New, notable or just plain cool travel destinations across the Northwest
Shoulder seasons in Whistler, B.C., used to resemble a college campus during break, a mostly vacant environment teeming with suggestions of what will be. But school is definitely “in session” year-round at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort these days, especially when events such as the Whistler Film Festival roll through Whistler Village.
This year's cinematic gathering, Dec. 4–8, features scores of international film premieres, with an emphasis on Canadian productions. Celebrating its 13th year, the WFF has grown in stature over the years, yet visitors still find plenty of opportunities to mingle with actors, producers and auteurs—along with fellow film enthusiasts—after seminars and screenings or just around the village.
Best off all, the pre-holiday period tends to bring great deals on lodging-and-lift packages. When the weather cooperates by filling the slopes with early-season snow, this all adds up to a great reason to head up the Sea-to-Sky Highway to fine-tune your skiing or boarding techniques—and broaden your cinematic knowledge.
—Story by Crai S. Bower
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