Last week we held the grand opening of our new skiing exhibit, The Evolution of Skiing, at the Whistler Museum and now our doors are open wide to the public.
We had a great response to the new exhibit and about 100 people came to check it out on Nov. 28. All of our visitors since then have been enjoying our new ski-cabin theme and there are people taking a “ride” in Whistler’s original gondola as I type this.
Thank you once again to the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation for providing the funding for the new exhibit, without which we could not have made such significant changes. Thanks also to Nester’s Market, who donated the yummy party trays that were quickly devoured by the crowds.
To celebrate our reopening the Museum is holding a slew of events on all things ski related. This Sunday (Dec. 8) the museum is teaming up with the Whistler Film Festival to present “Mountain Film: Celebrating Whistler’s Rich Ski & Snowboard Filmmaking Heritage.”
Home to legendary terrain, prodigious snowpacks (most years, anyway), and a uniquely creative and motivated collection of mountain-folk, Whistler has been a global epicentre for ski and snowboard filmmaking for close to three decades. The sheer amount of snow-riding bliss and wizardry that has been captured on film in our mountains and purveyed around the globe has played a huge role in Whistler’s rise as one of North America’s pre-eminent mountain towns.
Celebrating three decades of Whistler's ski and snowboard filmmaking heritage, Whistler’s snow-film industry icons will share behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most memorable moments ever captured on snow. The evening’s presenters include area filmmakers Garry Pendygrasse, Christian Begin, Ace Mackay-Smith, Feet Banks and the team at Switchback Entertainment, who represent several lifetimes worth of experience on-location, behind the lens and in the editing room, and have no shortage of entertaining and enlightening tales to share.
The event will be held at the Museum at Sunday Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be bought through the Whistler Film Festival website.
Sarah Drewery is the executive director of the Whistler Museum.