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TELUS WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL IN WHISTLER (2/2)

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival

So here is the last set of photos from the fantastic Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival up in Whistler Blackcomb… these photos are from the last two days we were there: Friday and Saturday the 23rd and 24th.

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On Friday we checked into the “Media and Industry Dream House” that was generously organized by the Whistler Blackcomb PR folks. It was an honour to be invited and we were lucky enough to chill with some fantastic folks: ESPN Sports Editor Mary Fenton and reknowned photographer Mike Yoshida, Snowboard Magazine Editor Chris Owen and Snowboard Canada writer Sarah Tollestrup… Frequency Magazine Editor Colin Wiseman, and Matt/Matt/Jesse from Push.ca. What a blast!

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The house itself was pretty swanky! A huge hot tub on the deck, ski in ski out access during the winter, some huge bedrooms and bathrooms…

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… and not to mention a follow stocked fridge with tons of Kokanee and everything from breakfast to nacho supplies.

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Friday night we headed to the Schick Fashion Exposed Fashion Show at the Whistler Conference Centre.

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Wohooo front row seating!

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It was a fantastic event with tons of companies like Sitka, Gore-tex, Westbeach, Orage, and a number of other local fashion designers. The band “We Are the City” performed throughout the show which I thought was pretty cool.

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My favourite pieces were the apres-ski looks and the lingerie but they did have some very cool outerwear on display too.

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Plus we got to meet up with some friends like Mr. Tyler Ingram (HUGE LENS!), Rebecca, John, and John Biehler.

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Outside the fashion show was a huge art exhibition with contemporary local artists and ski and snowboard companies.

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The next morning we woke up somewhat bright and early to head to Elements for breakfast with the whole gang: Rebecca, me, Keith, Tyler, Shayboarder and friend Carrie, Allan, John Biehler and John Bollwitt.

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Of course I had to order the french toast plus extra meat pile. Breakfast was pretty good, but not as good as it has been in the past at Elements. Not sure why.

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After breakfast a couple of us hit the slopes, and myself, Allan and Tyler Ingram snowboarded on Blackcomb for a couple hours.

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Then we headed over to Whistler to meet up with Shayboarder, Carrie and check out the demo tents.

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Allan tried out a Prior board and then we all went out to board for a couple hours together.

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It was SO awesome to finally snowboard with Shay again after meeting her last year at the TWSSF. I missed her tons and we stayed in touch via Twitter/blogs/emails etc… but it’s nothing like boarding again together in person! Yay! So much fun… she’s an awesome boarder and definitely an inspiration in the snowboarding blog scene.

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Later that night after boarding we went out to Sushi Village for dinner hosted by the awesome Whistler Blackcomb PR team. Thanks Michelle, Amber, Tabetha for having us!

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So much fun with so many awesome peeps. Here are our new friends Steph, Tabetha and Tyler. Thanks Steph for being an awesome house mom!

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Colin from Frequency Magazine was also having an awesome time, not to mention the stagette next door did too. :)

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Dinner could not have been more fun. The sake margaritas were KILLER.

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And to end off the night… we headed to the Grenade Games finale in the Whistler plaza. We got invited up to the Grenade trailer to take photos. It was a bit of a climb in high heeled boots :)

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We got some great photos and met some great people…

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… not to mention an awesome view!

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Sweet!

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Of course, no trip would be complete without some Allan shenanigans…

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… so he managed to grab the official “Grenade” for the Grenade Games and yup… set up some snowboard bonks.

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Geronimo!!!!!!!!!!

TELUS WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL IN WHISTLER (1/2)

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Allan and I just got back from a FANTASTIC extended weekend up at Whistler Blackcomb for the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

Should have picked up our passes yesterday! So much to do @wssf #TWSFF

We were invited by the amazing Whistler Blackcomb media team (thanks Michelle, Tabetha, Amber!) to check out some of the festivities and attend some events. This was our first year attending as “media”.

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We rushed to Whistler Blackcomb after work on Thursday and checked into our hotel for the night — the Coast Hotel Blackcomb Suites (thanks Danny!).

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The hotel had tons of amenities such as a gym, full breakfast room, outdoor pools and hot tub, not to mentioned located right on the side of a run for ski-in ski-out access.

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We loved our room! Super comfy and had a full kitchen too.

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Then, it was off to Araxi Restaurant for a dinner hosted by Cindy of the BC Ministry of Tourism and Breton from Tourism Whistler. Araxi has been one of our favourites restaurants for many years (long before Hell’s Kitchen and the crazy amounts of press it has been getting over the past year or so)… and still is.

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As soon as we arrived I was peer pressured into “sabre-ing” the champagne… my first time ever! It was pretty scary but very cool. I got to use a real sabre to chop off the top of the champagne bottle. Videos to come.

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Araxi is well-known for its seafood, sustainable food, and local and organic cuisine.

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Chef James Walt makes some amazing dishes. He actually lives in Pemberton on a farm and partners with the producers out there to source seasonal foods. The gnocchi and souffle were to die for.

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It was also my first time ever tasting venison… and I loved it. So tender. Allan also loved his lamb.

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For dessert we had the pistachio ice cream covered in chocolate and an apricot cheesecake. Yum. Also to note — it was my first time ever really trying champagne, red wine, white wine and dessert wine. Steve Edwards (restaurant manager and sommelier) gave me tons of information and some really amazing recommendations. I may slowly be starting to be a convert.

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Here’s Michelle, Steve (thanks for all the wine tips!), myself and Cindy.

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The next morning (Friday) we woke up and had a hot breakfast at our hotel.

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Then it was off to Scandinave Spas in Whistler.

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I can’t say enough good things about this place. The eucalyptus steam room (mmmmm), the cold baths, the hot mineral baths and the waterfalls everywhere. We spent about 4 hours here before we were completely shriveled and jello-like, and then it was off to dinner.

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We decided to try the Rimrock Cafe in Whistler (by Creekside) as it was recommended to me by one of my coworkers as her favourite restaurant in BC. The drinks we had were a great start — Allan had some wine and I had a kiwi lime Brazilian caipirinha . My drink was sooooooo good.

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The appetizers were also pretty good… I had the scallop lobster capellini (very delicate… loved it), and Allan had the cariboo medallions (good, but not as good as the venison at Araxi).

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For dinner we had the gnocchi, mushroom risotto with sablefish, and salmon stuffed with crab. I personally thought the gnocchi and the sablefish were pretty good but the mushroom risotto was terrible. Very acidic and not creamy at all — more like a rice pilaf. Would not order again. Allan liked his salmon but thought it was too rich and the crab overpowered the salmon. The dessert was the toffee pudding which was AMAZING. So basically — we would go there for drinks and dessert but probably not dinner again.

Overall… a pretty good couple days in Whistler so far! Next post coming soon with the last few days of the weekend. What did you get up to this past weekend?

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