After an exciting ten days of non-stop parties, music, sports, film and photos Whistler’s 2013 World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) has come to an end. The 2013 festival proved to be the most entertaining festival to date.
Conrad Schapansky’s film Katch-Up earned Best In Show at the original screening of the Olympus 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown. Angie Nolan, Whistler’s sweetheart was voted People’s Choice and awarded $1,000 as the crowd favorite for her film Adventures in Loonie Land, which spoofed modern reality TV and Canadian culture.
The Monster Energy Shred Show snowboard events began with the Boarderstyle competition in the Blackcomb Mountain Terrain Park. The Boarderstyle event is a combination of the Boardercross and Slopestyle disciplines and includes a mandatory spin on the final feature. Whistler local Jon Versteeg won first place followed by Kevin Sansalone in second and Myrosha Daley in third.
Once Boarderstyle completed it was on to the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown. Five of the top action sport photographers, Andy Wright, Bryan Ralph, Chris Burkard, Darcy Bacha and Oskar Enander competed for the Best In Show title and the $10,000 grand prize. Andy Wright won the competition with his slideshow featuring urban and big mountain snowboarding. Chris Burkard, California-based surf photographer took home the People’s Choice $1,000 prize with his cold-water surf slideshow.
Monster Energy’s Shred Show continued on Friday with the World Snowboard Tour Slopestyle finals on Blackcomb Mountain’s Terrain Park. Norway’s Emil Ulsletten threw down a blunt 270 on the down rail, 50/50 frontside 360 with a tuck knee grab on the step down, a frontside double 10 on the first kicker, a backside 360 and a back 9 cab double 9 on the last feature to seal his first place finish. Eric Willett of the USA earned second place and Canadian Tyler Nicholson finished in third. To check out a full recap of the event visit Emil Ulsletten Wins First Canadian Event of the 2013-2014 Season at WSSF.
The multimedia events concluded with the third annual Intersection, presented by Bromley Baseboard. Four crews competed: Heart Films, Leo Zuckerman, Nuulife Cinema and two-time defending champions, Voleurz. Newcomer Leo Zuckerman won Best In Show for his film, Restless earning him the $15,000 prize. Zuckerman was also voted as the People’s Choice winner confirming the judge’s choice and earning an additional $1,000 prize.
This year’s FashionEXPOSED was a free outside event and proved great success. Models got their swagger on following an opening set from DJ Dakota at the base of Whistler Mountain. After FashionEXPOSED, G. Love & Special Sauce performed on the Main Stage.
Monster Energy presented the final Shred Show World Snowboard Tour event with the Big Air competition. Canadian Maxence Parrot topped the podium after an impressive score of 96.50 in the finals. Norway’s Kim Rune Hansen scored second and Justin Morgan of the United States finished up the podium. Take a look at the breakdown of the exciting Big Air competition at The Ski Channel Article; Maxcene Parrot Wins Monster Energy Shred Show Big Air at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival
The END presented by Bud Light featured performances from The Funk Hunters, Luke McKeehan, SkiiTour and Neighbour and festivities carried long into the morning.
The final day of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival concluded with the annual theatre production of The Chairlift Revenue. The Outdoor Concert Series concluded with exciting performances by the Arkells and No Sinner.
For those who cannot wait for next year’s event, the 2014 WSST is slated to take place April 11 to 20. Details will be posted as they arise at www.wssf.com.