Head-to-head matchups are all the rage these days, and for good reason.
Two competitors enter, but only one emerges: The champion.
Drama, tension, excitement—it’s all been driving towards this apex. Each Western Canadian province (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) is oh-so-close to determining who their provincial champion will be. Glory is within the grasp of our finalists. It’s win-or-go-home time. A long offseason of “what if’s” awaits the loser. Which snowmobiling destinations will reach out and seize the opportunity to be crowned SledTown ShowDown provincial champions?
Here are the matchups for Round 4:
5 Tumbler Ridge vs 4 Sicamous
For the first time in four years, B.C.’s provincial champion won’t be McBride. The last representative from British Columbia not named McBride was Tumbler Ridge, back in 2019 when Tumbler Ridge won the entire competition. And Sicamous hasn’t stood tall on the provincial podium since back in 2017, the snowmobiling destination’s only victory. At long last, one of these indomitable competitors will rise again.
5 Whitecourt vs 4 Swan Hills
The battle of Alberta is shaping up to be a gooder. As the reigning, defending, undisputed provincial champions for Alberta, Swan Hills is hoping to honk its way to back-to-back victories. Whitecourt, meanwhile, has been held without a provincial title for quite some time (2017, 2015). Will Albertans continue to swoon for Swan Hills, or will order be restored to Whitecourt?
1 Hudson Bay vs 6 Archerwill
Hudson Bay, reigning provincial champion and four-time winner overall (2015, 2019, 2020, 2022), has cruised its way to the provincial finals once again. Hudson Bay is the favourite here, but nothing is guaranteed. Archerwill has never represented Saskatchewan as a SledTown ShowDown champion. A win here puts Archerwill in Saskatchewan’s SledTown ShowDown trophy room.
1 Flin Flon vs 6 Thomspon
Manitoba has become a powerhouse that no province can shake. For the last three competitions, the SledTown ShowDown winner has come from Manitoba, with two of those victories belonging to Flin Flon (2022, 2020). Last year’s SledTown ShowDown champion, Flin Flon, has claimed provincial gold in three of the last four tourneys as well. Thompson, on the other hand, is in unfamiliar territory, having never represented its province. If Thompson could manage to pull off the upset, then it might well propel itself to the ultimate prize: A SledTown ShowDown championship.
Round 4 runs March 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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