Whistler Longboard Festival

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Whistler Longboard Festival PNG 200The Whistler Longboard Festival is in town this week from July 4 - 7. The world's best longboarders will gather in Whistler for the 4 day event which includes the Canadian World Cup Downhill Race at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

This year's event will also feature a number of new skateboard showcases in the Village and a skate jam open to the public at the Whistler Skate Park. For more information on all the weekends event's read below.

Canadian World Cup Downhill Race | July 4 - 6

Event Details: The Downhill race is the main event of the weekend and takes place at the Whistler Sliding Centre. During the event heats of 4 longboarders will race down the Sliding Centre's gnarly 1.6KM track which features a 1000 foot vertical drop, seven 180 degree hairpin turns and 12 corners. Riders will be racing down at breakneck speeds while having to navigate the track and their competitors as well. Over 200 riders will be participating in this year's event in the following categories: Women, Juniors, Groms and Masters. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 racers in each category.

Viewing Details: Admission is FREE to anyone who wants to come and watch the races. Bystanders can access the track via a FREE chairlift ride in the upper village square (base of Blackcomb Mountain). From here people are encouraged to gather at different viewing points along the track. There will be specific spots set aside for viewing. At the bottom of the track there will be a beer garden and food truck serving the crowds.

Event Times:
Thursday - Practice Runs: 9AM - 5PM
Friday - Qualification Runs: 1PM - 5PM
Saturday - World Cup Finals: 12PM - 4PM

Skate X Shoot & Biathlon | July 7

Event Details: Head on over to Whistler Olympic Park on Sunday for the final events of the Whistler Longboard Festival. Sunday's events will feature the 20KM Enduro Race and the 10KM Skate + Shoot Biathlon.

The 20KM Enduro race is open to the public and can still be registered for online. During the event skaters will compete solo or in teams and simply have to complete 4 laps of a 5KM track. The riders with the fastest times can win up to $2000 in cash prizes.

The ultra-popular Skate + Shoot Biathlon is essentially the same as a Winter Biathlon but on a skateboard. During the event Skaters will have to complete two laps of the 5KM course while stopping at 2 firing ranges. Here competitors will use a .22 caliber target rifle to shoot at 5 targets in the background. For each missed target the competitor will have to complete an extra 150KM penalty lap.

Event Times:
Enduro Race: 9AM - 10AM
Skate X Shoot: 10:30AM - 2:30PM

Viewing Details: Both events will take place at the Whistler Olympic Park. The park is located 15 minutes outside of Whistler towards Vancouver. Admission to the park is FREE and signs will direct you to both parking and the day's events. Event organizers will be on hand to direct onlookers towards the best viewing locations for the events.

Skate Bowl Jam - July 5

Event Details: New to this year's event is the 2013 Skate Bowl Jam. The bowl jam is open to anyone who wants to stop by and compete or watch. Join us at the Whistler Skateboard Park on Friday, July 5 from 4PM - 7PM to partake.

Check out a video of last year's Downhill Finals

Looking for accommodations for the summer?

Feature 1 BedroomChoose from our three condominum style hotels, located in Whistler's Creekside Village. All of our wonderfull hotels are just a minutes away from all the Whistler Longboard Festival events.

Contact us for more information and reservations.

Photo Credit Longboarders: Mike Crane

By: Lodging Ovations Jul 04, 2013