Whistler's Springtime Festival

Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival

Whistler, BC, April 1, 2003 - This year's TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival is featuring non-stop action sport movies on the big screen with a world premiere showing of Kranked 5 and two film festivals by Biglines.com and Sawtooth Films. This is the ideal chance to sit back and be taken on a visual journey by the death-defying stunts of the world's best action sports athletes.

Kranked 5: After an absence of nearly two years, Radical Films explodes into the consciousness of the Freeride phenomenon with Kranked 5: In Concert. Harnessing the most awesome new talent the mountain bike world has ever seen, Kranked 5 features RedBull Rampage winners Tyler Klassen and Darren Berrecloth, style master Thomas Vanderham, infamous trials master Ryan Leech, Aussie Speed Demon Johnny Waddell, the Superhero?s Aaron Peters, Gareth Dyer, Brian O and Randy Spangler, and Andrew Shandro. Kicking off the World Tour in Canada, Kranked 5 will premiere at TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival at 6:30pm and 9pm on April 13th at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler's Macdonald Ballroom. Tickets are available at local bike shops in Whistler and Squamish, and are $12 (adults) and $6 (students under 12). Check www.radical-films.com for more information.

Biglines.com Snow Film Fiesta: For the Biglines.com 2nd Annual Snow Film Fiesta, an entire evening on April 12 is dedicated to original snowsports adventure from some of the best photographers and filmmakers in North America! To be held at Merlins, the Snow Film Fiesta will feature photography and cinematography from such rock stars as Ryan Creary, Eric Crosland, Paul Cotton of 2 Track Productions, The Climb Sepu movie by Marmot/Gore-Tex, Big Mountain Canada Productions, Thunderbolt Productions, NS Media, The Ride Guide, Storm Show Studios, Loose Cannon Productions, Freeskier Productions, Biglines.com and many more! For more information check out the events page on www.biglines.com. Playing April 12, 8pm at Merlin's, tickets are $10 at the door.

Sawtooth Adrenaline Film Festival: This year, Sawtooth Films returns to the Festival with a collection of adventure and adrenaline films featuring kayaking, mountain biking, base jumping, kite boarding, skiing and even unicycling. Sawtooth Films has been entertaining audiences for four years with its adrenaline charged film tours throughout the United States, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. Sawtooth Films presentations showcase the safe execution of extreme and adventurous sports by experienced professionals, and draw a highly motivated audience. Sawtooth Films selects footage and segments from the newest, most adrenaline charged, and daring sports films of the year. Working with the best-known names in the industry as well as independent first-timers, they create a diverse mix of high quality heart-pumping entertainment. This year?s collection of films includes work from Scott Lindgren Productions, Teton Gravity Research, Treetop Films, Black & White Productions and more. Playing April18, 9.30pm, at Millennium Place, tickets are $10, and available at Ticketmaster or at the door. Check out www.sawtoothfilms.com for more information.

The 8th TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival is a 10-day high-energy event fusing sports, music and action, April 11-20. Festival highlights include: Ripzone Snowboard Invitational; free DKNY//JEANS LIVE Outdoor Concert Series; Garnier Fructis World Skiing Invitational featuring Salomon Big Air and Superpipe; Pro Photographer Search and Showdown, presented by Sony; Panasonic Filmmaker Showdown; Exposure Seminar Series, RBC Olympic FanFair and RBC Rink on the Mountain; Super Demo Days; Biglines.com Snow Film Fiesta; Whistler DogFest; Saab Salomon Crossmax Series; and the Kokanee Freeride.

Accommodation package deals: Accommodation package deals start at just $299 CAD or $199 USD for 4 nights? accommodation plus a 3-day lift ticket for Whistler Blackcomb (per person, based oon double occupancy, plus taxes based on US exchange rates at time of printing). For reservations call 1-877-972-7374 and for event information visit www.livelarge.ca.

About W1
W1 is a Whistler-based design and production agency specialising in sports and entertainment, best known for founding and developing the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Designed eight years ago by W1's president Doug Perry, the Festival has grown exponentially into one of the largest events of its kind in the world, driving and showcasing innovation in snowsports, music and visual arts. For further information please visit www.livelarge.ca.