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February Long Weekend Big Draw for Ski Resort

February 23, 2012 7:26 AM | Sports

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort (HANDOUT)

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort is reporting a successful long weekend after drawing an estimated 4,500 people out to the ski slopes February 10-13.

The relatively new mid-February holiday in Manitoba and Saskatchewan has been good for business.

“The vibe is somehow different during the winter break, more relaxed and people just smiling,” said Roz Pulo, director of marketing for the resort.

Last Saturday, 77 athletes competed for $4,000 in cash in the Rail Wars with Big Air event.

“It was not surprising the event attracted riders and freestyle skiers from Whistler, Banff, Edmonton as well as all areas of Manitoba and Saskatchewan,” Pulo said.

The ski hill extended its hours to accommodate the additional visitors and ended Sunday night with a spectacular fireworks display. On Monday, the focus was on families, with face painting activities and indoor movies for the kids.

“The temperatures were mild this year and the excellent snow conditions seemed to draw a really good crowd, reporting an increase of almost 20% over last season.”

Asessippi Resort is located approximately four hours northwest of Winnipeg near the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border.