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Escape Route bringing Chic Scott to Whistler


To celebrate their 20th anniversary, The Escape Route is bringing one of the country's best-known biographers and chronicler of Canadian mountain history to Whistler for a special event.

Chic Scott has spent almost 50 years climbing and skiing around the world, organizing clubs and foundations and capturing many of his adventures on paper. Among his many mountaineering accomplishments, Scott was the first to conquer the winter ascent of Mount Assiniboine in 1967 and the first Himalayan summit reached by a Canadian in 1973. In recent years, Scott has received several awards from respected organizations like the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and the Alpine Club of Canada.

His upcoming Whistler show traces the career of one of the Canadian ski industry's most influential pioneers, Hans Gmoser. The father of heli-skiing, Gmoser was also a talented rock climber, expedition leader, mountain guide, filmmaker and organizer, and played a major role in creating Canada's vibrant mountain community.

Scott will present an intimate portrait of Gmoser, collected from his diaries, expedition journals, film commentaries and personal correspondence. The final product is a tale of adventure, perseverance and serious blood, sweat and tears - a must-see show for any skiing enthusiast.

The show takes place at The Escape Route on Friday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, with net proceeds going to help Whistler resident Alex Wigley attend the World Championships for ski mountaineering in Europe next month.

Spirit of Squamish 2010

While the rest of Sea to Sky is going wild with Olympic fever, the artistic community in Squamish is going Wild at Art for the Spirit of Squamish Festival, which kicks off on the opening day of the Olympics, Friday, Feb. 12.

This year's festival includes a visual arts show produced by VISUALS, the Squamish Valley Artists Society, with an assortment of pieces that fit within the Water! H20 theme put on display at the new UpStares Gallery on Cleveland Avenue. An opening reception with the artists will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the UpStares Gallery. For the duration of the exhibit (Feb. 12 to March 5), the gallery will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

A variety of musicians will also be performing at venues throughout town during the festival, while the Spirit of Squamish 2010 Finale Celebration marks the close of the Olympics on Saturday, Feb. 27. Festivities include a public skate and a Figure Skating Exhibition Gala, broadcast live from Pacific Coliseum at 4:30 p.m., plus an artisan market, children's area and music by The Overcomers, Radio Karma and Paul Coulter Brown. Admission is free.