The TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival returns once again to Whistler Blackcomb for the spring bash loaded with music, arts, entertainment, and winter sports. This year, the 10-day event running April 15-24 has added a new component with an extreme sports filmmaking competition.

A new Intersection event has been added to the festival, pitting six film crews against each other to shoot, edit, and produce a an extreme sports short film in seven days. The 5- to 7-minute films must feature a skier and a snowboarder with at least 30 seconds of park footage and 30 seconds of in-bounds terrain. Teams will vie for the $15,000 Best of Show prize in front of an audience of 1,800 in the Whistler Conference Centre April 20. Tickets cost $15.

Other returning events feature art, music, film, photography, and mountain sports. But what the festival is all about is the snow: Snowboarding shows include the Mogul Mash, Monster Boarder Style and Style Cross, and Dustin Craven's Fun Pipe Jam while the World Skiing Invitational plucks out the best in slopestyle, superpipe, and big air. Off the snow outdoor concerts rock the village daily, and the after dark entertainment packs each night with shows that include fashion, art, film, theater, and photography.

Most of the festival events are free, except for tickets for special evening events. They run $10-35, depending on the event, and are available now online.

The resort has put together special lodging packages for the festival. Two-, three-, and four-night packages are available with lift tickets included. Most of the packages require a 72-hour advance purchase.

More information. Or call 888-600-6610.


Whistler WSSF 2010 0outdoor concert (mikecrane)

Free outdoor concerts in Whistler Village are part of the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April at Whistler Blackcomb. Photo: Mike Crane Photography.