How To Choose New Ski Boots

If you like to ski, you know the importance of ski boots. As the link between your body and mountain, having the right kind of boots that correspond to the size as well as the shape of your feet are a prerequisite. They don’t just protect your feet and keep them comfortable throughout your day but they play a part in controlling your ski. 

If you are planning on buying new ski boots this winter, here are some key considerations that you must not ignore:

Rigidity Or Flex

The most important factor to consider while buying ski boots is the rigidity of the boot, which is known as the flex. It is determined by the flex index, which is measured on a scale of 60 to 150. While a lower flex index is apt for beginners, more experienced skiers should opt for more rigid boots with a higher flex index. 

The rigidity of your ski boots should correspond to your expertise and experience level, as well as your body shape.  

If you are a beginner, select boots with a flex index between 60 and 90 (for men) and 60 and 70 (for women). If you are on an intermediate level, opt for boots with a flex index between 90 and 110 (for men) and 70 and 90 (for women). If you are on the advanced level, select boots with a flex index of more than 110 (for men) and over 90 (for women). 

The high-level competitors require the stiffest ski boots with a flex level between 140 and 150 as they facilitate the better transmission of power from your legs to the skis. 

Your Style

Go boots shopping, and you will realize that the shops are full of different kinds of boots. Given the popularity of skiing, the boots manufacturers offer an assorted range of boots to suit the tailored needs of the skiers and requirements of different terrains (as well as aesthetics). 

Here’s how you should select the ski boots according to your skiing style:

  • If you always ski on groomed slopes or ski occasionally for leisure, look for comfortable and lightweight boots that are easy on your feet. Don’t buy boots with a flex index of more than 90. 
  • If you ski on groomed slopes at a high level, look for boots with a flex index between 90 and 130 (for men) and 70 and 110 (for women). By the virtue of their high cuff and narrow fit, they offer better control, which is what you need for performance skiing or racing. 
  • If you are into ski touring, look for touring boots that are light in weight. These boots are very flexible and allow you to walk comfortably. 
  • For freeriding, look for free ride boots with around 100 mm width and a straight cuff. The flex index should be between 100 and 120. You will further find different options, such as boots with walk-mode or rubber soles. 
  • For freetouring, buy lightweight boots that work well for climbing, as well as descending. Buy boots with inserts for hybrid bindings or touring pin bindings. 
  • If freestyling is your style, flexible boots with plush cushioning on the heel area are apt for you. Make sure that the width of the boot at the ball of your feet is 100 mm to ensure comfort while skiing. 

Your Size

Selecting a boot that fits your size is essential to have a comfortable skiing experience. The boots should fit your foot exactly. Buy a boot that allows your toes to move freely and doesn’t compress your foot. 

 The length of the ski boot is determined by the Mondo Point or MSS- Metric Sizing System, whereby the size of the boot corresponds to the longest part of your foot, which is measured in centimeters. 

Coming to the width of the ski boot, it is measured across the ball of the foot. Select the width as per the precision you desire. If you are looking for ski boots for competition or need precision, go for narrow boots. Otherwise, buy boots with an average width. 

Having a ski boot with the right length and width ensures comfort and control over the ski. So, do not compromise on the fit. If your measurement is between two sizes, get half a size smaller.

Ski Boot Liners

When it comes to ski boot liners, you will never fall short of options. The majority of boots feature heat-moldable material. The non-moldable liners also offer stability and a good amount of padding. Custom moldable liners adapt to a customized fit with the help of an artificial heat source, whereas thermoformable foam liners get custom fit with the help of the heat of your foot.

Other Considerations

Apart from these basic considerations, several other factors need to be taken while buying ski boots. 

  • If you hike up in the search of untracked powder, invest in boots that allow you to remove the upper shell from the lower boot to facilitate walking in the snow. You can lock the shells while skiing. 
  • If you ski on different terrains, look for boots that allow you to adjust their stiffness as per the kind of skiing. 
  • Do not base your decision on the number of buckles, instead prioritize the fit. Of course, a four-buckle design will allow you to loosen or tighten your boot, but if a three buckle design offers a snug fit, go for it. 
  • If you wish to get a very precise fit, get boots with micro-adjustable buckles that allow you to lengthen or shorten the buckle and adjust the tension between the two settings. 
  • Lastly, to eliminate the chances of calf, shin, or toe-bang, buy boots with added padded features, such as padded tongues, padded heels, padded toes, and padded spoilers. 

Takeaways

Your ski boots can make or break your skiing experience, and hence, make sure you choose the boot wisely. Whether you are a snow bunny or a professional skier, these tips are surely going to help you find the best ski boots. Happy buying. 

2020 COVID-19 Update: Fun & Safety In Whistler

Note: It is important to stay up-to-date with the guidelines put out my the province of British Columbia before making any travel plans.

You will find the current recommendations here.

Welcome The Ski Season In Style! Here’s How You Can Plan Your Fun With Safety For Your Next Skiing Adventure

Fall is bidding farewell and the winter is knocking on our doors. It is the time of the year to ditch the confines of your home, put your ski gear into the trunk of your car, travel to the charming ski resorts of Whistler, and let yourself loose in the gorgeous snow-laden mountains. If the concern for your safety amid the ongoing pandemic situation is hovering over your ski adventure plans, Whistler Blackcomb has made all the provisions for a safe ski season. 

Whistler Blackcomb is putting several safety measures in place so that you can have an adventurous winter with your loved ones. Here’s what we’re doing here. 

Registration system to control the capacity limit

November 26 is going to be a gala day for all you ski lovers as Whistler Blackcomb will set its most anticipated and most loved winter operations in motion. Once again, you will be able to enjoy the high-octane activities, like skiing and boarding in the snow-capped mountains. 

The joy, the fun, the adventure, and the frolic will be the same, except that you will be bound to follow certain rules and regulations to safeguard your safety during this pandemic. 

To manage the capacity limits on the mountains, Whistler Blackcomb has brought in a reservation system, whereby you will have to buy the tickets in advance to reserve your place in the lap of the majestic mountains. You can buy the tickets online

The pass holder reservation system has been designed owing to the norms of social distancing. With fewer people on both the mountains, you will be able to maintain a safe distance from them and enjoy your adventure without having to worry about contracting an infection. The maximum capacity will be governed by factors such as the size of the resorts, weather conditions, operating plans, historic visitation numbers, and local regulations.

Reservations for every day will be needed at every resort. Once you get the pass, you will get the priority access to book your preferred days (up to 7 days). While using your Priority Reservation Days, you can book additional reservations (depending upon the days of access left on your pass). Furthermore, you can make week-off reservations within a week of your ski or ride day. However, it is subject to availability as well as your pass access on that particular day. 

As far as the lift ticket is concerned, once you buy the lift ticket, your reservation for the specific day will be confirmed automatically. 

The online reservations for the Core Season (From Dec 8, 2020  to April 4, 2021) will begin from November 2020 for 2020/21 pass holders. The lift tickets will go on sale on Dec 8, 2020. You will be able to make reservations at epicpass.com or  call. 

If you are a pass holder, you can make multiple reservations in Early Season (subject to availability) depending on capacity and pass access. In the Early Season, you will have the privilege of being the only guests on the mountain, while also getting the opportunity of exclusive access to confirm reservations for the Core Season (Nov 6, 2020 to Dec 7, 2020). 

Whistler Safety Guidelines

Whistler Safety Guidelines

Whistler Blackcomb has created several guidelines to ensure your safety and keep your fun unbesmirched from the current pandemic. 

To ensure that you ski and ride across the mountains peacefully, Whistler Blackcomb has mandated wearing face coverings in the mountain, resort, lift lines, lift, and gondolas. Further, only the guests skiing or riding together will be allowed to sit together on chair lifts and gondolas.

A four-person lift will carry two singles seated on opposite sides and a six-person lift will carry two doubles seated on the opposite sides. Only two people will be allowed in gondola cabins. 

Norms on similar lines will be followed to ensure proper physical distancing in ski and ride schools and on-mountain dining and recreational outlets. 

By following these guidelines, you will ensure yours and your loved ones’ safety without compromising on fun. 

Welcome To Whistler

We’ve prepared, and now we look forward to welcoming you to Whistler.

Book your room, and reserve your days on the mountain early to guarantee the spot you want, and the vacation you deserve.

Q&A w/ Canadian National BBQ Championships’ Helluva “Q”

bbqWR: Your name, Helluva “Q”, seems like it must have a story behind it, would you care to share?

Helluva Q: No story, just sitting around having a few beers and running through a bunch of names and making sure it wasn’t already being used it project plan.

WR: How long have you been BBQing and how did you get started?

Helluva Q: Started 10 years ago with our friend Kevin Lunn who went into Well Seasoned Store and saw a BBQ class and found out about one in Whistler. He went and then we competed.

WR: What sparked your team’s interest in competing in Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships ?

Helluva Q: Just the fun of the people

WR: Helluva “Q” is competing in the Canadian National BBQ Championships in Whistler, BC. Will you be competing anywhere else this year?

Helluva Q: Just a couple this year. We were at the Red Barn Burner in Chilliwack. Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ, McKinley Springs Vinyard and Mount Lake Terrace.

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Canadian National BBQ Championships at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ.

WR: What is your top five must have ingredients for BBQ?

Helluva Q: Spices, mustard, Charcoal, Meat and Tequila.

WR: A lot of BBQ gurus swear by their secret ingredient, do you have one?

Helluva Q: If we tell you if wouldn’t be a secret.

WR: If you could only BBQ one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Helluva Q: Burgers.

WR: What advice would you give to somebody who wants to begin competing in BBQ?

WR: Stick with it. The teams are great and there is always help.

The best of the best BBQ pit masters will be going head to head at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ in the Creekside area of beautiful Whistler, BC.
Starts: 07/31/2015 5:30PM
Ends: 08/02/2015 4:30PM
Dusty’s Bar & BBQ
P.O. Box: 2040 London Lane
Whistler, BC
V0N 1B2
Canada

Preparing for Alpine Backpacking: Staying Safe in the Backcountry

Backpacking is a great way to connect with nature, get some exercise, and explore the backcountry. Alpine backpacking is rewarding but also a challenging adventure. Before you hit the trail, make sure you’re properly prepared so that you can enjoy your hike and make it back safely.

Destinations and Directions

Choose your hiking trail and destination carefully; be sure to select a hike that fits your physical abilities and your experience level. For their first time out, beginners should consider a one-night trip and stick to well-traveled trails. Be sure you know where you’re going, map the trail ahead of time, and know the average distance you can hike each day.

Share your plans and itinerary with someone not joining you, so if you don’t return on time search teams will know where to look. Before you go, check with forest rangers or anyone else who knows the area well; they should know who is in the backcountry at any given time and can provide current information on trail conditions and fire danger levels.

Physical Preparation for Hiking

Backpacking isn’t a simple walk in the woods. It requires a greater level of physical fitness due to the heavy pack you carry and potentially difficult terrain you navigate. Shorter training hikes are a good way to prepare your body for the rigors of hiking. It’s also important to get regular exercise to strengthen your muscles so that you can handle the weight of your pack without straining your back look at this now. Both strength training and cardiovascular training for endurance are vital to getting your body ready to take a backpacking trip.

Choosing the Right Gear

A good backpacking trip depends on packing the right things so that you’re not carrying too much yet aren’t without the basic essentials. Make sure your pack contains these main essentials at minimum:

  • A map and compass for navigation
  • A first aid kit
  • A source of light – flashlight, headlamp, lantern, with extra batteries
  • Sun protection
  • Extra clothing for layers to keep your body temperature level
  • A foolproof method of starting a fire
  • Food and water – enough for more days than you anticipate in case of emergency
  • Basic tools including a knife
  • Some form of shelter

Certainly you can bring some luxuries along on your backpacking trip, but it’s important to pack a bag that has everything you need without making it too heavy. Start with the basics, then add extras if there is space and you can handle the extra weight.

Gear is only as useful as your knowledge of how to use it. Practice starting a fire, using your tools, and take a first aid course before you go so that you will be ready to respond to any need.

Getting Ready to Go

Dressing in layers is the best way to handle a backpacking trip. Choose lightweight fabrics that keep moisture away from the body, and be sure to have a waterproof top layer in case of rain or other inclement weather. Wear proper footwear, including sturdy shoes and socks that will keep moisture off your feet and prevent blisters.

Pack your backpack carefully to create a balanced load and easy access to the items you will need most frequently. Getting your pack on requires a cautious approach to avoid back injury. The simplest way is to have someone lift it for you from behind so that you can slip your arms into the straps. If you don’t have assistance, lower yourself to the pack and stand up carefully, making sure to put the weight on your legs and not strain your back.

Kuba Oms | Squamish Valley Music Festival

The Squamish Valley Music Festival starts today! To kick off the event we have another great interview with the very talented artist Kuba Oms. For more information about his appearance, please visit the official site.guy

How did you get started in music?
Singing around bonfires in high school. A bunch I my buddies had a hot band and I got the music bug from them.

Tell us a bit about the new album ADHD:
I realized during the recording of the album that I do indeed have ADHD. It explains a lot about my life and it is reflected in the recordings.

What inspires your musical process?
Life experience. We all go through so many ups and downs and I find it therapeutic to put my stories into song.

What’s more fun: small shows or festivals?
Festivals! No brainier.

Tell us about the best show you’ve ever played:
We opened for the Chemical Brothers and DJ Shadow a while back – that was a special show for us:)

Hannah Epperson | Squamish Valley Music Festival



Hannah Epperson

The Squamish Valley Music Festival is fast approaching. It’s one of the summer’s most popular events in BC. With an all start line-up featuring the likes of Eminem, Bruno Mars and The Roots to name just a few, we’re also seeing a commendable amount Canadiana throughout the festival. While some of the larger Canadian acts include Juno award winners Serena Ryder, Sam Roberts, and A Tribe Called Red, there’s a few lesser know acts that can ‘t be missed. Enter the sweet sounds of violinist and loop artists, Hannah Epperson.

Hannah is an amazing musician originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, but has made Vancouver her home since 2002. I doesn’t take much to see that she is incredibly intelligent, well spoken, witty,  and one heck of a musician. Her style is described as orchestral folk but much like the her counterparts in the industry, Andrew Bird and Owen Pallett, her music can’t be put into one particular music style box.

How did you get started in music?
I had the great fortune of growing up with a slew of musical brothers (3 older ones, to be precise) and parents with musical priorities.  I took up the violin in kindergarten because the cello was already taken (my brother Nicholas had already proved his mastery of the instrument) and my parents vetoed the flute (they were both concerned about the repertoire I would get stuck with as a flutist). From there, music somehow always managed to have social relevance in my life, in and between all the dizzying hormonal shifts and geographic relocations when I was growing up.  I feel very lucky to have had the support to stick with it through all the turbulence.

Do you have any advice for those trying to learn the violin?
Violin is notoriously gnarly to learn. I think a poorly played violin can truly issue some of the most soul crushing frequencies known to man or woman, which can be a real turn off when you’re at the beginning of the learning curve.  I think the most important thing to hold on to when you’re learning anything is your sense of humour.  Making mistakes seems to get harder to bear as we get older. We get proud and impatient, we come to expect that mistakes and mishaps are things you grow out of. If you think about it, mistakes are what we grow out of… it is from our mistakes that we can ever hope to grow and evolve and take shape.  That’s a great thing to remember when you commit to learning something new.
Technically, I would pass along the advice to always keep a relaxed right hand.  Perhaps the hardest aspect of playing violin is mastering the bow! In my opinion, the best performances come from an expressive, dancing right hand.

What drew you to looping?
I stumbled into the looping world quite by accident.  My parents gifted my brother a looping pedal, which he never ended up using, so I tried it out in the basement one lazy summer night. I very quickly found myself revelling in the freedom of orchestrating multi-layered pieces without the logistical and emotional challenges of delegating musical parts to other players.  Looping can feel very safe, because it is a compositional process often carried out in isolation and without the pressure or judgement of other players.  For this reason, I think it can be a really liberating technology.

What inspires your  musical process: nature, observation, personal experiences?
Music as a process has often seemed to be a spontaneous brimming-over of something that exceeds me, but which has somehow been metabolised through me. I think a lot of artists experience this feeling of being a vessel which creative expression moves through. So it’s hard to pinpoint where or how or what inspires a song or a piece of visual art or a dance piece. And so too can it feel difficult to take responsibility for something that doesn’t seem to be your own. I would say that the musical process, for me anyway, emerges quite spontaneously as an emotive synthesis of those things which move or stir me, which can be anything – a bird song, a newspaper clip, a shadow on the floor, politics, anatomy.

Do you have any musical collaborations coming up that you’re looking forward to?
Collaborations galore!  I recently finished producing, writing, recording and mixing a full length album alongside Cayne McKenzie (of We Are The City) for spoken word artist Shane Koyczan. There is no release date to share yet, but I’m tremendously excited to share that project when the time comes.  Also, I have started working more and more closely with LA-based producer and musician Ajay Bhattacharyya (aka STINT) on material for a new album and a series of singles, as well as developing a meatier live show.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with the direction we are taking.

What’s more fun: small shows or festivals?
Unfair question, and impossible to answer!  Festivals are terrific if you let your guard down and participate in them, which I find many artists are not so inclined to do.  The intimacy of small shows is often where the magic is, because there is a real opportunity to connect with people. It all really depends on the combined energy that everyone brings to a space, so small shows and festivals alike can be the best or the worst.

You seem to have a pretty active touring schedule, does is it ever get tiring being on the road so much?
Having just returned from two months on the road, I can certainly say that touring life can become treacherously draining. I take great joy in mundane rituals, because they are often the only thing stable enough in my world to ground me.  Waking up in my own bed, whisking matcha in my favourite ceramic cup in a morning glow specific to my studio, watering my plants, holding my friends hands on long walks and gossiping about whatever … these are all things I miss sorely on tour.  But touring is wonderful, whimsical, enriching and so inspiring, so I come to miss the touring life too after a while.  That seems to be a concise analogy for the ebbs and flows of life in general, I suppose.

What do you love most about the west coast?
Water!  The tap water is absolutely extraordinary here, and the ocean is so unbelievable. Water is a truly mystical substance, and we are very lucky to have so much of it where we live.

For more information about Hannah check out her:

Website: http://hannahepperson.ca/

Bandcamp: http://hannahepperson.bandcamp.com/

5 Tips for Driving to the Squamish Valley Music Festival

This year’s Squamish Valley Music Festival is set to be a huge, incredible event, with approximately 35,000 people expected to attend. The majority of these visitors will arrive by car, which can mean traffic jams and long waits. Make the most of your trip to the festival, and spend less time in your car with these five tips.

  1. Go Early, Stay Longer. Arriving in the area a day or two early will ensure you miss the worst of the traffic. It will also allow a little extra time to relax and prepare for the festival itself by stocking up on supplies and exploring the area. The same applies to heading home after the festival. Stay another day to avoid the mass exodus leaving the area at festival’s end.
  2. Carpool. The fewer cars you are trying to get to the festival, the easier it will be. Gather a group of friends planning to go and take a single vehicle. Fewer cars means less traffic, and it also means you’ll pay less in parking fees at the festival.
  3. Arrive from the North. The vast majority of the traffic heading into the Squamish area will be coming from the south, heading up from the Vancouver area and other southern cities. Combine this tip with the first tip and check into a Whistler hotel a day before the festival. You can then head south from Whistler to the events and miss the major traffic coming from the south.
  4. Park and Ride. If you’re driving up and staying the weekend in Whistler, leave your car at the hotel and take the shuttle into the festival grounds. Shuttles are available for a fee and will drop you at the festival and take you right back to your hotel at the end of the day. You’ll fight less traffic and let someone else navigate the roads. Shuttles are also available directly from Vancouver.
  5. Camp at the Festival. Campers get reduced parking fees and won’t have to drive anywhere once they arrive. Settle into your campsite and walk to the festival daily. You can leave your car in a secure parking area and not worry about it.

Squamish Valley Music Festival – Where to Stay

The Squamish Valley Music Festival is among Western Canada’s largest music festivals and draws thousands of visitors project management steps. Many people will choose to stay in the area during the weekend-long event, and there are several options available for lodging. Wherever you choose to stay, be sure to book early.

Staying in Squamish

Squamish is a small town offering limited selection for lodging. While hotels here are closest to the festival, they will sell out quickly and may be difficult to book. There are a few large hotels in town that are close to the festival. There is also a small selection of motels and bed and breakfast options. Those looking for a more private stay can look to rental cabins and vacation rentals in the area.

Staying in Whistler

Thirty minutes to the north of Squamish, Whistler is a convenient location from which to attend the festival. The hotel options are more numerous here, and with the ski season long past, accommodation is easier to find. Whistler also has a great selection of cabins and vacation rentals and even offers a vibrant nightlife. Shuttles run to and from the festival to make accessing the events easier for those who choose not to drive. If you do drive, heading south from Whistler each day gives you the advantage of avoiding the major traffic jams coming from south of Squamish.

Attending from Vancouver

Vancouver is approximately 45 minutes south of Squamish, but you can expect the drive to be longer in festival traffic. This major city offers a very large selection of accommodations in all budget ranges. Shuttles also run between Squamish and Vancouver during the festival.

Camping at the Festival

The closest place to stay for the festival is right on site. Four different campgrounds are available to choose from, all walking distance from the festival grounds. The options include premium camping and a Quiet/Family campground with a noise curfew. This year’s camping options have been expanded due to the large turnout expected for the festival, but sites are expected to book quickly.

WinterPRIDE 2014

Whistler is known internationally for major events, and for the last 20 years WinterPRIDE has successfully become the celebration of the LGBTQ community. This year top performing artists from around the globe team up with local talent to bring the very best to Whistler’s entertainment scene. Thanks to gaywhistler.com, we have provided you with a list of some of the best indoor and outdoor adventures this alpine resort town has to offer.

January 25: The kickoff party of the century, “Glitter” comes to Vancouver’s Club FIVESIXTY. This downtown club showcases international Mixologist DJ Paulo who is known for Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and headlined for Ibiza. He’s voted as 2011’s DJ/producer/mixer of the year by Just Circuit. Added to the mix is local phenomenon DJ Quest throwing his spin on the turntable scratching some mad sounds bringing the seven day festivities to a start. Doors Open at 10pm.

January 26: If it’s your first time visiting WinterPRIDE head over to Garfinkel’s Whistler. Between 9:00pm and 1:00am the WinterPRIDE team will be there to answer any questions and give some tips for new pride adventure seekers as well as share their wild stories from WinterPRIDE’s past project planning steps.

January 27: You can’t travel all the way to the most beautiful mountain ranges in North America without the chance to go play on them. At 10:00 am join WinterPRIDE’s professional Ski Guides as they take you into our breathtaking backcountry to explore some of the best groomed runs. If this is your first time visiting our Alpine heaven then you have to take advantage of this outing.

January 27: After your alpine adventure at 3:00pm, head over to Buffalo Bills for Après Ski with DJ Gritty Bumps. This afternoon party will rev your appetite while preparing your pallet for a whole lot of food, music and dance.

January 27: End the night at Maxx Fish and experience “Mix and Mingle” at 9:00pm. This fun venue will delight you with drinks, games and a whole lot of fun. DJ Joni T has been slinging some of the best beats up on the mountain and definitely delivers the best atmosphere.

January 28: Garibaldi Lift Co brings you DJ Kori. K. This well-travelled DJ has brought the party to 5 different continents and 14 countries. This home town boy, known for his Smirnoff House Party at the GLC, knows how to bring the house down.

January 28: Buffalo Bill’s is rounding up all the wranglers for the Cowboy and Cowgirls Party. This wild night presents the Timberline Dance Troupe and bronco busting DJ Billy The Kid. Get ready to ride your steed into the party with the Mr. Gay Canada delegates. MGC delegates are known to travel internationally with their outreach and education but tonight they are here to make the west one.

January 29: It’s been a wild four days and it’s time to revitalize the system with the SuperFly Zipline. The Adventure Group Whistler will zip you through winter wonderland over the longest zip line of over 1500 feet in length at 400 feet in height. Don’t worry you don’t have to ride this alone TAG is one of the very few zip-lines that let you and your partner ride side by side.

January 30: Join TAG Whistler once again with their Trailblazer Fresh Tracks Tour. Wake up to fast paced fearless adventure where experienced guides will take you to places in wild whistler that not many get to see. Once up the mountain TAG treats you to a pleasant break by treating everyone to a warm beverage and snack in their backcountry yurts. This ride books fast; speed over and make your reservations today.

January 30: It’s the 6th annual Mr. Gay Canada Finale and Fashion Show. For many, this is a chance in a lifetime to represent the country in international competitions. It all begins with a vibrant high end fashion show where the competitors place their talents on the catwalk dressed in everything from formal to fabulous. That’s not all; special acts like Australian Idol sensation Courtney ACT and New Zealand’s Got Talent Chris Olwage performing his legendary “Black Swan”.

http://youtu.be/orv4Pee-Qrw BLACK SWAN

January 31: Ferocious – Military Ball will dress your night in uniform. Dress like your favourite army or police hero strap on the leather and get ready to dance. Vancouver’s own Nick Bertossi will blast you off your feet and on to the dance floor. Nick’s high-energy sound blasts into the crowd for a guaranteed good time. Whistler Conference Centre 9pm – 2am

February 1: It’s the last night and the Vancouver Dyke March Festival Society is ready to start the night just right. Two of Vancouver’s leading DJs will be headlining this Grand finale. DJ Kasey Riot rules bass with an amazing talent with mixing House and Electro and fusing them at the core. She dropped sets at many popular events including Burning Man and Afterglow.

Lisa Delux is influenced by Hip Hop, Dubstep, Funk and Breakbeat and is a master of knitting up her own mashups and remixes. This DJ is not only a producer of music but also teaches fresh DJs the ropes at “The School of Remix”.
Garibaldi Lift Co @ 9:00pm -2:00 am

February 1: Don’t fret the partying isn’t over yet! Gaywhistler.com wants to make sure every bit of energy goes into celebrating. This is extreme mountain partying that entertains into the wee hours. “Snowball” is the grand slam of all celebrations with go-go dancers and two top elite DJs.

DJ Ivan Gomez from Barcelona brings heat to the winter mountains. Gomez made his mark in the industry globe-trotting with his appreciation of Tribal, Progressive, Tech House and Underground. His trademark sound delivers endless live mashups and original productions. If Ivan’s groove doesn’t melt the snow then more likely your dancing will.

DJ Phil B originally from London, United Kingdom now lives in San Francisco and headlines parties such as White Party Palm Springs, Folsom Street Party, MASS and Aftershock only to name a few. Phil has released critically acclaimed CDs and not to mention opening for acts such as Jon Digweed. His unmistakable sound will move until the morning sun.

We would like to congratulate Dean Nelson and the WinterPRIDE team for their hard work and dedication to bringing such an extravagant festivity to Whistler, BC year after year. Their talented professionalism has placed Whistler on the map as the top LGBTQ friendly resort community and also created an international community.

Make sure to go to gaywhistler.com for complete scheduling and information or eventbrite.ca to purchase tickets online.

Top 5 Dinning Experiences in Whistler BC 2013

Whistler BC is known for its gorgeous natural surroundings and its growing savoir faire for gastronomy. Many of the locally owned restaurants take a conscious effort to only produce organically sustainable food choices. We compiled some of the best restaurants that not only cater to an exquisite palette but also an impeccable dining experience.

Our Top 5 2013 Must-Visit Restaurants

Rim Rock Café is quality and fine dining when looking for epicurean delight. Best known for its award winning fish and game many locals and visitors return time after time for its deep mouthwatering flavors. These ingredients are carefully picked and the delicious dishes created with care by Chef and owner, Rolf Gunther, whose impressive culinary history has been enjoyed as far away as Switzerland. Dining experience goes hand in hand with the food and nobody knows best than Rim Rock’s manager, Bob Dawson who ensures that every visit is as enjoyable as the food.

Barefoot Bistro is an exceptional place that offers local ingredients with an international twist. Your senses will be brought to life with vivid colors and aromatic fragrances. Executive Chef Melissa Craig creates the most intrinsic dishes paired with the deepest flavors. She carefully considers each ingredient before plating this delectable international cuisine visit this web-site. The bistro is well known for the Belvedere Ice room that is set at a crisp -32c and houses over 50 different Vodkas cooling on thick ice shelves. Live music and entertainment accentuate the warm welcome of this delightful dining experience.

Creekbread is new to the neighborhood but has made a great impact on the locals. They take pride in organic local community farming and have an easily accessible menu for all people. Warm wood fires in a handmade clay oven bake mouthwatering pizzas from hand crafted, flatbread dough. Owners George Schenk and Jay Gould wanted to create a restaurant that is authentic, truthful and real, that also truly reconnects people to nature. This place has definitely done so and it shines throughout.

La Bocca prides itself on the fresh and ethically certified seafood and meats. As partners in the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program, they only produce dishes that have been sustainably selected with interest in fresh locally sourced products. The produce is handpicked from North Arm farm only a short drive north from the restaurant itself. With their ethical inspiration come many dishes that will not only keep you coming back for more but your taste buds will be praising any choice you make.

Splitz Grill is all about burgers, burgers and more burgers. Splitz is another business committed to organically sourced products. From Saltspring Island lamb to free range buffalo and turkey are just a few of the top notch ingredients that make this burger joint one to visit. This place doesn’t just cater to the carnivore but also the traveling vegetarian with their famous Spicy Lentil Burger. Your choice of toppings and loaded extras make sure nothing is left out of the flavor arena.