympic Games. You can now with the Whistler SlidingCentre public sliding programs.
Starting in mid December will be the Skeleton PublicSlide Program and Bobsleigh Public Ride Program. This is the ultimate adventure and an amazing way to experience thefamous course just like the athletes did at the 2010 Winter OlympicGames.
Skeleton Public Slide Program
The Skeleton Public Slide Program will begin on December16. The experience begins with a sport orientation,including helmet fitting, sled positioning, sliding sessionwalk-through, track etiquette, and safety guidelines. The slidestarts at the Maple Leaf start position which is 1/3 of the way upthe track. A track crew member will meet you there to gothrough the final checks before you begin your journey down. Onceyou have been given the green light, a track crew member willsecure your sled as you climb on, releasing you for the run of yourlife!
You will pass through six corners and canexpect to reach 90-100 km/hr by the time you race through thefamous Thunderbird corner at the bottom of the track. You willenter into the uphill outrun and slow to a stop at the juniorfinish. A track crew member will be ready to assist your exitand grab your sled. You will enjoy two skeleton runs beforereturning indoors to Guest Services with your guide and fellowsliders to revel in your shared adrenaline-filled experiences!
The price for the Skeleton Slide is $149 per personwhich includes 2 solo skeleton runs. The tour will beapproximately 2 hours.
Bobsleigh Public Ride Program
Starting on December 22nd will be the publicBobsleigh ride. Your Bobsleigh Ride Experience willbegin with a sport orientation, including helmet fitting, slidingsession walk-through, track etiquette, and safety guidelines. Theride begins at the start position which is 1/2 way up the track. Atrack crew member will meet you there to go through the finalchecks before you begin your journey down the track with two otherfellow participants and a professional pilot. You will passthrough ten corners, and can expect to reach 120-135 km/hr by thetime you race through the famous Thunderbird corner at the bottomof the track. You will enter into the uphill outrun and slow to astop at the finish dock. After the exhilaration of your bobsleighrun, you will return indoors to Guest Services with your guide andfellow sliders to revel in your shared adrenaline-filledexperiences!
The price for the Skeleton Slide is $149 per personwhich includes 1 bobsleigh run with a pilot. The tour will beapproximately 2 hours.
This is a wonderful experience and no prior skeleton orbobsleigh experience is required. All participants must be16 years or older at the time of the experience. Advancebooking is required. If at any time before the experience takesplace, a participant finds that they are not comfortable withparticipating, a refund will be provided. Visit Whistler Sliding Centre forfull program details.
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CommentsNovember 9, 2011
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CommentsNovember 8, 2011
Let it snow, let is snow, let it snow!
Whistler Blackcomb is rapidly getting ready for a greatopening of the 2011-12 ski and snowboard season! Theresort has a planned opening for November 24. As of last week, thebase at Pig Alley (1,650 meters on Whistler Mountain) was at 52centimetres deep and the snow keeps following.
Check out some of the pictures taking on ThursdayNovember 5 from Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains. (Ifthe snow keeping falling the mountains may even opensooner!)
Manny Mendes Dos Santos / CoastPhoto.com (top 2 photos)
Doug MacFarlane (bottom 2 photos)
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CommentsNovember 5, 2011
Lauralee Bowie is a World Champion Freestyle Skier,3-time Canadian National Champion, and former member of theCanadian National Ski Team. Lauralee Bowie SkiAdventures is recognised as one of the top ski instructionalprograms in the world.
Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures has been operating since1984 and offers instructional programs in North America, Japan andArgentina. Guests can choose their preferred resort,date and time and the ski program will be tailored made around yourrequirements.
The philosophy around the ski programs is to “start overand go back to the beginning”. You will be taughtfrom your current skill level, but the focus will be on redefiningand relearning the fundamentals and then advancing fromthere. Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures will take your skiing tothe next level. The teaching style is unique and the resultsare proven. The programs are available for people of all agesand abilities.
This is the typical daily schedule for theprograms:
All ski programs include the use ofindividual radio headsets. The advantage of thissystem is that you are given instant feedback. This “Head toHead Coaching” style keeps coaches in constant contact witheach skier. The goal is for each guest to be able to ski moredifficult terrain and runs they may only have dreamed about.
Lauralee Bowie Ski Adventures are pleased to offerprograms in Whistler. For more information please visit Lauralee Bowie SkiAdventures.