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Thousands of skiers and snowboarders wait in line at the base of Whistler gondola on opening day of the ski resort in Whistler, B.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
Thousands of skiers and snowboarders wait in line at the base of Whistler gondola on opening day of the ski resort in Whistler, B.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

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Whistler Opening

Lots of snow fell this week and the weatherman says there’s plenty more where that came from, so pack up those skis and boards and take a few powdery turns at Whistler, where they’ve given Mother Nature a leg up by making enough snow to cover 250 football fields with a foot of the white stuff (whistlerblackcomb.com). Prefer to go local? Hit Grouse Mountain, which just opened its slopes yesterday (grousemountain.com).

Yale Hotel Anniversary

Celebrate a watering hole that has survived fires, earthquakes and 13 decades of revelers at the Yale’s 130th Anniversary, featuring Jim Byrnes, Murray Porter, Jerry Doucette, the Dal Richards Orchestra and many more. Don’t miss out, because the venerable hotel closes for an 18-month heritage overhaul Monday (through Sunday, theyale.ca). Still got the blues? Cure all that ails you when the King of the Blues himself, B.B. King, rolls into the River Rock Saturday (ticketmaster.ca).

Eastside Culture Crawl

Check out paintings, sculptures, pottery, photographs, furniture, jewelry and much more by over 300 artists – many of whom you can meet in person – at the Eastside Culture Crawl, one of Vancouver’s most fun and festive art events (through Sunday, eastsideculturecrawl.com). Then head for the CAG where you’ll find two new shows – the first Canadian exhibition of work by Britain’s Robert Orchardson, and the Canadian debut of Endless Renovation by Corin Sworn (until Jan. 15, contemporaryartgallery.ca).

3 Fold

Help kick off Ballet BC’s new season at 3 Fold, made up of three works that explore everything from Italian Renaissance poetry to the relationship between body and space (Saturday, balletbc.com). More great dance? Don’t miss Noam Gagnon’s Thank You, You’re Not Welcome, a series of frenzied vignettes that the Holy Body Tattoo co-founder created from fragments of memory, images from cautionary kids’ tales, and snippets from the past (at the Shadbolt Saturday, shadboltcentre.com.) Read the review in Globe Arts, S12.

Amnesty International Film Festival

Travel from the Nicaraguan jungle to Guantanamo Bay, and from North Korea to mines deep below the Congo at the Amnesty International Film Festival, a weekend-long fest that shines a light on human rights abuses – and victories – around the world (at SFU Harbour Centre, amnestyfilmfest.ca).

Gordon Lightfoot

Catch Canadian folk icon Gordon Lightfoot, who just turned 73 on Thursday – and still spends nearly 100 days a year on tour (at the Centre Sunday, ticketmaster.ca). Want rock ‘n’ roll that goes to 11? Give your ears fair warning, then see blistering indie icons Death From Above 1979 – who recently reunited and hit the road (at the Commodore Sunday and Monday, ticketmaster.ca).

Vancouver Men’s Show

Guys get to skip the craft sales and check out the 1st annual Vancouver Men’s Show – a testosterone-fueled playground that features the hottest cars, high-end retail, beer and spirit tastings, BBQ demos, an Abbotsford Heat slap shot contest, strongman competitions, a poker tournament and more (at Tradex, vancouvermensshow.com). Feeling a little long in the tooth? Hit the Zoomer Show, where you can learn about everything from bone health to effective investing, try your hand at yoga or square dancing, catch a set by classical guitar legend Liona Boyd and more (zoomershow.ca).

Clayoquot Oyster Festival

Get your fill of the ocean’s bounty at the Clayoquot Oyster Festival, where you can take an oyster farm tour, whoop it up at the Mermaid’s Ball, then head to the Oyster Gala, where you can shuck and slurp your way through an endless supply of tasty crustaceans (Saturday, oystergala.com).

Terra Madre Day

For more delicious delights, step into the slow lane at Terra Madre Day – a celebration of sustainable food that features talks by local growers, cooking demos from top chefs and plenty of great local eats (at W2 Saturday, slowfoodvancouver.com), or shave a few years off your life at the Festival de la Poutine, an afternoon of French music, dance, circus and lots of ooey gooey goodness (at the Hellenic Community Centre, Saturday, francouver.ca).

Family Fuse Weekend

Got a budding artist in tow? Hit the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family Fuse Weekend, where little ones can dig for buried treasure, make sketch drawings inspired by West Coast art, catch contemporary ballet by the plastic orchid factory, hear thundering taiko and more (vanartgallery.bc.ca). For more kid-friendly fun, don’t miss Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, where you can giggle along to cartoons on a huge screen as the VSO plays the original scores live (through Monday, vancouversymphony.ca).

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