The 17th annual TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival just wrapped up 10 days at Whistler Blackcomb. A nonstop calendar of skiing, snowboarding, competitions, parties, music, film and art drew crowds for the annual end-of-season event.
Celebrating mountain culture is just as important as ripping up the slopes during the festival. Two filmmaker competitions are shot entirely during the festival, and their efforts perhaps offer a lingering way for you to experience a snippet of the festival.
The Intersection launched its second year of festival competition with the seven-day film contest requiring that 75 percent be shot on snow. For the second year, Voleurz walked away with the $15,000 top prize. Their submission—The Science of Airborning-- delivered a spoof on the snowboard film The Art of Flight:
This year, the 72-Hour Filmmaker Showdown drew 30 entrants. Judges narrowed the field to the top 10 videos, which played to a sell-out crowd of 1,400 people. Outdun Productions from Whistler won the $10,000 Best of Show prize with their film Zero. Check it out here:
The People’s Choice Award for the 72-Hour Filmmaker Showdown went for humor. A trio of filmmakers told the story of Skip, who decided to leave slopestyle skiing for a more neon retro approach. Check out Skip’s adventure:
On the competition end, the slopes heated up with action that delivered impressive tricks and thrilling finales.
The Shred Show by Monster Energy featured TTR World Tour competitions with some upset finishes. Darcy Sharpe, a 16-year-old rider from Whistler, snagged the $15,000 grand prize money in the Big Hip and Slopestyle, throwing a Frontside 10 Double Mute, Backside 7 and Backside 9. The Boarderstyle, a cross between boardercross and slopestyle, entered the final round with Terje Haakonsen running ahead of the pack, but Will Jackways jumped ahead with a Back 5.
The World Skiing Invitational and AFP World Championships brought out thousands of spectators. Gus Kenworthy from the U.S. and Emma Dahlstron from Sweden clinched the Big Air titles. Kenworthy also nabbed the Slopestyle prize along with Australia’s Anna Segal. Canadian Mike Riddle and American Maddie Bowman won the Superpipe.
To see more videos from this year’s TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival, go here.