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In January 2012, we were proud to announce the inaugural Yukigassen: Canadian Rockies Snow Battle! It was a major success, teams from all over the region gathered to compete for the chance to be named the first ever champions of the Canadian Rockies Snow Battle. In fact, we decided to host the National Championships for the next 5 years right here in Jasper!
The mitts are off and the battle is on! Jasper will host the Canadian Rockies Snow Battle on November 24-25, 2012 at Centennial Park, in Jasper. Get your friends or co-workers together, pick your most creative team name, and prepare for a snowball fight like you’ve never experienced before! Moonlight Madness is also taking place on Friday November 23rd, so come prepared to shop till you drop before the tournament as Jasper stores will be open late and offering fantastic deals.
Yukigassen (Japanese for “snow battle”) has been popular in Japan for almost 25 years, but is just hitting Canada and is a perfect fit for our snow-filled winters. The game is a unique combination of dodgeball and capture the flag, using snowballs. The snow flies fast and furious - 180 snowballs per 3 minute period flying through the air!
“Yukigassen is an exciting new sport for Canadians and what better place to host a snow battle than the Canadian Rockies? We are thrilled to be the host venue of the Canadian National Championships for the next five years and to be supporting the MS Society of Canada with a portion of the registration fees,” says Maggie Davison, CEO of Tourism Jasper.
Want to be handing out red cards rather than hurling snowballs? Officiating is an essential part of a Yukigassen tournament, with a minimum of six referees per game. Anyone interested in becoming a ref can participate in a free training clinic during the week of November 20. The clinic finishes with a ‘Learnament’ where referees can practice their new skills and fire some snow balls themselves. Referees and volunteers will also get some great perks: a special hotel rate at Mountain Park Lodges, a 2-for-1 ski pass at Marmot Basin and entry to a Volunteer Appreciation Grey Cup Party on November 25th.
Tourism Jasper Media Release
Jasper, AB, September 17, 2012 ~ Jasper’s celebrity judges have named a winner in the Star Correspondent contest: Heidy Barton of Orillia, Ontario! As Tourism Jasper’s star correspondent for the Jasper Dark Sky Festival (October 12 – 14, 2012), Heidy will bring charisma, creativity and fresh perspective to the Jasper experience this October via:
While all the finalists displayed creativity, talent and passion, Heidy won over the judges with her charm and upbeat humour. Heidy is currently a student of Business Marketing and spent this past summer working in Jasper, where as you can see from her submission, she absolutely fell in love. It will be great fun following her coverage of Jasper and the festival, so stay tuned! In the meantime, watch for contest outtakes highlighting some of the best entries that didn’t make the shortlist and visit the Facebook contest page to find all the great videos, photos and stories.
Tourism Jasper Media ReleaseJasper, AB, September 11, 2012 ~ The votes are in and the public has decided our finalists for the Jasper Dark Sky “Star Correspondent” contest! With over 50 entries and over 5000 votes, it was an exciting race but in the end five edged out the competition to make the shortlist: Aliya Daya, Heidy Barton, Miranda Broumas, Neil Zeller and Rachel Courey.
Aliya Daya entry
Heidy Barton entry
Miranda Broumas entry
Neil Zeller entry
Rachel Courey entry
The volume and creativity of submissions was both impressive and inspiring, so congratulations to everyone who entered. Please visit the contest Facebook page to see some of the great videos, photos and stories. We hope to see you all at the Dark Sky Festival, October 12 – 14, 2012!
Did you know that Jasper National Park is the world’s largest dark sky preserve at 11 228 km2?
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada officially designated the preserve in March 2011.
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