The provincial semi-finals have arrived. It’s down to the final four in each Western Canadian province. Gone are the pretenders—and even last year’s SledTown ShowDown champion! Now it’s time for a new challenger to step up and let it be known that it will not be denied its moment in the spotlight. Who will ascend to the provincial finals and take a seat in the next round?
Here’s a recap of Round 2:
Sicamous (175 votes, 51%) edged out Blue River (174 votes, 49%) in our closest result EVER. Only one vote separated the two SledTowns, with Sicamous acquiring that last coveted vote. Every vote counts!
In another tight contest, Fernie (186 votes, 51%) rallied to defeat B.C.’s first-ever SledTown ShowDown provincial champion, Valemount (182 votes, 49%).
One of B.C.’s most popular snowmobiling destinations, Revelstoke (193 votes, 53%), advanced to Round 3 on the wings of a victory versus Golden (171 votes, 47%).
B.C.’s perennial superpower is back at it again. McBride (350 votes, 80%), provincial title-winner for three of the last four seasons, including a SledTown ShowDown championship in 2018, blasted past Cranbrook (85 votes, 20%) with ease.
Total votes from B.C. in Round 2: 1,516.
Alberta’s defending provincial SledTown ShowDown champion is on to Round 3. Fort McMurray (282 votes, 56%) overpowered Barrhead (219 votes, 44%).
Crowsnest Pass (264 votes, 59%) held off Whitecourt (187 votes, 41%) to book a spot in the provincial semi-finals.
Edson is setting itself up nicely to become a three-time provincial SledTown ShowDown champion. The Albertan powerhouse, Edson (285 votes, 67%), slammed into and through Rocky Mountain House (140 votes, 33%) in Round 2.
Swan Hills (213 votes, 58%) edged out Fox Creek (155 votes, 42%) to earn its spot in the provincial semi-finals.
Total votes from Alberta in Round 2: 1,745.
Sledders in Hudson Bay are not messing around. Voters made sure the three-time SledTown ShowDown provincial champions would find its way into Round 3 on the strength of a commanding victory. Hudson Bay (955 votes, 81%) spanked Melfort (227 votes, 19%) to make a statement going into the provincial semi-finals.
Last year’s provincial SledTown ShowDown champion, Nipawin (478 votes, 58%), cruised past Tisdale (344 votes, 42%) for a spot in Round 3.
Porcupine Plain (451 votes, 60%) deflated Carrot River/Arborfield (305 votes, 40%).
Archerwill (405 votes, 59%) upset Kelvington (285 votes, 41%) to claim its place in Round 3.
Total votes from Saskatchewan in Round 2: 3,450.
Thompson (820 votes, 53%) has picked up the upset win of Round 2 by defeating the reigning SledTown ShowDown champion, Lac du Bonnet (731 votes, 47%).
The SledTown ShowDown champion from two years ago, Flin Flon (1,019 votes, 62%), is back-flippin’ its way into Round 3 on the wings of an impressive victory over Lee River (614 votes, 38%).
Snow Lake (729 votes, 66%) continues to chill the competition, eliminating Swan Valley (378 votes, 34%) in Round 2.
The Pas (626 votes, 66%) swiped away Duck Mountain Provincial Park (495 votes, 44%).
Total votes from Manitoba in Round 2: 5,412.
Total votes from all provinces in Round 2: 12,123!
Total votes from all provinces in Round 1: 13,822!
Total votes throughout the competition: 25,945!
It’s up to you to put your favourite snowmobiling destinations in a position to claim victory. The polls are open and it’s time to cast your votes in the 8th annual SledTown ShowDown. You can head over to the main contest page or vote by provincial bracket once a day until the current round closes:
Round 3 runs March 8 to 20, 2022.
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 2022 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 every day for the best chance at seeing your favourite SledTown advance to the next round. Good luck to you and your SledTown.