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Whistler teems with partying Vancouverites, especially during the off-season. Three days provide plenty of time for zipping, skiing, biking, or whatever your alpine adventure may be.

But you'll quickly discover that it's a very happening place almost every day, with open-air concerts throughout the summer and weekly shows in winter with the area's best skiers and riders jumping through blazing rings of fire.

Festivals

FEB.: With Winterpride Whistler (www.gaywhistler.com), the resort heats up for a week with naughty nightlife, fine dining, fabulous apr├Ęs-ski, and slope-side fun.

APR.: The raucous Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival (www.whistler.com) end-of-the-season bash fills 10 days with music, arts, fashion shows, and extreme sports.

MAY: Fitness demonstrations, health seminars, and other events focus on wellness at Whistler Wellness Week (www.whistlerwellness.com).

JULY: More than 100 daredevil racers from all over the world hurtle down S-bends at breakneck speeds during Whistler Longboard Festival (www.whistlerlongboard.com).

AUG.: The annual Kokanee Crankworx (www.crankworx.com) mountain-bike festival showcases the sport's boldest and most talented athletes as they whip down double black-diamond runs; there are also daily concerts and a huge downhill biking scene.

NOV.: There's a little bit of everything at Cornucopia (www.whistlercornucopia.com), an annual festival for foodies and oenophiles. The grand gala do is a veritable who's who in the Pacific Northwest wine industry.

DEC.: The annual Whistler Film Festival ( www.whistlerfilmfestival.com ) features world premieres from top directors, industry events, and parties, all with a Canadian focus.

Visitor Information

Contacts

Tourism Whistler (800/944-7853. www.whistler.com.)

Whistler Visitor Information and Activity Center (4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC, V0N 1B4. 604/932-0606. www.whistler.com.)

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