Whistler comes out for Whistler Pride

The 23rd annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival brings the community of Whistler out to celebrate diversity at the opening Welcome Reception at the Westin Resort and Spa Whistler

Executive Producer, Dean Nelson says, “We are so pleased to see the diversity of Whistler merchants and community groups that are coming out to welcome the festival's guests at the Westin Resort and Spa on Sunday, January 25th from 4PM – 7PM.”

In total there are twenty businesses that have signed up to share with the Whistler Pride attendees on what there is to do in Whistler and beyond. Nelson continues, “… we have a luxury wellness spa coming in from the Okanagan, Sparkling Hill Resort will be making the trek to Whistler from Vernon, BC to share some of the unique health and wellness retreats available. I am sure that some of our guests will be interested and will want to do their Spring detox amoung the cheery blossoms and wine country!”

The Welcome reception will be serenaded by award winning Canadian recording artist Sarah Smith while guests are meeting some of the locals as well as other guests from the estimated 26 nations participating at this year's festival.

Some of the merchants include:
West Coast Float

West Coast Float

Relax, recover & reset by floating in 650 pounds of Epsom Salt, a deep muscle relaxant and natural detoxifier. Zero gravity sensory deprivation increases circulation, is a mood enhancer & helps to release endorphins. Experience real relaxation, true peace and a deep sense of well-being. West Coast Float offers Whistler’s only sensory deprivation float pods. Floating takes all the pressure off your muscles & joints, speeds athletic recovery, alleviates jet lag, and relieves stress. We are so excited to be part of Winter Pride, come float with us and celebrate diversity. westcoastfloat.com

Head-Line Mountain Holidays

Access Whistler’s snowfields, glaciers, hotsprings and ice caves with Head-Line Mountain Holidays’ backcountry saavy team. LGBT exclusive tours offer exhilaration and comfort. Try the ½ day snowmobiling adventures for all abilities – heated gloves and handlebars come with our state-of-the art equipment; put a group together for snowbike ‘drag’ races on the ice cap; ice cave picnics or the ultimate Beef Dip all-inclusive heli-access to remote hotsprings with massage therapy, personal chef-de-cuisine. Try the overnight snow hotel for the ultimate party scene or a romantic night away. Visit headlinemountainholidays.com for more extraordinary experiences.

The Adventure GroupThe Adventure Group TAG Whistler

We all crave what is beyond the everyday – the new, the exciting, the unordinary. The Adventure Group represents the best activities and things to do in the wonderful, natural playground of Whistler, British Columbia. By offering a collection of activities in one place and a variety of offices located throughout Whistler, we know that we are the most convenient way to book your Whistler excursions. Choose from Superfly Ziplines, Snowmobile or Snowshoe experiences! tagwhistler.com

Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy, Mike Azevedo’s short film was created and produced all with local BC talent and crowd source funding. The project took off after Oscar Winner, Dustin Lance Black, signed on as the Supporting Mentor. Mike is thrilled to be sharing it with you on January 27 at the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival as its debut Film Festival Screening. Synopsis: Searching for love in an isolated perfect life. Finding the One leads to desperation, nervous romance, and intensity. Climaxes in transformative terror.

Andrea Likes Art

Andrea Mueller – Love Lust and Other Decent Stuff – Solo exhibit on now at Whistlers newest art gallery The Crystal Gallery. The show is playful with a questionable undertone asking, what goes on behind closed doors? The exhibit features over 40 original paintings, renewed objects and fluorescent wood installation. Gallery hours are Thursday – Sunday 12pm -6pm located in the Crystal Lodge down the stairs beside Lululemon. Visit: andrealikesart.com

Whistler Tasting Tours

It's time indulge in temptation and explore the delicious culinary scene in Whistler! Join Whistler Tasting Tours for a VIP evening and visit 4- amazing restaurants in one night. Our local guides will escort guests into a 15,000 wine cellar where you will learn the art of Champagne sabering, dine in a whimsically Venetian restaurant, and taste decadent chocolates. We offer 4 fabulous dining experiences so come taste and explore your way through Whistler today! whistlertastingtours.com

CoastRangeHeliSkiing at Whistler PrideCoast Range Heliskiing

Coast Range Heliskiing is Whistler/Pemberton's premier boutique heliskiing and heliboarding operation. Operating since 2002, we are 100% locally owned and operated. We ski exclusively in small groups, which allows us to create a tailored experience for each and every guest. With over 200,000 acres of diverse terrain from big mountain powder lines to secluded tree skiing, you can be sure to have an unforgettable backcountry powder experience. If you are looking for powder turns and fresh tracks all day in the beautiful Coast Range Mountains, come heliskiing with us! For further questions or bookings call us on 1 800 701 8744 or stop by our office at the bottom of the Whistler gondola, next to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory. coastrangeheliskiing.com

Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa

The world’s only Swarovski crystal-infused health resort located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, BC. The Okanagan’s delectable local cuisine and award-winning wineries perfectly pair with Sparkling Hill’s luxurious, one-of-a-kind rooms, amenities and 40,000 sq.ft KurSpa. The perfect place for a romantic getaway, health retreat, or luxurious wedding venue. You are sure to leave feeling relax and rejuvenated! sparklinghill.com

For a complete list of all the vendors and more information visit the events page Read More >>
Join us on Sunday, January 25th as Whistler comes out to welcome gays and lesbians from around the world. Tickets are just $15 in advance. For hotel and stay + play packages call 1.866.787.1966 or visit LAST MINUTE DEALS >>

January 20th, 2015|News|0 Comments

About the Author:

Dean Nelson is the CEO, Executive Producer of GayWhistler.com + the annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival. Dean is also the founder of the Pride House movement with the opening of the first Pride House at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver/Whistler. Dean is an LGBT activist and social media contributor. He is also a travel writer. You can follow him on most channels at @gayWhistler

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