Whistler Pride and Ski Festival January 23-31, 2016 Event Calendar

Welcome Reception @ Aava Whistler Hotel - The CABN
Jan 22 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday Welcome Party with Kim Kuzma

Welcome Reception

Sun., Jan. 22, 2017 from 4PM – 8PM

Aava Whistler – The CABN

Welcoming festival goers to help kick off the week with our enchanting wine reception! Blasted Church Vineyard will be on hand sharing some of their Okanagan Valley wines along with your favorites – Whistler Beer and Finlandia cocktails. This evening is specially hosted by your Whistler Pride Ski and Snowboard Guides, with a performance by award winning Canadian musician KIM KUZMA and the animated rhythms of DJ ANDES.


APRES SKI MONDAY @ Aava Whistler - The Cabn
Jan 23 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Après Ski – Monday

Whistler Pride 25th Anniversary Monday Apres Ski

Après Ski Monday is the first of the daily Après Skis invades the CABN, the festival’s official lounge and social space. It is just a short walk from the Whistler lifts and the hotels. Featuring energetic tunes by DJ ROSCOE and signature Finlandia cocktails served up by our in-house celebrity bartender RYAN STEELE.

Cards Against Humanity @ The CABN - Aava Whistler Hotel
Jan 23 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 24 @ 12:00 am

Cards Against Humanity®

monday-cards-against-humanityLaughter, profanities and audible gasps will permeate the CABN when Actor/Comedian RYAN STEELE hosts a raucous group game of Cards Against Humanity® “a party game for horrible people”! With new friends to be made, prizes to be won and Finlandia cocktail specials to be savored.  DJ LON will keep it upbeat and fun between game sets.

The Adventure Group Team will be at the CABN with their VR sets showcasing some of the exciting adventures that can be found in and around Whistler!

Charity Ski Race @ Blackcomb Mountain
Jan 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

10:00AM – 11:30AM Charity Ski Race – BLACKCOMB

Whistler Pride Charity Ski Race benefiting Safe N Sound Squamish LGBTShow us your sweet skiing or boarding moves as you zoom down the GMC Race Course on Blackcomb to help raise money for this extra special charity Safe n Sound Squamish. Safe n Sound’s mission is To celebrate and honour lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer + citizens, their families and allies, through awareness, education, visibility and resources.”

Racers make a donation – $5 recommended (cash only)
No race experience necessary
Skiers or snowboarders
Grand Prize Winner is determined by coming closest to guessing your time.  There will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners.  There will also be a prize for fastest and slowest racers.
You will not be able to see times, but there will be a time reference
You can run as many times as you would like.
Prizes include:
1st Place – Surefoot Custom ski boot insoles $260 Value
2nd Place – 2x SuperFly Zipline Tours $238 Value
3rd Place –Holland America Bath robe $150 Value
Fastest Time –  Gift Certificate from Hy’s Steakhouse $50 value
Slowest Time – Gift Certificate from Crêpe Montagne $25 value
APRES SKI TUESDAY @ Milestones at Blackcomb Mountain
Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Whistler Pride 25th Anniversary Tuesday Apres Ski

Apres Ski – Tuesday

Join us slopeside at one of our most popular Après Ski HOT-SPOTS, warm up with your adult beverage of choice and check out the panoramic views of the mountains, right at the base of Blackcomb, with the groovacious musical stylings of DJ FOXY MORON.

Wine Pairing Dinner @ The Cellar by Araxi
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Wine Pairing Dinner with Blasted Church Vineyards


The Cellar by AraxiJoin us for a very special wine pairing night as we celebrate 25 years of Pride in Whistler at The Cellar by Araxi and Blasted Church Vineyards. This dinner is now sold out. Please visit eatOUT for other dining considerations.

The Menu


Baby Assorted Beet Salad whipped goat cheese with hothouse greens and apple dressing balsamic crema and spiced pecans


Wild Sockeye Salmon Sushi Roll avocado, yuzu mayonnaise, shiso leaf and citrus soya

paired with Blasted Church Pinot Gris


Hot Smoked Roma Tomato Soup tomato and panzanella garnish with fresh basil and olives Helen’s golden olive oil


Selection of Charcuterie salami, prosciutto, housemade foie gras parfait and chorizo sausage crostini, apricot chutney with house pickles

paired with Blasted Church Pride Red ( Marital Bliss)


RR Ranch Beef Sirloin grilled New York steak sliced and served with potato puree baby carrots, red wine jus and chimichurri


Columbia River Steelhead glazed with ginger, candied orange and white wine butter sauce crisp parmesan polenta, roasted fennel and shaved vegetables

paired with Blasted Church Syrah


Chocolate + Caramel Tart caramel and dark chocolate ganache with sweet pastry chantilly cream and chocolate dentelle


Passion Fruit Mousse Cake layered with toasted coconut and lime infused sponge cake mango sorbet, coconut tuile and passion fruit syrup

About the Chef

JAMES WALT, Executive Chef

One of the country’s leading chefs, cookbook author and “farm-to-table” pioneer James Walt continues to inspire his guests, creating compelling regional cuisine based on local, sustainable ingredients. A graduate of the Stratford Chefs School, his impressive culinary career spans across several of British Columbia’s leading restaurants including a four-year tenure at Sooke Harbour House and as opening chef to sister restaurant Blue Water Cafe in Vancouver. James was also Executive Chef to the Canadian Embassy in Rome, Italy; an experience that helped shape the way he cooks today.

James is Whistler’s only chef to cook at the celebrated James Beard House in New York City where he has performed on three separate occasions. He has been voted best chef in Whistler by Pique Newsmagazine and was inducted into the British Columbia Restaurant Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

AARON HEATH, Pastry Chef

Born in North York, Ontario, Aaron Heath is a graduate of Toronto’s George Brown Culinary College. He first joined the culinary brigade at Araxi in 1996, and attributes his love of food to the backyard garden of his childhood home. Today, Aaron is inspired by smaller scale, artisanal baking – and modernizing traditional recipes. Aaron’s seasonal dessert menu showcases local orchard fruits and berries, as well as a premium chocolates and house-baked breads.

About the Wine

Blasted Church Pinot Gris

Blasted Church Pinot GrisWinemaking

The grapes from each vineyard were fermented separately and only blended prior to bottling. Each tank was carefully monitored to ensure cool fermentation temperatures were maintained. A wide range of enzymes and yeast strains were incorporated to achieve maximum aromatics in the wine. This year, the BCV and Matheson Creek parcels of Pinot Gris fruit were left on skins for 4 hours. This process added flavour, structure and a small amount of colour to the finished wine. We added some Chardonnay to increase the acidity and both the Viognier and Gewurztraminer help to lift the aromas.

Harvest Notes

The 2015 Pinot Gris is a great expression of Okanagan Valley Pinot Gris. We have three different vineyards that grow Pinot Gris: Blasted Church, Matheson Creek, and Mountain View. Each provides different aspects, soils, fruit flavor, ripeness and were harvested at different times.

Blasted Church Syrah

Blasted Church SyrahWinemaking

The fruit came from our growers in Osoyoos and Oliver. They were harvested on three separate dates. The first pick of Osoyoos fruit was co-fermented with Viognier to stabilize colour and add aromatics. The other two fruit intakes were pure Syrah. These tanks were cold soaked for 3-5 days while the co-ferment tank was inoculated straight away. All tanks were fermented on untoasted French oak chips to increase wine structure. All three ferments were pressed off when dry, and racked into 225L oak barrels where they underwent malolactic fermentation and then aged in the same barrels for 13 months. We used a mix of French and American oak (40:60) with 20% of these barrels new oak. The wine was removed from barrel back into tank to undergo cold stabilization, filtering and final blending.

Harvest Notes

The 2014 vintage produced a lavish crop of remarkable quality. Our vineyard, which is situated above Skaha Lake on a westerly slope, is an optimal setting for fine wine production. Above average temperatures throughout the spring and summer months, coupled with cool nights, allowed the grapes to flourish throughout the growing season. Long sunny days provided ample opportunity for increased photosynthesis and Brix accumulation. Harvest in the Okanagan began a little early due to a beautiful warm fall, which has resulted in magnificent flavors and strong tannic structures in our wines.

Wild West @ Buffalo Bill's
Jan 24 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 25 @ 1:00 am

Wild West

Wild West Party presented by GayCalgary Magazine

MOUNT UP BUKAROOS! We’re having ourselves a good ol’ fashioned ho-down with a taste of the Wild Wild West…coast. Boots, spurs and stetsons required? Nah, but wear-em-if-you got-em. Lasso yourself a stallion or filly at this fun and inclusive event with swinging country dance music twanging your two-stepping toes well past the twilight by the dapper DJ BYRON JAMES.


APRES SKI WEDNESDAY @ Aava Whistler Hotel - The Cabn
Jan 25 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Whistler Pride 25th Anniversary Wednesday Apres Ski

Apres Ski – Wednesday

Round off an exciting day on the snowy peaks of Whistler at our humpday Après Ski presented by Air New Zealand at the CABN, the festival’s official lounge and social space. Savour signature Finlandia cocktails served up by our in-house celebrity bartender RYAN STEELE with DJ LON working the room!

Upon arrival you will receive your “boarding” card for a Kia ora welcome cocktail, Vodka Soda with a splash of Kiwi, to get you going. Remember to visit the Koru Photo booth!

Snow Landing by PAM ANN @ Whistler Conference Centre
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

PAM ANN touches down for a SNOW LANDING at Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

Snow Landing a Night of Comedy starring Pam AnnWhistler Pride Night of Comedy returns for third incredible year! International celebrity airhostess PAM ANN lands in Whistler for a high-flying evening of ‘pee-your-pants’ humor. Pam – the alter-ego of Australian comedian-writer-producer Caroline Reid – has developed a cult-like status both here and overseas with her masterful portrayal of an International airline hostie. Emceed by the Unstoppable CONNI SMUDGE. Night includes the presentation of the official Pride Festival declaration by honourable Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. Presented in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and media partners Roundhouse Radio, Whistler Question, Pique, and OUTtv.  Arrive early to get a seat and enjoy a pre-show drink. Pre-boarding starts at 7:00PM, show starts at 8PM.

Post Snow Landing party begins at 10:00PM at the CABN at the Aava Whistler Hotel.

Flight Passes now available! Get your tickets now.
-> Hospitality Class (General Seating) starting from $40 plus taxes and fees
-> First Class (Cabaret Seating) starting from $100 plus taxes and fees
WP17 Pam Ann at Whistler Pride 2017

Arrivals Lounge @ The CABN - Aava Whistler
Jan 25 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 26 @ 12:00 am

Arrivals Lounge presented by Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver

Arrivals Lounge with Pam Ann

After the show join us and our special guest PAM ANN, at the CABN, for the official Snow Landing after-party and meet-and-greet.  Just a short walk away from the Conference Center, the CABN is the official lounge and social space for Whistler Pride and Ski Festival.  Enjoy signature Finlandia cocktails served up by our in-house bar staff while JONI T spins a mix of hits to keep the party going!

APRES SKI THURSDAY @ Milestones at Blackcomb Mountain
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Whistler Pride 25th Anniversary Thursday Apres Ski

Apres Ski Thursday at Milestones Whistler on Blackcomb Mountain

Join us slopeside at one of our most popular Après Ski HOT-SPOTS, warm up with your adult beverage of choice and check out the panoramic views of the mountains, right at the base of Blackcomb, with the groovacious musical stylings of DJ FOXY MORON.

Throwback Thursday @ The CABN
Jan 26 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 1:00 am

Throwback Thursday with Whistler's own DJ Vinyl Richie

Throwback Thursday with DJ LandonJames

Shake your groove thang! We’re turning back time and turning it up loud with a thumping night of groovy classics by Vancouver’s own DJ LandonJames. Jetting you off on a retro vibe dance tour on our styling dance floor at the CABN with some of your favourite anthems, a little old-school-house, and yes, D-I-S-C-O !

Splash Pool Party @ Meadow Park Sports Centre
Jan 26 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 2:00 am

Splash Pool Party with DJ Pornstar presented by Outings and Adventures

Splash Pool Party presented in part by Outings & Adventures

Let’s get soaking wet! DJ Pacifico (Pornstar) turns up the heat at the annual Whistler Pride festival Pool Party at SPLASH! Grab the free shuttle leaving from the Aava Hotel starting at 9:30PM every 30 minutes.  Bring your OWN Towel & Swimsuit. Clothes check & lockers available on site. Cash bar sponsored by Finlandia Vodka with celebrity bartender, RYAN STEELE.

*Tickets available only online or at the Aava Whistler hotel for the SPLASH POOL PARTY. Entry at the Meadow Park Sports Centre without a valid ticket will not be allowed entry. Tickets will NOT be available at the pool. No exceptions.

O&A Outings and Adventures

7th Annual Pride Ski Parade @ Mid Station - Whistler Village Gondola - Olympic Run
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

7th Annual Pride Ski Parade

6th Annual Pride Ski Parade at Whistler Pride on Whistler BlackcombJoin us in this free public event of celebrating diversity on and off the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb

Location: Starts at Whistler Mountain Mid Station at Olympic Run to the Skiers’ Plaza at the base of the GLC and then march through the village to the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Details: Whistler’s 7th annual Pride Ski + March will begin at 3:30 as skiers hoist aloft the larger-than-life Pride flag while slaloming down the mountain to the village where they will join the crowd of village pedestrians to then march through the village to end at the Whistler Olympic Plaza. The classic Après T-Dance tops off the afternoon post march.

Get dressed up, wave your flag, create some noise and most of all have fun!

Please note: If you are planning to ski down with the Pride Flag we suggest you assemble at Mid Station around 3:00PM.Whistler Pride Ski Parade Are you Ready

The Whistler Pride Parade began in 2010 during the Olympic Winter Games. A group of LGBT sports activists lead by Dean Nelson, Ken Coolen and Mark Tewksbury marched from the Pride House located at the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre to the Whistler Olympic Media House, located at the Maurice Young Millennium Place. Dean Nelson along with his LGBT sports activists (Jennifer Birch-Jones, Caryl Dolinko, and Mark Tewksbury) held a press conference condemning the homophobic remarks made against Olympic figure skater, Johnny Weir.

Join us in celebrating the 6th Annual Pride Ski Parade at Whistler Pride! The birthplace of the Olympic Pride House movement.

WhistlerPride 25 Ski Guide and Parade

Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Après T-dance with Nick Bertossi presented by the World Outgames Miami 2017

Location: Whistler Conference Centre – 4010 Whistler Way

Details: Directly after the Ski Out and March, join us at Whistler Pride’s Classic Friday Après-ski T-dance in the Grand Foyer of the Whistler Conference Centre, the only venue big enough for this massive event – featuring Vancouver’s own celebrated DJ/Producer NICK BERTOSSI!

Coat Check benefits: Vancouver Frontrunners, Vancouver’s LGBT Running + Walking Club

World Outgames Miami 2017

CABN Fever Ultra Lounge @ The CABN
Jan 27 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 28 @ 12:00 am

CABN FEVER Ultra Lounge featuring FOXY MORON

Foxy Moron Whistler's favorite DJ spinning at Whistler Pride9PM-12AM

Location: The CABN – Aava Whistler – 4005 Whistler Way

Details: A cozy night in the CABN with smooth libations, good vibrations and no hesitations. Bouncy house beats provided by perennial Whistler Pride favourite FOXY MORON!  With stir-crazy cocktail specials crafted by our friendly resident bartenders!

Furrocious @ Whistler Conference Centre
Jan 27 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 28 @ 2:00 am

Furrocious powered by SCRUFF with DJ Micky Friedmann and special guest performances by Brent Ray Fraser + Romeo

Furrocious – Military Ball powered by SCRUFF

Who doesn’t love a man in uniform! Here is your chance to party-it-up, and get down, in your favourite uniform whether it’s army, police, leather or sports kit. One of our week’s’ most popular events, this year, featuring the incredible talents of globally recognized DJ/Producer MICKY FRIEDMANN, and a scandalous performance by BRENT RAY FRASER and ROMEO.  

Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Après Ski Saturday presented by TD Bank Group

The largest Après ski of the week this Apres Ski brings everyone together to celebrate and action packed week of friendship, entertainment, sport and most importantly PRIDE. A favourite in Vancouver and beyond DJ DEL STAMP provides high energy beats to the event! Presented by TD Bank Group.

Remember to share your experience on Social:  #ForeverProud #TDPride365 #WhistlerPride25


Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 29 @ 12:00 am

SASHAY a benefit for the Foundation of Hope and Rainbow Refugee

Whistler Pride presents Sashay a benefit for the Foundation of HopeLocation: The CABN – Aava Whistler – 4005 Whistler Way

✪✪✪  SASHAYA benefit for the Foundation of Hope and Rainbow Refugee  ✪✪✪

Join us for an evening of drinks, dancing, and FUN benefiting two amazing Vancouver LGBT charities. Thanks to our sponsors, 100% of all ticket sales and coat check supports the Foundation of Hope and Rainbow Refugee. Our goal is to raise $12,000, the amount that will help in sponsoring one LGBTIQ refugee start a new life in Canada.


DJ Smoothie (https://soundcloud.com/djsmoothie) – Whistler Pride’s favorite sax-playing DJ

PhenomeDon (https://soundcloud.com/czn) – A Vancouver Pride favorite


Our lovely hosts Flaming Wok, Gee Hottie, and Abola Soup are “manning” the TICKLE TRUNK PHOTO BOOTH! Special prizes for the photos with the most SASHAY.


Enjoy custom cocktails served up HOT by celebrity bartender RYAN STEELE. (https://www.facebook.com/ryansteeleshow).



Dancing performances by BAD UNICORN and HOOLA GIRL (Kayla Raye).


Lots of great items up for grabs, including a week’s luxury accommodation in Whistler, a full week passes to Whistler Pride 2018, and a flight for 2 people anywhere in North America, plus more! All proceeds benefit the Foundation of Hope.


8pm to midnight at The CABN – Aava Whistler Hotel


$40 plus service fees with 100% of all revenue going to our charities.

THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT SO BUY TICKETS EARLY! (limited ticket sales at the door.)



The Foundation of Hope http://foundationofhope.net/about-us/

Rainbow Refugee http://www.rainbowrefugee.ca/


Snowball25 – THE CUBE GUYS (Italy) @ Whistler Conference Centre
Jan 28 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 29 @ 4:00 am

Snowball25 Main Event with The CUBE GUYS (Italy) of Sleeping Giant Music


Snowball25 the main event for WhistlerPride25 featuring The Cube Guys of Sleeping Giant Music, opening set by Seattle's favorite DJ - DJ Bret Law

Celebrating 25 years of Pride – Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2017’s  final night celebration will feel bigger and bolder! Mega sounds, mesmerizing visuals, all in a massive space ,tricked out and teched to impress! Featuring international hit-makers THE CUBE GUYS of Sleeping Giant Music (Italy). The Cube Guys have recently broke the World’s Top 10 House Producers on BeatStats and continues to climb the charts.

Special opening set by one of Seattle’s best DJs – DJ BRET LAW. Party until 4am!. Chill-space provided by HiM.


THE CUBE GUYS is a club undertaking that was born in 2005 between two of the most prominent producers in Italy: Roberto Intrallazzi and Luca Provera. Although their backgrounds and professional training differs, their common desire to release new productions and contribute to the international club scene is equivalent. Together, they combine their previous experiences and endeavors to launch a fresh and innovative musical journey! The Cube Guys will be making their first Western Canadian debut at Whistler Pride!

SNOWBALL25 - The Cube Guys and DJ Bret Law

Calendar Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

Your detailed event listing for all of the events during the 24th annual festival. Join us in Whistler as we celebrate diversity on and off the slopes.

The Host Hotel: Aava Whistler Hotel

Preferred Hotel: ResortQuest Whistler – largest selection of rooms in Whistler from Studios to six bedroom townhouses

Associtate Hotels: Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Westin Resort and Spa, Evolution Whistler

For reservations call 1.866.787.1966
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