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A festival full of highlights and one drunk stockbroker

Nick Dove conceded that when he submitted a Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival volunteer application...



Nick Dove conceded that when he submitted a Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival volunteer application over the Internet he had no idea what he was getting himself into.

The 19-year-old snowboard instructor from Ottawa said he had heard the festival was "pretty cool" but his interest grew dramatically when he learned that volunteers got a free lunch.

"I wanted to go snowboarding here but I couldn’t go everyday because it’s pretty expensive so I thought this would be a good thing to do in between," Dove said.

But what happened in between came as a total surprise to Dove.

He met elite snowboarders, mountain bikers and skiers, but his highlight came when he was asked to pick up hip-hop diva Kia Kadiri from Vancouver.

Dove brought Kadiri and her band back to Whistler and then partied with them at Merlin’s.

Later he went to their outdoor concert and then went back to the band’s condominium for some more partying.

"I think I slept on the floor," Dove said.

"I’ve got a pretty foggy memory about it.

"To be honest, I don’t remember when I flew in here, so much has happened it’s just a blur."

Dove was also stoked that he got to meet Moka from Moka Only and the band Pocket Dwellers.

"You can party hard every day up here, it’s so hard to describe," he said.

"I’ve been to Europe and Florida and there’s no party scene like Whistler – I mean, that Gob concert (at Moe Joe’s) was off the hook.

"In the past four days I must have spent $300 on alcohol going from place to place."

Despite all his brushes with fame, Dove said the best part of volunteering was the fact that he was able to experience all aspects of the festival.

"They make the schedules up so everybody has a chance to work in different areas and you end up in all the best places."

Another person who’s job it was to be in all the best places at the right time was W1 public relations manager Mark Ross.

Ross, who used to do PR for a bank, confirmed that the event had received enormous media attention.

"The festival itself attracts all the ski press but when you add in the Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake and all the other entertainment factors you get a lot of mainstream attention as well," Ross said.

"It got huge coverage at home and in Canada and abroad as well, and that’s going to be a big part of my next month; analysing and calculating the total value of that coverage.