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Asessippi’s ‘Slush Cup’ to Wrap Up Skiing Season

Asessippi’s ‘Slush Cup’ to Wrap Up Skiing Season

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort

With nearly 20 centimetres of snowfall this week, Asessippi Ski Area & Resort is preparing for its annual Slush Cup competition at the end of the month.

The ski hill near Russell, Manitoba closed two weeks ahead of schedule last year, but anticipates to keep things going until Sunday, March 31.

“It was a similar story for most of the ski areas right across western Canada, this season they hope the fresh snow will keep visits strong over the spring break and also drive more season pass sales,” said Roz Pulo, the resort’s director of marketing.

The Banff Ice Big Air competition was held last Saturday at the hill, and attracted skiers and snowboarders from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Stony Mountain Ski Area is also welcoming the extended season, hoping to remain open until the beginning of April.

Snowboarders to Compete in ‘Snow Jam’ at The Forks

Snowboarders to Compete in ‘Snow Jam’ at The Forks

A snowboarder competes in Snow Jam in this file photo. (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA)
A snowboarder competes in Snow Jam in this file photo. (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA)

If you’re lucky enough to get Monday off to celebrate Louis Riel Day, The Forks is the place to be.

The fifth annual Snow Jam urban snowboard competition is happening, bringing out the province’s most elite snowboarders. The day will begin with the open competition, followed by a game of S.N.O.W., similar to H.O.R.S.E. for basketball, where athletes copycat the previous rider’s tricks each round building on the last.

“We are excited to see what tricks the snowboarders pull out this year with the hill’s new location,” said Paul Jordan, chief operating officer of The Forks. “This is definitely a spectator worthy event, we encourage visitors to The Forks that day to stop by the hill and check out the action.”

Registration and open practice will be from 9 a.m. until noon. The open competition’s registration fee is $15 and the fee for S.N.O.W. is $10. Riders are welcome to enter into one or both categories.

River Trail Partially Opens at The Forks

The River Trail at The Forks (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Get those ice skates out, kids (and adults) — The Forks has officially opened part of its River Trailfor the season.

Just in time for Christmas holidays, the recent bout of cold weather has made it possible for the two hockey rinks in The Forks Historic Port to open. It’s the earliest the rinks have opened in 10 years.

“We are very excited to have the first section of The River Trail open before the New Year this season,” said Paul Jordan, chief operating officer of The Forks. “Thanks to a few cold snaps the river has been freezing nicely. It’s too soon to tell exactly how far the trails will go this year, but we are optimistic.”

Crews will now work to groom the trails along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, weather permitting.

Last year, the trail didn’t open until the end of January due to mild temperatures. Jordan stresses that skaters should check the trail conditions on RiverTrail.ca before venturing out.

“We really want everyone to know what parts of the trail are open and which aren’t. Because it’s such a moving entity, there may still be open water in parts and we want to keep everyone safe. ”

In 2008, the winter attraction clinched the Guinness World Record for longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world at 8.54 kilometres.

The Forks also announced on Monday the opening of Winnipeg’s only urban snowboard hill at the Arctic Glacier Winter Park behind the parkade.

Snowboarders, Skiers Come Together for Breast Cancer

By Sarah Klein

Springhill Winter Sports Park (HANDOUT)

A girls only charity event in support of breast cancer research will be put on at Springhill Winter Sports Park on Monday, January 30.

Girls from across Winnipeg are being encouraged to bring their sisters, mothers and friends to get out and become active this winter.

Amie Seier, a Creative Communications student from Red River College, is organizing the event.

“Getting girls involved with snowboarding and skiing for a breast cancer research was something I always wanted to see happen here in our city,” said Seier. “I did some research and saw that a company called Boarding for Breast Cancer was putting on events throughout North America and I thought it would be a great idea to bring that here too.”

Proceeds from lift ticket and rental sales will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

The hill will be open from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with a free Moksha Yoga session starting at 6 p.m. Free hot chocolate and hot dogs will be offered along with prize giveaways from Vixin Hair Salon and West 49.

Springhill Winter Sports Park is located just north of Winnipeg off Highway 59 before Birds Hill Provincial Park.

Manitoba, Sask. Ski Hills Teaching Beginners January 15

Manitoba, Sask. Ski Hills Teaching Beginners January 15

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort (HANDOUT)

Those wanting to learn how to ski or snowboard for the new year likely already have January 15 marked on their calendars. That’s Provincial Learn to Ski and Snowboard Day at all participating Manitoba ski resorts.

Seven of the largest ski and snowboard areas in Manitoba and Saskatchewan have come together for the one-day event. And with the mild temperatures expected to stick around for a while, the weather should make for ideal conditions on the slopes late next week.

“Most of the ski resorts here have very good snow making systems and we are open for winter fun,” said Roz Pulo, director of marketing at Asessippi Ski Area & Resort.

Other participating locations, besides Asessippi, include Holiday Mountain, Mission Ridge, Stony Mountain, Table Mountain, Thunderhill Ski Club and Wapiti Ski Area.

Last Weekend to Enjoy Manitoba’s Ski Hills

Last Weekend to Enjoy Manitoba’s Ski Hills

By David Klassen

Stony Mountain Ski Area (HANDOUT)

It’s the last weekend to enjoy hitting the slopes at Stony Mountain Ski Area.

The ski hill still has a base of more than 50 centimetres of snow and conditions are reported to be very good.

Officials say all runs are open and both lifts are operating.

Stony will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. A Slush Cup event will take place in the afternoon.

This isn’t the longest the ski hill has been open. In 1997, Stony stayed open until the third week of April.

It’s also the last weekend of outdoor play at Asessippi near Russell. The Banff Ice Big Air competition runs today from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m, followed by the Slush Cup on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Springhill Winter Sports Park closed on Wednesday.

Snowboarders to Compete in Final Competition of the Season

Snowboarders to Compete in Final Competition of the Season

By Brian Schultz

Stony Mountain Ski Area (HANDOUT)

Stony Mountain Ski Area is holding its final snowboard competition of the season on Saturday, appropriately titled “Last Chance.”

The competition on the winter hill just north of Winnipeg will be judged on a Jam Session format and begin at 1 p.m.

Registration is $20 and will take place between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded in both a men’s and women’s category and have been provided by 204 Board Shop.

A waiver form is mandatory for minor riders competing.

More information on the competition is available by calling Stony Mountain Ski Area at (204) 344-5977.

Snowboarders Shred During ‘Snow Jam’ at The Forks

Snowboarders Shred During ‘Snow Jam’ at The Forks

A group of ladies take a breather from competing in the third annual Snow Jam snowboard competition at The Forks on Saturday, February 12, 2011. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

More than 35 snowboarders competed Saturday in the third annual Snow Jam at The Forks.

Competitors tore up the hill at the Arctic Glacier Winter Park to win cash prizes and show off their skills to the many spectators who came out.

The five-hour event drew crowds of all ages on a mild day that made being outside in February actually bearable.

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