The World Ski and Snowboard (WSSF) is returning for its 25th year in a digital format that combines arts, music, and sport. This three-week virtual festival, from April 16th - 30th, 2021, will feature a film and photo competition, a top sheet art competition, and live music and DJ sets.
“Though we cannot bring the world to Whistler this year, we are thrilled to be bringing Whistler to you," says the WSSF team. “We will be showcasing the talents of athletes and artists from around the world, through a virtual festival for this 25-year celebration. WSSF was created as a way to celebrate all that is mountain culture and this year the festival encapsulates the resiliency of the industry.”
WSSF Rough Cuts Photo & Video Competition combines photography, video and sport into one team event. New for 2021, there will be two categories, and two rad prizes: local and global. Snow sports crews from around the world are encouraged to create a two-to-five minute film featuring any footage of skiing, snowboarding and/or snow sports, shot in the last 10 years.
Films shot within the Sea to Sky area can compete to win $5,000 cash, and global participants can compete to win $1,000 plus the "Key to WSSF 2022," which includes accommodations, dining gift certificates, Scandinave Spa bath access, tours with Canadian Wilderness Adventures, and more! All films will be reviewed by a panel of local filmmakers and athletes with the top eight local and top four global films advancing to the online film festival where fan voting will determine who moves to the final round.
Artists from around the world have the opportunity to choose their canvas in the Whip Sheet Top Sheet Competition. The competition, in partnership with Foon Skis and Prior Snowboards, invites artists to submit their original top sheet designs to be voted upon by the world. The winning artists will receive a custom board or pair of skis adorned with their art plus have their designs made available on custom orders from Foon Skis.
Through Sky Streams, Whistler's most iconic locations will host DJ and live music sets which will be broadcast to the world. The full lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
The world is invited to join us virtually on Friday, April 16th, 23rd and 30th from 6 – 8 p.m. PST to catch Sky Streams, pick their favourite top sheet design, and cast their votes for films to advance to the finals. Anyone can enter, and everyone can vote.
WSSF is proudly supported by the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, Tourism Whistler, Foon Skis, Prior Snowboards, No Limits Helicopters, White Claw, Red Bull Canada, Scandinave Spa, Gibbons Après Lager, Canadian Wilderness Adventures, and Gibbons Whistler. For more information on how to submit your art, film or video, and how to tune in, visit wssf.com.