Head North for the Whistler Film Festival
WHERE: Whistler, British Columbia, for the WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL (12/4–12/8; whistlerfilmfestival.com). WHAT: Imagine Telluride’s famed movie fest with fewer Hollywood A-listers, more Canadian accents, and arguably better mountain views and skiing. This year, après-ski celeb sightings could include Jason Priestley, whose debut directorial effort, Cas & Dylan, kicks off the fest. BONUS TRACKS: Two new high-speed chairlifts on Whistler—including a six-pack up the heavenly Harmony Zone—mean shorter lines and more time for shredding cruisers, bowls and glades (whistlerblackcomb.com). DON’T MISS: Free outdoor ice skating alongside the iconic interlocking rings in the Whistler Olympic Plaza—a medals ceremony site during the 2010 Vancouver games--perfect for stoking your competitive fire ahead of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, this February. GETTING THERE: Head north on I-5 and drive for approximately four-plus hours, depending on road conditions and traffic at the border crossing.