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Nelson in Ski Town Throwndown finals

Mayor John Dooley continues to pound the pavement to get people to vote for Nelson. - Bob Hall photo
Mayor John Dooley continues to pound the pavement to get people to vote for Nelson.
— image credit: Bob Hall photo

Nelson is within striking distance of becoming Powder Magazine’s Ski Town Throwdown champion.

On Tuesday night voting opened in final of the competition. It’s Rossland/Nelson taking on Bozeman, Montana for supreme bragging rights as the top ski town in North America.

In the semi-finals earlier this week Rossland/Nelson easily disposed of Sandpoint, Idaho with a tally of 3,224 to 1,776.

The two local cities, which were grouped together for the purpose of the competition, had already advanced through three rounds of voting — defeating Sugarloaf, Whitefish and Crested Butte — by collecting more votes on Facebook than the competition in each two-day voting block.

Semi-final challenger Sandpoint is home of Schweitzer Mountain and there is currently talk at city council of making the Idaho community a sister city.

Bozeman narrowly defeated Fernie in the other semi-final.

To cast your ballot for your favourite ski town, go to facebook.com/powdermag and click "Rossland/Nelson vs. Bozeman" in the page banner. (Or Click here to go straight to the voting app.)

There are prizes to be won for voting. By posting a message in the Rossland/Nelson comment thread in the voting app, you'll be entered to win a pair of day passes to Whitewater Ski Resort, Red Mountain and a ticket to Shambhala Music Festival.

Voting will only be open until Christmas Eve. You can only vote once per IP address, per 24 hour period (but if you get your first vote in early, you’ll be able to squeeze in more).

The winner of this round will take the title of best ski town in North America and have a feature article in Powder.

 

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