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The Great Snow-Earth-Water Race Returns!


The Great Snow Earth Water Race is being revived in 2014. A truly organic Whistler experience, we at the museum are really excited to see the return of this awesome event.

The original race began in 1975 and involved skiing, canoeing, cycling and running. Thirty teams composed of five men and women took part in that first year and the race was won by a dream team made up of Dave Murray, Trudy Alder, D.J. Muzullo, Nancy Greene Raine and Joe Czimazia. In the beginning there were very few rules, so a certain amount of “questionable” tactics were employed, including driving down the mountain!

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Competitors began at the top of Whistler Mountain where they would ski to wherever the snow finished. From there they would have to run the rest of the way down to Creekside (in ski boots, carrying their skis). At Creekside the baton was passed off to a cyclist, who would ride around Alta Lake and pass it off to the canoeists. The paddlers worked their way up the lake to the first weir on the River of Golden Dreams. Then they handed off to runners who ran back along the highway to Creekside.

Apparently, Great Race canoeist copythe canoeing was the most amusing part for bystanders. Dave Steers recalls, “Most of the teams had members who could tell the front of a canoe from the back. A few teams didn’t even have that.” Consequently there were plenty of tipped canoes and great hilarity for all.

As the years went on the race evolved to include more sports. In the 2014 revival there will be six stages: ski or snowboard touring, ski or snowboard downhill, downhill mountain biking, running, canoeing and cross-country biking.

If you fancy putting a team together it’s sure to be hilarious fun. Visit http://www.greatoutdoorsfest.com for details. The race is also in need of volunteers to help all go smoothly, so if you have spare time on May 18th and want to sign up for a piece of pure Whistler fun, you won’t regret it!

Return of the Slush Cup

Photograph by Greg Griffith.

Photograph by Greg Griffith.

As Doug Larson once said, “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush” – and in this case, we’ll feel like whistling with a ski boot full of slush!

This year marks the return of the infamous Slush Cup, where competitors attempt to clear a massive slush pit. While the origins of the Slush Cup are uncertain, our archives suggest that the event has been a part of Whistler’s history for quite some time.

The Great Slush Cup is one of the closing activities at GO Fest and will be held on Monday, May 19th at Glacier Creek Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain. This seems like a fitting festival ender, as participants are encouraged to “dress to impress” (meaning as outlandish as possible, of course), so everyone will be ready to hit the clubs and after-parties in their swimwear, dinosaur costumes and nude-suits – whichever you prefer!

Find out more about GO Fest and the Great Slush Cup here.

The 16th Annual LEGO Building Competition – Sign Up Now!

Attention all LEGO Builders! Registration is open for our 16th Annual Children’s LEGO Building Competition!

The 16th Annual LEGO Building Competition will be happening on August 25th at the Whistler Musuem. There are great prizes to be won and fun times to be had! This year’s theme will be “Design Your Ultimate Whistler Hideway”! Anyone aged 3-12 is welcome to enter.

To register, drop by the Museum at 4333 Main St, call us at (604) 932-2019, or email robyn@whistlermuseum.org. This hugely popular event sells out every year; reserve your space by registering today! Registration costs $5 per child aged 3-12. Preregistration is necessary.

Check out our blog post from last year’s event!