Want to get a couple free passes to Whistler Blackcomb for this winter season?
Al you have to do is catch a wheel of cheese! That’s right – a wheel of cheese.
On Saturday (Aug. 18), the resort hosts the fifth annual Cheese Rolling Festival, which features – go figure – a cheese-rolling contest. For the contest/race, an 11-pound wheel of cheese is rolled down a hill and everyone chases it, slipping, tripping and tumbling on the way down. The lucky winner gets to keep the cheese, and gets two ski season passes to Whistler Blackcomb! The event also features fun family activities, games, tastings and lots of fun ways for you and your family to enjoy Canadian cheese. Registration for the race starts at 11 a.m., and participants are asked to bring their own protective gear, however helmets will be provided.
Go to canadiancheeserolling.ca for more information.
Develop your photography skills
Discover your inner shutterbug this weekend (Aug. 18 and 19) with instructor Vivienne McMaster as she guides students through a photography workshop as part of the Whistler Arts Council’s Art Workshops on the Lake series.
During the two-day workshop, which takes place at various locations throughout Whistler, McMaster will help aspiring photographers to “explore their artistic voice through photography and to explore the world of self-portraiture and personal storytelling.”
The course, You Are Your Own Muse, costs $169 ($161 for WAC members).
Go to artswhistler.com for more information.
Also over the weekend (Aug. 17 to 19), instructor David Goatley leads an Art Workshop on the Lake in portraiture. According to WAC, the course works with models to “cover the basic proportions of the head – how it all fits together, how tone helps us build form, the role of composition and colour, various approaches to mixing the colours you see, and ways of thinking about making convincing features – all techniques to help you paint engaging portraits.”
The workshop takes place at the historic Alta Lake Station, and costs $299 ($285 for WAC members). Go to artswhistler.com for more information.
On Wednesday (Aug. 22), film and reggae lovers should head to the Whistler Olympic Plaza for a Celestial Cinema presentation of the movie Marley.
The movie, from Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald, is the definitive life story of Bob Marley – the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features “rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.”
The movie is free, starts at 8 p.m. (weather permitting) and bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Go to whistlerfilmfestival.com/Films-Events/celestial-cinema.html for more information.