Award-winning Whistler Pride and Ski Festival celebrates 26 years of inclusivity

Whistler, B.C. – One of the countries biggest and best gay and lesbian LGTBQI events, Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, returns to Whistler for its 26th year from January 21-28, 2018. Experience firsthand why GayTravel.com has awarded Whistler Pride as the Winter Event of the Year. This weeklong event boasts a colourful calendar with something for everyone, from daily après-ski sessions, comedy shows, parties, a parade and guided ski and snowboarding tours to explore the 8,176 acres of Whistler Blackcomb.

“Tourism Whistler has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival and on behalf of the entire team, I would like to congratulate the organizers of this event on receiving such well-deserved recognition as the number one LGBT event in the world,” said Barrett Fisher, Tourism Whistler’s President & CEO. 

“The Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is an anchor event in Whistler, and has helped build the resort’s reputation as an inclusive destination. We are very proud of the work done by the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival organizers, and look forward to welcoming festivalgoers in 2018 and beyond.”

British Columbia is set to receive the most snow on the planet just in time for Whistler Pride, with up to 58 cm falling in Whistler by Sunday. For attendees looking to ski or ride, join the daily Whistler Pride guided groups to find fresh snow and make new friends.

Whistler Blackcomb Snow Report for Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

Snow Report as of 5:30AM Sun., Jan. 21, 2018

Off the slopes, seek out Whistler’s new rainbow crosswalks as you explore the Village or check out Whistler’s Guide for non-skiers for endless activity ideas.

Round out your days on or off the hill with après at Whistler Pride’s Official Gay Bar, the Canadiana themed CABN at the Aava Whistler Hotel.

Whistler Pride takes over the baths at the Scandinave Spa for the first time in festival history on the evening of Tuesday, January 23 for Sip ‘N Dip. Connect with other festivalgoers in the serene setting of the Scandinave Spa alongside music by Whistler’s own DJ Foxy Moron.

Comedian Margaret Cho returns to headline Whistler Pride’s Night of Comedy. Witness the hilarity of one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time live in Whistler on Wednesday, January 24.

Head to the Audain Art Museum to take in the latest exhibition after hours, during Mix and Mingle on the evening of Thursday, January 25. Explore Stone and Sky: Canada’s Mountain Landscape featuring 100 works of art by iconic Canadian artists including Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, Toni Onley, Edward Burtynsky and more.

Explore the complete event schedule filled with pool parties, parades and snowballs here.

Celebrate diversity at its peak this winter at the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival. For more information on TAG® approved lodging and booking your next getaway visit Whistler.com.

Media Contact

Marion Young – Tourism Whistler
Specialist, Communications
T: 604.938.2726
E: myoung@tourismwhistler.com

Dean Nelson – Whistler Pride

T: 604.288.7218

E: dean@gaywhistler.com