Whistler has two new heirs to the #MostStoked throne, as David Lewis, 35, and Josephine Christensen, 20, were awarded trophies acknowledging their “stoke-liness” last Tuesday (April 7).
This was the second year the Whistler Chamber of Commerce held the #MostStoked contest via Instagram to find two of Whistler’s best ambassadors. “I think we almost doubled our submissions this year for the Instagram contest; which is great because I think we hit a nerve in a good way — people want to let their stoke out,” said Val Litwin, CEO of the Whistler Chamber. “I think at the end of the day it’s a simple competition, it’s about rewarding the spirit of the people in this place. Whistler is nothing if not stoked.”
The winners were presented with a prize pack including activities from Whistler Experience providers and tickets to every event at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival this week. They each also received a 2015 Most Stoked trophy, which, along with being proudly displayed at home, may also be used to consume a few cocktails after hours.
Lewis, a realtor and creative director of Matador studios, stepped up his game for the contest, devoting hours to not only getting unique shots across the Whistler area, but also making animated films for his submissions.
“It sounds cheesy, but I seriously am actually stoked about the lifestyle here. I’ve decided to make my life here and live here with basically no end date in mind,” said Lewis, who moved here in November 2013. “It allows me to not only feel really excited and stoked within in my own life, but I love kind of sharing Whistler with other people. I love showing guests little secret spots or telling them about cool little things you can do or finding great stashes of snow on the mountain or whatever it might be… Because for a lot of people that live here that’s something that is in all of us, but there’s not really a forum for that, so the fact that the chamber put this on is super cool.”
Lewis also created a giant version of the contest sticker at the UPS store so it could be more visible in his pictures.
Christensen, who works at Raven’s Nest, the new vegan restaurant on Whistler Mountain, only came to Whistler from Denmark back in late November. Once she saw the contest signs around town, it became something she wanted to do to show how excited she was to be in town.
“I’m just so happy all the time and I’m pretty stoked about everyone here in Whistler,” she said. “I’m stoked to be here, I’m stoked to be together with all the people here… I kept on trying stuff and I kept pushing myself and pushing others. I just kept living the Whistler dream and enjoying every moment you live here.”
Neither one of them has plans to give up the title next year; but no matter what each plans to continue spreading their stoke throughout Whistler.
“I want to make sure that I win this thing every year,” said Lewis. “Obviously the prizes are cool, but the more I did it I realized it’s such a fantastic way for the people of Whistler to communicate their own personal approach to being stoked on living in Whistler. Next year with more time to prepare I’ll be more aggressive with it.”