Jasper to host the Canadian Rockies Snow Battle on November 24 and 25, 2012!
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!
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.