2007 Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival with LG Electronics

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Free booze, free food . . . add in a free ride up to and from Whistler with a bus-load of lingerie models courtesy of LG Electronics and I was sold. Actually they had me at free ;) Went up with my Online Guru at the invitation of LG, who were spotlighting their Black Chocolate,White Chocolate cell phones (LG 8500) and introducing their brand-spanking new Chocolate Flip Phone (LG 8600). It’s a sleek number that one with a nice black piano finish! “The Chocolate phone series is the ultimate in mobile phone luxury,” said Andrew Barrett, VP of Marketing for LG Electronics Canada, “so launching the TELUS Chocolate Flip Phone in the style-savvyimgp4113.JPG imgp4112.JPGresort of Whistler is the perfect marriage. We’re celebrating the fusion of technology, music, action sports and fashion by bringing the Ultimate LG Experience to Canadians at a Festival renowned for its fusion of sport, music and arts to celebrate personal style.”

The LG Chocolate Temptation kicked off the first day of the imgp4114.JPG2007 Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival with flare as they incorporated lingerie/swimwear shows (designs by couture exclusive Shan from Montreal), the Chocolate Flip big air extravaganza and outdoor concerts by Canadian bands Jets Overhead and Sam Roberts. LG themes of fashion, function and fun are fused into their lines of Chocolate cellular phones and are reflected in the day’s events.

The day started out quiet and EARLY with Stephen picking me up at 7am. Had a decent eggs bennyimgp4096.JPG imgp4094.JPGbreakfast and coffee and we were off to meet the models and their entourage for the ride up to Whistler. The bus was one of those huge tour buses with a washroom so there was lots of room to spread out for the 20 some-odd people getting on. The bus picked us up at 9am. No crazy party bus here, everybody was too busy trying to catch up on some sleep, lol. Arrived in Whistler around noon and here is where Stephen and I parted ways with the models until the return trip :( They had to get imgp4097.JPGglammed up for their teaser show scheduled for 3pm on the slope-side outdoor stage. Stephen and I headed off to theimgp4098.JPG media centre to check in with our chaperones/media contacts from High Road Communications, Angela and Marina. We were assigned our Special Guest passes, which gave us almost unlimited access to the entire festival, including free lift rides. Would have been great if we had time to get some snowboarding in. Then we were encouraged to stock up on free swag, generously provided by Schick, Malibu, Coca-Cola, Biore and Old tag1.JPGSpice. I now have enough Schick razor blades, Malibu chapstick, Rockstar energy drinks, Biore nose strips and Old Spiceimgp4108.JPG body wash to last a lifetime. If your birthday is coming up you know what I’m getting you as a birthday present ;) Yahoo also provided computer work stations, Blogger Zones, with free internet access.

Stephen and I were eager to explore Whistler Village and visit some of the other vendor booths scattered around town, Sony Playstation came in full force with an 18 wheeler trailer imgp4109.JPGwhere visitors were encouraged to play various PSP and Playstation 2 and 3 games. Being the first day of the festival, a lot of the other booths were still setting up and we were looking forward to heading up to the GLC bar & grill for our viewing of the teaser lingerie show and the afternoons live band performance. We also received an additional VIP pass that gave us special access to the LG sponsored events, which included unlimited food and drink, courtesy of the fine, fine folks at LG.tag2.JPG Gotta love my pass photo of me showing my appreciation with a chocolate covered strawberry in one hand and a vodka/red imgp4110.JPGbull in the other. I let Stephen take pictures of the teaser show as I was preoccupied stuffing my face and downing Grey Goose vodka/red bulls. I have to give the models credit though, it was cold and snowing but the models pulled through it with grace. Real troopers those models! I had a few drinks on their behalf :)

We spent the rest of the afternoon getting our fill of food and drink, meeting other media, imgp4115.JPGLG representatives and playing around with the new LG Chocolate Flip phone. At 7pm, we made ourimgp4111.JPG way stage-side (gotta love VIP status) for the lingerie/swimwear fashion show. Then we ran over to the jump hill and took some photos of the Chocolate Flip Big Air Extravaganza, the prizes were some nice LG plasma tv’s and LG Chocolate phones. After the flip contest, we made our way back for the finale fashion show back at the main stage. I learned one thing throughout this experience . . . I need a new camera. My digital camera imgp4116.JPGwas far too slow to take all the action photos and over half of the photos I took were too blurry to beimgp4120.JPG worth showing, either that or I was colder than I thought and my shivering caused all the trouble. Either way, I did my best and I’m sure Stephen has much better photos to show you of the LG Chocolate Temptation, taken on his digital SLR.

Great day overall, Stephen and I were exhausted from drinking all day, lol. We met up with the models again around 10pm to board the bus for our ride back to Vancouver. Got home around 1am and this exhausted warrior was off to sleepy land.imgp4118.JPG

imgp4117.JPGMany thanks to the folks at LG Electronics and High Road Communications for inviting us to Whistler for the festival, in particular our lovely hostesses, Angela and Marina, for their great hospitality. Looking forward to the next event!

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Comment by Christian
2007-04-14 16:08:43
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The huge grin on your face says it all… lucky bastard…

 
Comment by Bob Buskirk
2007-04-14 17:30:28
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Looks like a great time, those dell’s look like the same ones I used in high school!

 
Comment by Shawn Knight Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-14 21:56:27
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Looks like you guys had a great time. But no free Chocolate cell phone? BOO!! hah

Comment by Stephen Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-15 21:00:19
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No, that’s Booze. Free Booze. You left out the “ZE” :P

 
 
Comment by Ed Lau
2007-04-15 02:15:22
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Looks like a fun trip. Now you kinda know what it was like to party at E3 and Comdex back in the day!

They’re just “launching” that phone now!? It’s been around for at least 7-8 months now…

Comment by Bob Buskirk
2007-04-15 14:13:08
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He we saw these phones at CES!

Comment by Ed Lau
2007-04-16 12:45:00
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I could’ve bought one in like…August.

Comment by Leo
2007-04-16 12:52:31
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I’ve seen the Black and White chocolate phones (LG 8500) out for a while, but the Chocolate Flip (LG 8600) was just introduced to the Canadian market and I have yet to see it in stores.
You must have seen one of those cheap, Chinese rip-offs at the Richmond Night Market Ed ;) Maybe it was spelled Chalklate.

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Comment by Bob Buskirk
2007-04-16 20:03:45
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got a link to the new LG 8600?

 
Comment by Ed Lau
2007-04-16 20:21:14
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Ohhh…this one is CDMA. I was talking about the GSM version. Either way, it’s been out for almost a year now. There are retailers in Canada that get phones before Fido, Telus, Rogers, etc…who the heck buys from the providers anyways?

 
 
 
 
 
Comment by Gdog
2007-04-15 03:44:55
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You guys definitely partied in style! Your pictures aren’t half bad…but bring on Stephen’s photos!

Comment by Stephen Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-15 20:59:50
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Stephen’s photos are posted ;)

 
 
2007-04-15 20:01:28
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[...] you know, Leo Chiang and me rode up on a bus with Lingerie Models to check out the official launch of the Chocolate [...]

 
Comment by Norma Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-16 03:58:30
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Your pass photo is deliciously sinful. ;^P

 
Comment by Ang Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-16 10:29:27
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I love it! Looks like you had a good time ;)

 
2007-05-07 12:04:16
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[...] at the invite of our friends at High Road Communications, who also invited us previously to the LG Chocolate Fashion Show in Whistler.  Unfortunately, Stephen wasn’t feeling so well and Ed valiantly stepped up to take his [...]

 
2007-06-24 21:02:52
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[...] Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be [...]

 
2008-04-12 19:29:50
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[...] all, once again I am back up in Whistler for the 2008 Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival.  Up with Stephen and I this year are Michael Kwan, Ed Lau, Brice Wong and the evil John [...]

 
2008-04-13 02:35:08
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[...] and media.  A buffet style burger station was set-up to feed our appetites.  Unfortunately, unlike last year where LG sponsored the spectacular event, there was no free [...]

 
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