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.
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!
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…
… and not to mention a follow stocked fridge with tons of Kokanee and everything from breakfast to nacho supplies.
Friday night we headed to the Schick Fashion Exposed Fashion Show at the Whistler Conference Centre.
Wohooo front row seating!
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.
My favourite pieces were the apres-ski looks and the lingerie but they did have some very cool outerwear on display too.
Outside the fashion show was a huge art exhibition with contemporary local artists and ski and snowboard companies.
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.
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.
After breakfast a couple of us hit the slopes, and myself, Allan and Tyler Ingram snowboarded on Blackcomb for a couple hours.
Then we headed over to Whistler to meet up with Shayboarder, Carrie and check out the demo tents.
Allan tried out a Prior board and then we all went out to board for a couple hours together.
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.
Colin from Frequency Magazine was also having an awesome time, not to mention the stagette next door did too.
Dinner could not have been more fun. The sake margaritas were KILLER.
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
We got some great photos and met some great people…
… not to mention an awesome view!
Of course, no trip would be complete without some Allan shenanigans…
… so he managed to grab the official “Grenade” for the Grenade Games and yup… set up some snowboard bonks.