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New Exhibit Opening Tonight!

The 29th annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is right around the corner! This week of January 23 – 30, 2022 will be chock-full of events dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and fun. Coinciding with this year’s festivities, the museum is pleased to announce the launch of a new temporary exhibit titled Pride & Progress: From the Grassroots Altitude to the Fearless Whistler Pride and Ski Festival.

Opening to the public this evening, Tuesday, January 25, 2022, the exhibit will take visitors through a visual and descriptive history of Whistler Pride.

Whistler’s rainbow crosswalks are just one example of increased visibility mentioned by Dean Nelson during our online talk in February 2021. Photo courtesy of Dean Nelson.

The challenges and triumphs leading up to the world-renown festival we know today weave a fascinating narrative. The story begins in 1992, when Altitude – as it was known then – covertly hosted around seventy participants for a gay ski week at Whistler Mountain. From these humble beginnings, the festival continued to grow, welcoming more guests and hosting increasingly renowned performers with each year, all the while working to create a safe space for the LGBTQ2s+ community in our mountain town.

The story of Whistler Pride wouldn’t be complete without an exploration of the relationship between the LGBTQ2S+ community and mountain sports. Centering on Pride House, the LGBTQ2S+ pavilion established during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games was a beacon of courage, visibility, and support for queer athletes to be their authentic selves. As the struggle for acceptance continues, this section of the exhibit invites visitors to reflect on the presence of homophobia in sport, and the importance of safe spaces to create awareness and encourage important conversations.

Whistler’s Pride House was located at the Pan Pacific Village Centre and was very visible from outside. Photo courtesy of Clare Johnson.

The exhibit will also feature artifacts, photographs, and films from the past 29 years of the festival in its various forms that will give insight to these historic Pride events. Thanks to Dean Nelson, former festival director (2008 – 2018), for donating many of the artifacts and archival materials being used for the exhibit.

We’re also happy to announce that our extensive collection of Whistler Pride records and materials have now been officially catalogued, rehoused, and published on our online database. Here you can find descriptions on various events, promotions, photographs, and audiovisuals to name a few. Please browse through at your leisure for more information on the history of the festival.

Some of the materials donated as part of the Whistler Pride collection.

We will be celebrating opening night of Pride & Progress: From the Grassroots Altitude to the Fearless Whistler Pride and Ski Festival on this evening, January 25, 2022 with evening hours from 6 to 9 pm. We will also be open from 11 am – 5 pm on Wednesday, January 26. As ever, entry is by donation and masks are required for all visitors to the museum – we hope to see you all here! Otherwise, the exhibit will be on display during our normal operating hours until April 19, 2022.

Not quite ready for an in-person visit? Our 2021 Speaker Series conversation with Dean Nelson is also available to watch on our YouTube channel here.

Chris Monaghan is the assistant archivist at the Whistler Museum and Archives. He has been here on a Young Canada Works contract through the fall and winter.

Exhibit Opening Tuesday

One of the larger donations to the archives in 2020 was a collection of materials from the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, charting its evolution from the 1990s to the 2010s. That donation forms the backbone of our next temporary exhibit, looking at the history of Pride in Whistler.

We will have extended hours for the opening evening of Pride & Progress on Tuesday, January 25 from 6 – 9 pm and will be open 11 am – 5 pm on Wednesday, January 26. The exhibit will run through April 19. We hope to see you there!

2021 Virtual Speaker Series begins this week!

Our 2021 Virtual Speaker Series kicks off this Wednesday, February 17 with Whistler Pride: A Look Back with Dean Nelson!

The Whistler Pride and Ski Festival has been taking place in Whistler for almost 30 years but it hasn’t always been as visible as it is now.  Beginning as a small weekend gathering in 1992, the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival has since become one of the largest queer-focused ski weeks in the world.  We’ll be taking a look back at how it started and how it has grown with one of its long-time organizers Dean Nelson, followed by a Q&A with Dean and the audience.

Register for the event for free here or contact us at the Whistler Museum.

Upcoming Events

We are very excited to announce some upcoming events from the Whistler Museum!

First up is Family Day Kids Après: Home Edition.  We won’t be able to host our annual Kids Après at the museum this year, so we’re making it possible to take some of the museum experience home.  Our Kids Après Activity Book shares some of the stories from our exhibits alongside colouring pages, trivia, mazes and more that the whole family can enjoy.  For the Family Day Weekend (February 12 – 15), we’ll be creating Family Day Kids Après Packages that will include an Activity Book and the supplies for two Kids Après crafts.  We will be posting craft videos (similar to the craft videos created by our amazing student Jasmin for Crafts in the Park last summer) online here on February 12 so that you can craft along with us at your convenience at home.  Family Day Kids Après Packages are free and will be available at the museum from 11am February 12.  (Please note that packages will not include scissors or glue.)

Next, we have our 2021 Virtual Speaker Series.  We will be kicking off on Wednesday, February 17 with Whistler Pride: A Look Back with Dean Nelson.   The Whistler Pride & Ski Festival has been taking place in Whistler for almost 30 years and we’re taking a look back at how it started and how it has grown with one of its long-time organizers Dean Nelson.  You can register for the event here or contact us at the museum.

In March, we are pleased to be looking at the history of journalism and publication in Whistler with Paul Burrows, Charlie Doyle, Bob Barnett and Clare Ogilvie.  Then, in April freestyle skiing legends Stephanie Sloan and Mike Douglas will be sharing more about the sport that once included competitive ski ballet.

May we’ll be back with the 6th annual (or is it 5th? We’re not entirely sure how to count annual events after 2020) Mountain Bike Heritage Week.  We’ll be sharing more details about all upcoming events soon, so be sure to stay tuned.

*All events through spring 2021 will be presented virtually.  While we can’t wait to see everyone in person once again, our limited space is unlikely to allow in person events in the near future.