Whistler Presents: A Winter Kick-off Weekend Nov. 22-25

Working with resort partners, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) will help kick off the winter season and celebrate the opening of Whistler Blackcomb with a full line-up of activities from November 22 to 25, 2012.  Along with the skiing and riding, guests and residents can join the fun over the weekend with fireworks, Whistler’s original artisan market, Bizarre Bazaar, free Whistler Street Entertainment, the Viessmann IBSF World Cup Bobsleigh and Skeleton Whistler, and a ticketed musical performance with David Myles and Ali Milner.

On Saturday, November 24, enthusiastic snow fans and American visitors here for US Thanksgiving can meet at the base of the mountain at Skier’s Plaza at 7 p.m. to catch a special display of fireworks, marking the start of an epic winter season.

“The Winter Kick-Off weekend is a great way to start the winter season,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.  “There is something for everyone with concerts, street entertainment, fireworks, and Bizarre Bazaar, in addition to the excitement of the start of the ski and snowboard season.  With this combination of performing and visual arts, one-of-a-kind shopping, and mountain sports, we have all of the ingredients for a perfect Whistler winter opening weekend.”

Also on November 24 unique holiday gifts can be found at Whistler’s Bizarre Bazaar, featuring more than 100 B.C. artisans.  Produced by the Whistler Arts Council and located at the Whistler Conference Centre, Bizarre Bazaar is open on November 24 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This two-day market features innovative paper goods, food, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, Christmas décor and much more.  New this year the Whistler Arts Council welcomes Bratz Biz, featuring Whistler’s youngest artisans.

On November 23 and 24 the Whistler Sliding Centre is home to the Viessmann IBSF World Cup Bobsleigh and Skeleton Whistler competition. Tickets are available at the Visitor Information Centre, located in Whistler Village.  There will be a special fireworks display at the Whistler Sliding Centre on November 23 at 9 p.m.

The Whistler Arts Council’s Performance Series will feature Brazilian-African inspired musician David Myles and Whistler native singer-songwriter Ali Milner on November 24 at 8 p.m. at Millennium Place.  David’s rhythms and instrumentation and Ali’s blend of R&B pop with old-soul jazz and rock’n roll are sure to make for a truly musical evening.  Tickets are available at Millennium Place.

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The RMOW is also busy with upcoming Whistler Presents programming including the Whistler Holiday Experience (December 21 – January 6) and New Year’s Eve (NYE) Celebration on December 31. The NYE Celebration includes family-friendly festivities from indoor parties (including a Youth Dance), a kid’s countdown, skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza, and the Whistler Blackcomb Fire & Ice show, to a Village Square dance celebration topped off with a dazzling fireworks display at midnight. Visit www.whistler.ca/nye for details. Advanced tickets go on sale starting November 22 at www.whistler.com or can be picked-up at Millennium Place, the Visitor Information Centre, or Meadow Park Sports Centre.

The variety of early season programming is produced and supported by various resort partners including the Whistler Arts Council, Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Sport Legacies, Tourism Whistler and the RMOW.

Accommodation packages

Visit www.whistler.com to book your Winter Kick-off package.

 Background on RMOW Festivals, Events & Animation

The RMOW launched a significantly enhanced Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program in the summer of 2011 to coincide with the opening of Whistler Olympic Plaza.  The program and venue provide the platform for animation to set Whistler apart and build on the momentum of the 2010 Winter Games and other successful value-added Whistler festivals and events.  The Whistler Presents FEA program is funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), with the goal of attracting visitors to Whistler, while working in partnership with Tourism Whistler to promote the programming and associated accommodation packages through various media and communication channels.  The FE&A program is planned through the work of the FE&A Working Group, comprised of eight community stakeholder organizations and FE&A Oversight Committee, and overseen by the FE&A Oversight Committee.

About the Resort Municipality of Whistler

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is Whistler’s local government led by an elected council and administered by an executive team and staff on behalf of 9,824 residents and two million annual visitors. The RMOW manages municipal planning and development, park and Village operations, sports facilities and recreation, public utilities and environmental services, bylaws and enforcement, fire rescue, fiscal planning and financial services, legislative services, human resources, communications and the administration of the Whistler2020 Comprehensive Sustainability Plan and Whistler’s Official Community Plan. The RMOW collaborates with in-resort and external partners to create visitor experiences and enrich community life.

Whistler’s vision is to be the premier mountain resort community as it moves toward sustainability. Whistler was the proud Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.