The 17th annual Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival begins tomorrow in beautiful Whistler, BC, and before one of the biggest ski events and parties of the year gets underway, we wanted to take the time to hook you up with a look at what's about to go down.

First up, while Monster's The Shred Show is taking place on the first weekend of the Festival for the snowboarders, the AFP World Championships / World Skiing Invitational begins on Thursday, April 19th. Being that it's the last major competition of the year, the Association of Freeskiing Professionals has deemed the event its World Championships for the second year in a row, and at the conclusion of the Festival on Sunday, April 22nd, the AFP World Champions be crowned at a gala awards dinner in honor of Sarah Burke, followed by an after party at Buffalo Bills presented by AFP, Newschoolers and Freeskier.

Here's a look at the competition schedule for the AFP World Championships / World Skiing Invitational...

Thursday, April 19th – Slopestyle Qualifiers

10:45am - 12:30pm - Men's Heat 1

12:45pm - 3pm - Men's Heat 2

Friday, April 20th – Slopestyle Finals

10:45am - 12:30pm - Men's Slopestyle Eliminations

1:45pm - 3pm - Women's & Men's Slopestyle Finals

4pm - Slopestyle Awards

Saturday, April 21st – Big Air Finals

7pm - 7:45pm - Big Air Training

8pm - 10pm - Big Air Finals

10pm - Big Air Awards

Sunday, April 22nd - Superpipe Finals

10:15am - 11:45am - Men's Superpipe Eliminations (Heat 1)

11:45am - 1:30pm - Men's Superpipe Eliminations (Heat 2)

2:15pm - 3:15pm - Men's & Women's Superpipe Finals

3:15pm - 3:30pm - Superhit

4pm - Superpipe Awards

You'll also definitely want to check out the three iconic photo and film contests that will be going down during WSSF, beginning with the Olympus 72-Hour Filmmaker Showdown on Tuesday, April 17th, Intersection presented by Pique News Magazine on Wednesday, April 18th, and the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown on Thursday, April 19th.

For more information on the Olympus 72-Hour Filmmaker Showdown, click here.

For more information on Intersection presented by Pique News Magazine, click here.

For more information on the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, click here.

And in addition to all of the events, as anyone who's been to the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival in the past knows, the parties are legendary! So in an effort to help you plan out your evenings, here's a look at the wild parties the Longhorn Saloon and Buffalo Bills will be hosting each and every night, beginning with the Newschoolers Kick-Off Party tomorrow night at the Longhorn Saloon!

Buffalo Bills will also be hosting an epic party on Monday, April 16th that you won't want to miss called 'It's Gonna Be A House Pawty', which will be hosted by the one and only Sean Pettit.

And on Thursday, April 19th, Newschoolers has teamed up with our friends at Oakley, Monster, Voleurz, Molson and the Troustmen International Club of Leisure to present the Photo Booth Showdown at Maxx Fish, which will be hosted by the infamous Reed Speedman. During the party, attendees will be encouraged to have their photo taken with Speedman, and at the end of the night he'll pick his favorite one and shower the winner with swag, and then we'll upload the best ones the week after the Festival and ask you to vote for which one you think is the best!

On behalf of everyone at Whistler Blackcomb, the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival and Newschoolers...we look forward to seeing you in Whistler beginning tomorrow night!

For more information on the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, including the full schedule of events, be sure to check out http://www.wssf.com.


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