Nelson’s Whitewater and Rossland’s RED Mountain Go Head-to-Head with Bozeman in Powder Magazine’s Quest to Find North America’s Best Ski Town – Nelson Kootenay Lake

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When top International ski publication Powder set up their own version of a Mountain Town showdown, their 70,000 + ski enthusiasts Facebook fans came out in force to vote for their favorite North American ski towns.

RED and Whitewater are two of the last great places to ski fantastic powder terrain, unfettered by over development and largely devoid of mobs of holiday skiers.

After over a month at the polls, Nelson and Rossland have been victorious in four head-to-head match ups and have made it to the final round of Powder Magazine's Ski Town Throwdown. The dynamic duo beat out Sugarloaf in Maine, Crested Butte in Colorado, Whitefish in Montana and finally Schweitzer in Idaho.

Red Mountain and Whitewater will be facing-off against Bozeman MT, home to Bridger Bowl, Big Sky and Moonlight resorts, after the West Kootenay ski hills beat their semi finalist Sandpoint, Idaho's Schweitzer resort, making this a US vs. Canada challenge to find North America’s top ski town.

The Powder Highway ski towns took down resorts with visitation numbers three to five times their size, primarily on the strength of the phenomenal skier experiences in the towns of Nelson and Rossland and on the world-class slopes of Whitewater and RED Mountain.

In 2011, Whitewater, located just 11 miles outside of Nelson BC is home to some spectacular tree skiing and has doubled in size since 2010 to approximately 2000 vertical drop of skiing.
RED Mountain is located just 7 kms North of the US border in Rossland BC, above Spokane, WA. RED is underway this season with the largest expansion in it’s history, as it builds 22 new runs on Grey Mountain and adds 997 new acres of terrain, a 59% expansion in skiable acres ranking it in the top 3% of resorts by terrain size.

RED and Whitewater are two of the last great places to ski fantastic powder terrain, unfettered by over development and largely devoid of mobs of holiday skiers.

Don’t believe us? Here’s what our Facebook fans had to say today while voting: “40 cm of pow today and I made a run on Glory, down one of the main tree runs, in the middle of the day and didn't see a single other skier! How can you do better than that! – Guy Woods. And “Go big or go home RED/ Nelson will blow your mind” – Eveyln Woods

Don’t take our word for it, Powder Magazine editors just rated Rossland & Nelson as the number four ranked ski place in their top 32 places to ski. The issue ranked towns and their mountains for terrain, vibe, crowds, smiles for miles and all around fun.
Bragging rights are on the line when the final runs December 19-23, 2012. Vote for Nelson/Rossland here:

About Whitewater

Light, dry and deep is how skiers and boarders describe the massive pow that dumps on Whitewater Ski Resort each season, thanks to the collision of stormy coastal air hitting cool dry Kootenay mountain air. Whitewater Ski Resort (aka WH20) with few crowds, low lift prices, and acres upon acress of diverse terrain – including chutes, bowls, glades and steeps -- it’s no wonder those in know want to keep this little powder paradise a secret. Whitewater has just what you need and want for a great ski-cation – a comfortable day lodge with rentals, ski shop, pub, coffee bar and an amazingly good ski cafeteria.

Recent upgrades at the Whitewater ski area include the Glory Ridge triple chair, which opens up a whole new area of the white stuff. In total, Whitewater has 78 runs spread over three mountain faces, with a vertical drop of more than 2000 feet. It takes just a 20-minute drive (or shuttle) from the notoriously charming town of Nelson, which offers numerous Nelson accommodation options and a rich variety of Nelson restaurants.

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About Nelson

Nestled on a magnificent expanse of glacier-fed lakeshore, midway between Calgary, AB, and Vancouver, BC, lays the historical city of Nelson and its three outlying communities of Kaslo, Balfour, and Ainsworth Hot Springs. Steep evergreen valleys, topped by snowcapped mountains define a breathtaking landscape that attracts outdoor adventurers of every age and taste.
Renowned for its eclectic arts scene, diverse restaurants and boutique shopping Nelson Kootenay Lake boasts year-round recreational activities. In winter, Whitewater Ski Resort and the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges feature some of Canada’s best powder alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing, as well as numerous options for backcountry skiing and cat-skiing. Come spring, summer and fall, the region becomes a mecca for cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, fishing, golf, rafting, and much more.
Whether you come to see it, tee it or ski it, this scenic corner of British Columbia offers a unique travel experience in every season – a rare mix of mountain lifestyle and big city buzz.
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About Red:

RED is one of the biggest ski areas in BC, offering incredibly diverse terrain with a huge 2,919 foot vertical drop (884 meters), over 300 inches (750cm) of annual snowfall, world renowned gladed tree skiing, wide-open groomed runs, terrain park and easy-to-access sidecountry. Massive terrain expansion is now underway on Grey Mountain, RED’s 3rd peak, which will add 997 new ski-able acres to the existing 1,685. For winter 2013, a snowcat will shuttle skiers and snowboarders to the summit of Grey. A quad chairlift will be installed summer 2013.
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About Rossland

Recently voted Canada’s #1 Outdoor Town by Explore magazine, the Rossland area is a natural playground for adventure seekers from around the world. Our stunning alpine town also feature s all of the amenities you would expect: shopping, casual and fine dining, pubs, bars, fitness centre and more.
Rossland is located 8 km north of the US/Canada border in the heart of the West Kootenay region of British Columbia.

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Media Contacts:

Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism Director, Dianna Ducs at 250-352-7879
Tourism Rossland, Deanne Stevens 250-231-1247
Whitewater Ski Resort Manager Anne Pigeon at 250-354-4944
Red Mountain Ski Resort Business Development Director Erik Kalacis 1-800-663-0105

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