What: FREE AVALANCHE AWARENESS TOURS Kick off the 2004-’05 season with some avalanche awareness. Tours begin this week by Blackcomb Patrol vollies and cover the basic skills needed to go into the backcountry. The tours meet at 8:45 a.m. every day. Registration is recommended. Call 604-938-7751.
WheN: Daily, beginning Wednesday, December 15
Where: Blackcomb Daylodge
What: SPIRITUALLY INCORRECT "Blend a former Buddhist Monk with Noam Chomsky and Lenny Bruce" and what do you get? According to one critic you get Alan Clement who will take the stage in an existential comedy fundraiser coming to Whistler for one night. It’s a benefit perfomance to raise awareness of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s incarcerated Nobel peace laureate. Tickets are $20/$23. Call 604-935-8410.
WheN: Thursday, December 16, 8 p.m.
Where: MY Millennium Place
What: DRESS LIKE SANTA If you’ve got a spare red suit and a white beard hanging around you could ride or ski for free for one day. Whistler-Blackcomb will give out lift tickets for everyone dressed like Santa or Mrs. Claus. Best costume will win a pair of skis or board.
WheN: Saturday, December 18, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Patio of the GLC at the base of Whistler
What: FIRE & ICE WELCOME NIGHT Don’t miss the first Fire & Ice show as athletes fly through a burning ring of fire with a fireworks display to top off the event. Fire & Ice runs throughout the winter every Sunday night.
WheN: Sunday, December 19, 6:30 p.m.
Where: At the base of the mountains in the village
What: ROBIN FINDS CHRISTMAS Join the Whistler Village Church and celebrate the meaning of Christmas in drama, words and song. The play will be followed by a family service. Admission by donation. For info call 604-935-8450.
WheN: Friday, December 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: MY Millennium Place
What: FIRST NIGHT Back again for more family fun, First Night will delight both kids and adults alike. The event is alcohol free. Get your tickets for the New Year celebrations now.
WheN: Friday, December 31
Where: The Village
What: SLRD The nine-member SLRD board is expected to make a decision on the controversial Ashlu Creek IPP at the next regular board meeting. Check out www.slrd.bc.ca for an agenda prior to the meeting.
WheN: Friday, December 17, 1 p.m.
Where: SLRD Boardroom, 1350 Aster St., Pemberton
What: COUNCIL Don’t miss the last council meeting of 2004. A public question and answer period kicks off every meeting.
WheN: Monday, December 20, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Council Chambers, Municipal Hall
What: WOMEN OF WHISTLER Get your early-bird registration in for K.I.T. (Knowledge, Information & Tools). It’s a one day educational and networking event with featured speakers, breakout sessions, interactive workshops and a lunch and cocktail reception for all corridor women. Early registration is $85 by Dec. 20 and $100 afterwards. Register at the chamber at www.whistlerchamber.com or call 604-935-0003.
WheN: Early registration by Monday, December 20. Event takes place on January 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Westin Resort & Spa
On The Mountains
What: BLACKCOMB Blackcomb Mountain is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Night Moves begins for the season on Sat. Dec. 18 under the Magic Chair at the base of Blackcomb. Ski & ride from 5-9 p.m. The first King of the Rail competition will take place on Wed. Dec. 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. under the Magic Chair.
What: WHISTLER Whistler Mountain is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.