I often get asked by visitors to BC, “What’s there to do up at Whistler in the summer?” Besides luging, mini-golfing, hiking, biking and all that typical outdoorsy stuff – here’s something out of the ordinary (or crazy) that is going on this weekend. The first annual Canadian Cheese Rolling Contest is happening at the base of Blackcomb Mountain at 1pm on Saturday August 16th!
So what exactly is cheese rolling anyway? Basically, a gigantic cheese wheel is thrown down a hill and everyone chases it. On the way down, racers lose their footing and end up tumbling, rolling, sliding and bumping down the hill – providing spectators great entertainment value.
Traditionally, the first person to get down the hill to the finish line wins the race. The weirdest thing is, the winner of the races gets to take home as a trophy, the edible 11-lb wheel of cheese that they were chasing! (Oh and also Whistler Blackcomb season passes).
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