2015 World Ski and Snowboard Festival
Welcome to Whistler?
Spring is in the air, and the winter season officially drew to a close in Whistler, B.C. at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival earlier this month. On top of the final competitions of the year in freeskiing and snowboarding, the festival draws in everything from art and music to roller derby competition. Strap on your helmet and prepare to get festive.
The annual World Skiing Invitational took place during the Whistler festival. The invitational serves as the final championships of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals tour. Bobby Brown took the win in the men's slopestyle finals, bumping Brown up to second place on the end-of-season AFP slopestyle rankings.
Yuki steps up
In the women's slopestyle finals, it was all about Yuki Tsubota, who took first place against a stacked field and boosted her 2015 slopestyle ranking to the number two position.
McRae takes the top
McRae Williams took second place in the men's slopestyle competition behind Bobby Brown. The podium finish gave Williams enough points to land the top overall spot in the AFP rankings, usurping injured Gus Kenworthy. "I had one of the best seasons of my career this year," Williams said.
Reppin' for Canada
After his spectacular victory at X Games Aspen in Ski Big Air in January, Canada's Vincent Gagnier continued to dominate in Big Air with a win at the AFP world championships, cementing his status as the top Big Air competitor of the season.
Athletes contested the final slopestyle event of the AFP season after Friday weather delayed the finals to Saturday. Amidst parting clouds, Evan McEachran dropped in to the Blackcomb terrain park on his way to 11th place.
State of the art
Dozens of artists from around the world were invited to showcase their work at the festival's State of the ART exhibit, shown here, which was located in the Grand Foyer of the Whistler Conference Centre and was available for free viewing throughout the festival.
Brita Sigourney took fourth place in the women's halfpipe finals during the AFP world championships. Sigourney ended the season in fifth place overall in the AFP rankings. Now it's time to rest up and prepare for the next season.
Top of the pipe
It was the third major victory of the year for halfpipe skier Annalisa Drew, who won the women's contest in Whistler. She ends the season ranked third in the women's halfpipe standings.
Torin on top
No stranger to the top of the podium, Torin Yater-Wallace took home the win in the halfpipe at the AFP world championships. Lyman Currier was second, and Byron Wells finished third.
Four out of five times
Devin Logan, who took third place in the women's halfpipe contest in Whistler, accepted the Sarah Burke Trophy as the top overall ranked woman at the AFP awards dinner, held at Whistler's Bearfoot Bistro. It was Logan's fourth top overall award in five years.
Late night celebrations
After the skiing and snowboarding, after the art and the music and the films, there is the celebrating. A late-night dance party gets going at Whistler's Longhorn Saloon.
Best in show
The Olympus 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown, a regular tradition at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, challenges filmmakers to produce a three- to five-minute short film, all shot around Whistler in a 72-hour span. Ben Giesbrecht, Jordan Ettinger and Charles Nasby won with their film, "Grandpa's Treasure Trail." Their film also was voted winner of the People's Choice Award.
Pro photo showdown
Crowds take in the images at the Pro Photographer Showdown, where five top action sports photographers from around the globe showcase their work and judges determine an overall winner. German photographer Lorenz Holder won Best In Show and the $10,000 grand prize.
Scot Brown, who eventually took first, leads a semifinal heat over the water crossing and barrel obstacles in the boarderstyle contest, which places four riders head-to-head in a boardercross contest with slopestyle features. The event was part of the The Shred Show.