The 9th annual SledTown ShowDown 2023 kicked off with a kerblammo, thanks to you! You zeroed in on your favourite snowmobiling destination and hammered your vote down with authority! Way to go! Now do it again—but choose wisely.
Unlike previous SledTown ShowDowns, where you could vote multiple times per round, you only get ONE vote per round of SledTown ShowDown 2023—so make it count!
Now that we’re into Round 2, the SledTown ShowDown field of competitors has been slashed from 64 to 32 (see bracket below). The pretenders are out and the contenders have flexed their might.
Here are the matchups for Round 2:
1 McBride vs 3 Revelstoke
5 Tumbler Ridge vs 7 Blue River
9 Radium Hot Springs vs 6 Golden
4 Sicamous vs 2 Valemount
It’s been six years since Sicamous claimed its one and only provincial title (2017). And Valemount hasn’t sniffed a championship since SledTown ShowDown’s inaugural year (2015) when it was named British Columbia’s first representative. It’s about time one of them shows up and takes a charge at the podium.
1 Edson vs 3 Crowsnest Pass
5 Whitecourt vs 10 Barrhead
9 Alberta Beach vs 11 Cold Lake
4 Swan Hills vs 2 Fox Creek
Swan Hills won its first provincial championship last year (woohoo!). If it’s going to repeat as Alberta’s representatives, Swan Hills is going to have to cruise through Fox Creek, a SledTown that always gets support but can’t seem to grasp the prize. Will this be the year Fox Creek wins its first provincial title, or will it just be a footnote on another run at gold for Swan Hills?
5 Porcupine Plain vs 7 Tisdale
9 Duck Mountain Provincial Park vs 6 Archerwill
4 Kelvington vs 2 Nipawin
1 Hudson Bay vs 3 Carrot River/Arborfield
This monster mashup features the 4-time provincial champions Hudson Bay (2015, 2019, 2020, 2022) and Saskatchewan’s 2018 champions, Carrot River/Arborfield. Hudson Bay has the pedigree to go the distance and win the whole competition, but Carrot River/Arborfield has a legit shot to take down the favourites and make a name for themselves. Who steps up?
5 The Pas vs 10 Gimli
8 Duck Mountain Provincial Park vs 6 Thompson
4 Lac du Bonnet vs 2 Snow Lake
1 Flin Flon vs 3 Swan Valley
Flin Flon is the reigning, defending, two-time SledTown ShowDown champions (2020, 2022). If anyone should be feeling confident at this point, it’s Flin Flon. But Swan Valley is no slouch. It’s been a while since Swan Valley swam in provincial glory (2015, 2016), but perhaps the bird still has some wings left to flap past Flin Flon.
Round 2 runs February 14 to 26, 2023.
New to the contest? This is how it works: we start with 16 destinations from each Western province in Canada. Each round, our readers vote for their favourites and the destinations get whittled down. By Round 4, we’ll have our provincial winners, which will go head-to-head until only one town remains to be crowned the 2023 SledTown ShowDown Champion of Western Canada. For a full account of previous SledTown ShowDowns, see our complete history of SnoRiders’ SledTown ShowDown.
Here’s what the winner gets:
A shiny SledTown trophy, bragging rights and feature articles on SnoRidersWest.com. Plus, it is a chance to raise positive awareness of snowmobiling and to recognize local clubs for all their hard work.
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Vote once per round for the best chance at seeing your favourite SledTown advance to the next round. Good luck to you and your SledTown.