Whistler’s Sea to Sky Nordic Festival Largest Nordic Skiing Event in Callaghan Valley
Over the next 16 days the Callaghan Valley in Whistler is hosting its largest ever sporting event, the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival. Hosted from March 15 to March 30th at the Whistler Olympic Park, the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival is the Canadian National Championships for four Nordic winter sports including Cross-Country Skiing, Biathlon, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined. This is the first time that all four major Nordic winter sport disciplines for the Canadian National Championships have been hosted together at the same venue during the same time period.
Sea to Sky Festival Aims to Grow Nordic Winter Skiing Exposure
For visitors staying in Whistler, all the events are free to watch for spectators unless you’re looking to ski or snowshoe in Whistler’s Olympic Park. Event organizers of Whistler’s largest Nordic ski festival say that they expect about 900 athletes at the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival – the 2010 Winter Olympics drew about 600 Nordic athletes to Whistler – with the goal of growing awareness to Nordic winter sport disciplines in Canada, raising the profile of the Whistler Olympic Park, and increasing the awareness of Whistler cross-country skiing and Nordic skiing. On March 30th, the festival will close with a one-kilometer race in the Whistler Olympic Park stadium area between the two festival mascots, Klister and Yeti.
The Sea to Sky Festival will help to promote the long-term goal of Whistler and Canada’s cross-country community to attract a World Cup event to Whistler Olympic Park, hopefully in 2018. On March 18, a Biathlon Champ Camp will be led by Canadian national team biathletes focused on biathlon, skiing, yoga, and dance for girls aged nine to 19. If you’re vacationing in Whistler during Spring Break, the Sea to Sky Nordic Festival is a great way to enjoy family fun in Whistler’s Callaghan Valley and expose your kids to Whistler cross-country skiing opportunities.