50 Women, One Mountain: The Early Bird Social at Whistler Blackcomb

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Methods, party shreds, yoga, photography, taco bars, euro carves, tequila shot-skis, life-sized jenga, and Mexican-themed photo shoots are just a few of the fun things that happened at Whistler-Blackcomb this past weekend at the Early Bird Social hosted by K2 Alliance Riders Leanne Pelosi and Taylor Godber. Professional snowboarders Annie Boulanger, Marie France Roy, Robin Van Gyn and Helen Schettini also joined in the festivities for a day on the mountain created for women, by women.

Friends from all over the Pacific Northwest and Canada joined together Saturday, December 6th for a day spent riding with the girls. The day started early with an hour of pre-shred yoga complimentary of Lululemon, a hearty and healthy breakfast (maple syrup included), followed by a day of riding with friends and pros alike. Whistler-Blackcomb hosted a free Avalanche Awareness Tour for the group, covering safe travel in the backcountry, terrain evaluation, ski patrol control measures and locations, rescue techniques, as well as an overview of avalanche safety equipment.

After a long day on the mountain party-lapping the park and finding any hidden pow slash to be found, the ladies headed back to the village for The Early Bird Social après party at For Lise. The après ski party and silent auction featured the work of photographers and artists Ashley Barker, Phil Tifo, Justin L’Heureux and Erin Hogue, donating all proceeds to Protect Our Winters supporting the efforts to reduce climate change.

Many thanks to the riders and sponsors that helped host The Earlybird Social as well as Whistler Blackcomb, Lululemon, For Lise, and Protect Our Winters. WHistler-Blackcomb is one of the few mountains already open in the Pacific Northwest, and fun turns were there if you knew where to look. We all look forward to kicking off next year’s season the same way – as the saying goes – the early bird gets the worm!


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