Whitewater is included among 64 best places to ski in this year's version of Powder Magazine's Ski Town Throwdown. Last year

Throwdown showdown returns to Nelson

Next week Powder Magazine is starting round one of this year’s version of the Ski Town Throwdown.

Get ready to throw it down — again!

With ski season still a skiff of powder away, next week Powder Magazine is starting round one of this year’s version of the Ski Town Throwdown.

Starting Monday, Whitewater Ski Resort is again in the running after taking top honours along with Rossland’s Red Mountain in last season’s Throwdown. Paired together, the local hills were voted Best Ski Town out of 32 throughout North America in an online competition embraced by lovers of the local ski scene.

Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism’s executive director Dianna Ducs said winning last year’s honours has helped bring tourists to the community.

“It absolutely benefitted us,” she said. “Whitewater got some big recognition as a top place to ski.”

This year, the powerhouse Whitewater and Rossland combo have been split up and will enter the Throwdown on their own, possibly facing each other. Entered in the Great White North division featuring ski hills from BC, Alberta and Alaska, Whitewater is pegged against Kelowna’s Big White in round one. Rossland takes on Kimberley.

Whitewater will be leading the charge this year, campaigning for their hill. Last year, the push for votes proved intense as the competition called for daily reminders to cast an online vote via Facebook. Even Mayor John Dooley made his rounds, iPad in tow, asking for people to vote. Ducs said it’s really up to the community whether they want to embrace the Throwdown in 2013.

“We are thankful for their passion and support last year,” she said.

In Powder’s November issue, they ranked the top 64 places to ski powder taking into consideration vertical snowfall, skiable area and whether the hill was too packed with people. These places are all included in this year’s Throwdown. Other divisions include Big East, Rocky Mountain West and Far East.

The Best Ski Town will be decided when the final two hills battle it out and voting closes on December 16.

 

 

Just Posted

Downtown Automotive awarded for hiring practices

The annual award is handed out by the Kootenay Career Development Society

Castlegar, Grand Forks areas to see cleaner winter roads under new contract

YRB set to take over 10-year maintenance contract on Monday

VIDEO: Nelson Tennis Club’s new home opens

The revitalized courts above LVR had their grand opening Saturday

Purcell withdraws from Nelson council election

First-time candidate Heather Keczan has also withdrawn

U.S. Court upholds Teck pollution ruling

Teck appealed a previous decision that it must pay $8.25 million in Colville Confederated Tribes’ court costs

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Most Read