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The Women of Telus World Ski Festival

The TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival offers no shortage of action – music, arts, sports. Barbie, you’re over. Here’s a list of ten spunky women to catch up with in Whistler all of whom deserve an action figure of their own.


Her star is on the rise, with Metric’s newest album Fantasies downloading now. The result of an 18 month incubation period, one scrapped album…

Her star is on the rise, with Metric’s newest album Fantasies downloading now. The result of an 18 month incubation period, one scrapped album (“You’ve got to want to stand behind it and it didn’t feel like we were saying something new, it felt like we were repeating ourselves and we have too much respect for our listeners to put them through that”), some time out to “tend to the human side of our existence” and a song-writing retreat deep in the Pacific North-west woods, Fantasies is what happens when rock’n’roll meets the Buddha, a fine balance between artistic purity and decadent spectacle. Haines told Leah Collins at Dose.ca “The principle on this record was definitely we wanted to create a feeling, a positive feeling that we could inhabit for the next little while.”

Metric played the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, B.C. April 24.

We asked for your help coming up with questions to ask pro freeskier Roz Groenewoud. And you delivered. The person who asked the best question…

We asked for your help coming up with questions to ask pro freeskier Roz Groenewoud. And you delivered. The person who asked the best question (according to Roz) won a pair of Kombi’s Roz Kombi’s Roz G gloves. See below and the next few slides for your questions and Roz’s answers. Here’s the winning question—congrats to username Diah.

If a men’s magazine asked you to pose naked would you do it?
This was my favourite question, because I’ve never been asked it but I’ve thought about it since I attended a conference in the fall of 2008 (sponsored by SheJumps and the Stone Clinic). One of the seminars was ‘The Sexy Question: good or bad idea for female athletes?’ The main speakers were Marla Streb (pro mountain biker)and Gretchen Bleiler’s (pro snowboarder) agent. Marla spoke of her amazingly powerful nude photo on her bike that appeared on the cover of Outside magazine. She insisted that there be no photo corrections or airbrushing as she wanted it to be 100 percent her—she said she earned every scar and her powerful leg muscles. She has never looked back on her decision to appear naked.  Gretchen, on the other hand, has had nude photos appear in magazines that aren’t indicative of her personality or her strength as an athlete and therefore, apparently, she’s regretted them. Both women agreed that nude photos, in the right situation and at the right point in your athletic career could be a beautiful thing. Following that advice, with the right photographer with the right magazine with the right concept,  I would do it.

(Click to the next slide for the rest of your questions.)

2009 Winners of the Designer Search & EXPOSE contest Glencora Twigg, Christine Hotton and Jessica Vaira are the brains behind Twigg & Hottie, an…

2009 Winners of the Designer Search & EXPOSE contest

Glencora Twigg, Christine Hotton and Jessica Vaira are the brains behind Twigg & Hottie, an indie boutique on Vancouver’s Main Street, that showcases over 50 independent and local designers. All grads of the Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion (2002), they started running Twigg & Hottie 3 years ago, and most recently added We3 to their collaborative output.

The We 3 line won a place on the runway at the Schick Fashion Exposed fashion show. Twigg explains the line was developed in response to consumer demand and appeals strongly to women in their mid 30s, often transitioning into or out of new motherhood, or back into the office or a new job. “A life shift of some kind.” The pieces are flowy, versatile, layered, and because the line is mostly tops, the girls have come up with a unique approach to the runway. “Bare legs. A bunch of layered tops paired with cute high-waisted panties” is the plan.

We3 took to the Schich Fashion EXPOSED runway on Friday, April 24, at the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, B.C.

More than 50 submissions were received from across Canada when the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival launched its search for a new FACE, to be…

More than 50 submissions were received from across Canada when the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival launched its search for a new FACE, to be host of its daily video highlights broadcast on Dose.ca.

23 year old Miranda Furtado from Milton, Ontario, a fashion arts student at Humber College, galvanized the voters when she was selected as one of 5 finalists, and in a one-week campaign, used social media platforms, created campaign videos and connected with her local press to attract over 4000 votes.

Miranda Furtado was in Whistler during the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival from April 17-26 2009, rubbing shoulders with celebrities, musicians, athletes and getting the ultimate insider experience of all the action, as she debuts as the Face of the Festival on dose.ca/whistler.

A photographer and avid mountain biker, O’Neill is as adept at shooting intimate portraits as she is at capturing live action. Originally inspired to…

A photographer and avid mountain biker, O’Neill is as adept at shooting intimate portraits as she is at capturing live action. Originally inspired to pick up a camera to document aid work she was doing in Guyana and Africa, O’Neill began to take pictures in 1995, a passion that evolved into career, as she now shoots for clients including lululemon athetica, Bell Canada, Yyoga, WB, TW, Men’s Journal, Bike Magazine & Explore.

Robin’s piece, Tree Tops, was selected to show in this year’s Telus World SKi & Snowboard Festivals fine art show. The image was captured while doing a heli shoot for WB in an effort to document the Peak to Peak Gondola experience. The show, titled State of the Art, opened Saturday April 18th. The image hangs 7 feet wide to give the viewer an experience of the expanse.

Robin O’Neill’s work is one of 150 pieces showcased at State of the Art, in the Grand Foyer of the Conference Centre, April 18-25, at the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

Shannon Gunning, of Calgary, Alberta, is the baby sister of Canada’s current national halfpipe champion Megan Gunning.  Best to find out what kind of…

Shannon Gunning, of Calgary, Alberta, is the baby sister of Canada’s current national halfpipe champion Megan Gunning. Best to find out what kind of cereal these girls eat – Shannon is doing 900s in the pipe, won silver at the half pipe Canadian series at Cypress last month, and is competing in the World Skiing Invitational’s Superpipe contest. Oh, did we mention that she’s 12 years old? Take a sneak peek on the future.

Jen played Seelix in Battlestar Gallactica, which TWSSF coordinator, Lisa Richardson confesses to have loved, even though, when her husband brought…

Jen played Seelix in Battlestar Gallactica, which TWSSF coordinator, Lisa Richardson confesses to have loved, even though, when her husband brought the first DVD home, she replied, “do I look like some kind of Star Trek geek to you?” A Vancouver filmmaker and actress, Halley has appeared in many locally based productions included her recurring role as Seelix on the 4 seasons of BSG, Supernatural, Chris Isaak Show and Stargate SG-1.

Not just a pretty face, she is a recent graduate from BCIT’s Journalism Program (with first class honours), co-produced Simon Schneider’s Urban Jungle Pilot and then went on to write, direct, produce and act in her first short film, Sarah in the Dark, which is screening throughout North America and the UK. It won best screenplay and best comedy runner-up at the Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, Best Comedy Runner-up at Stamford Short Film Festival, and Best Actress for Ms. Halley. She is currently working on two more short films, Cold and Sunny and Where’s Mia? slated for production this Fall and next Spring. She is also developing a Television comedy series and two feature films.

Jen Halley is a reviewer for the 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown and went into lockdown on Monday April 20 to watch almost sixty 5 minute short films, all completed in the previous 72 hours. 8 finalists were selected and screened at the Gala Screening on Tuesday April 21 2009, with the winner receiving $15,000 in cash and prizes.

When Lauren Graham was 22 years old her short film

When Lauren Graham was 22 years old her short film “Insert Meaning Here,” won Best in Show at the TWSSF 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown.

Graham also made an all girls snowboard film, “Conformed,” before transitioning from action films to documentary-making, with a long journey to document the early snow and skate culture showcased in the early cult Whiskey videos, a documentary called “Vague Upbringing.” After struggling to sell the film, which she half seriously says is a “film about barf,” Lauren headed for the hills – she can see the Hollywood sign from her office in LA, where she is currently working on several documentaries, and pursuing her dream of becoming a producer.

Her short new media film is one of 8 amazing finalists selected to be screened at the Festival’s first ever ThreePointOh. She told Sara Tollestrop, in a recent interview in SBC Women that “living in Whistler was one of the greatest times in my life! It was so fun. I was just learning how to express myself in front of other people. It was straight from the heart, raw and pure.” But life in LA, while it took a year to get used to, is good. “At first I was tripped out on all of the driving, but now I ride my bmx everywhere. I haven’t felt this alive about anything in a really long time. Hollywood seemed so intimidating, and it’s true you get kicked down a lot. Plus, everyone is too good looking to even look at each other, but I love it. I’m a Hollywood dreamer.”

Since he made the cover of the Rolling Stone (the only athlete apart from Evil Knievl to have done so) Shaun White became the snowboarder that…

Since he made the cover of the Rolling Stone (the only athlete apart from Evil Knievl to have done so) Shaun White became the snowboarder that everyone knows. His female counterparts, however, enjoy a little more anonymity. Maybe it’s time to change that.

Spencer O’Brien was the overall winner of the women’s Dew Cup this year. (Shaun White won the male Dew Cup, the first to win both winter and summer tours.) Spencer O’Brien, or “SKO” to many, grew up on Vancouver Island, BC. Influenced by her shredder parents and older sisters, Spencer opted to focus on snowboarding and began to compete at regional events. By the age of 18 Spencer had come 2nd a the slopestyle at the 2006 U.S. Open where she was named rookie rider of the year.

She must be almost ready to outgrow the Rookie tag – at just 20 years of age, she has under her belt the title from Transworld Snowboarding of 2008 Rookie of the Year, slopestyle 3rd at X-Games 12, and the overall title of the Winter Dew Tour. Spencer has been featured in several snowboard films including Misschief’s “Ro Sham Bo” and Runway’s “la la Land,” and has adopted Whistler/Blackcomb as her home hill.

Spencer O’Brien was one of several top name female snowboarders, (also including Molly Milligan, Hana Beaman, Chanelle Sladics, Mercedes Nicoll, and Sarah Conrad), who took part in Grenade Games when it came to Whistler for the first time in its 5 year history, April 20-26.

Ace is what you get if you cross Tinkerbell with the Absinthe Fairy. Whistler’s truth-serum – she has run events, been the muse for extreme skiing…

Ace is what you get if you cross Tinkerbell with the Absinthe Fairy. Whistler’s truth-serum – she has run events, been the muse for extreme skiing filmmakers, and calls credibility based on how much heart goes into something. She won the 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown in 2003 with Weekend Warrior, a hilarious skewering of city boys who assume they can impress a girl with their mountain mojo… withour realizing said girl is likely to be able to kick their ass from here to the bottom of Spanky’s Ladder.

In a Freeskier interview last year, Leslie Anthony said, “Ace is one of a handful of relentlessly spectacularly creative athlete/artists who never let the status quo or the received view of anything get in their way, and have a sense of humour about it.”

This year, Ace as Foxy Moron, joined Team Canada, Mr. Fister and Surgeon at the first Silent Disco in BC, a the GLC, Saturday April 18. A party without speakers, attendees received a free Skullcandy headset at the door with a tuner enabling dancers to plug into their choice of three of the hottest DJ sets to come together during the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival.