Do you have your tickets yet? Better get them soon: Arc'teryx's annual Deep Winter Photo Challenge is always a sold-out affair. This year should be no exception, with six incredible photographers - Ilja Herb, Blake Jorgenson, Andrew Strain, Robin O'Neill, John Scarth and Tim Zimmerman - on the roster.
Here's how it works: they have only three days to shoot during Whistler's legendary January storm cycle. Each shooter takes their team of handpicked athletes into the backcountry for shots, and on the fourth day they set their best images to music. On Saturday, Jan. 15, they present their slideshow to an audience of 1,000 people, as well as a panel of industry judges, at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, all in hopes of being crowned "King of Storms" for 2011 and taking home some of the $6,000 prize purse.
Tickets to the event are $17; get yours by calling 1-800-766-0449 or visiting Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations. For more information on the competition, or more on the competitors, visit deepwinterphoto.com.
Add to Pique's Olympic highlight reel
This time last year, the community of Whistler was on edge, anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Olympic torch and the hordes of athletes, international visitors and media that were sure to follow for the 2010 Winter Games.
Writers and staff here at Pique Newsmagazine spent plenty of time covering the Olympic and Paralympic Games, sharing stories from the lead-up to the wrap-up of all the action. And now, with the one-year anniversary of the main event almost upon us, we're calling on you, the Whistler residents and readers, to share your most memorable Games moments with us.
We're looking for short stories (maximum 250 words) and photos that capture your epic Olympic moments: brushes with greatness, Olympic gold moments, the best candid shots of the beloved Captain Canada, costumed super-fans, encounters with international visitors and those loveable Smurfs and late-night shenanigans, just to give you a few ideas. The top entries will win some great prizes and be published in the Feb. 10th issue of Pique, just in time for the Whistler Winter Arts Festival, which runs from Feb. 11 to 13.
Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Feb. 3, or upload images to Pique's Facebook page.
Tale-telling and other activities at the SLCC
There's more to do at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre than just check out their exhibits (though they have made two new impressive additions to the gallery recently).
During the month of January, the centre is hosting a weekly storytelling session with Lil'wat Nation's Tanina Williams and Squamish Nation's Vanessa Campbell. They share traditional stories and folklore of their people at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each Sunday, with the sessions included in admission to the centre.