For the final day of the 2013/2014 season, skiers and snowboarders can head to Canyon Ski Resort for a little light-hearted competition in the slush.
“It’s just a fun way for us to end the season on a high note and have fun doing so, and it leaves people looking forward to next season,” said David Martel, an employee at Canyon Ski Hill.
The annual event happens on the final day of riding season. It is a competition that involves contestants jumping over, or into, a large ice-cold slush puddle in hopes of scoring high points.
This year the Slush Cup falls during spring break, which has been dubbed ‘Spring Fever 2014.’
“Every day is a different theme. We offer prizes that range from prizes in the cafeteria to lift tickets for best costumes each day,” said Martel.
Volunteer judges come together to give the constants a score out of 10, which translates into points to be totalled. The winner will receive a season pass for the 2014/2015 winter season at Canyon Ski Resort.
Martel said that the first year Slush Cup was created, about 50 people competed, most of who signed up that day. This year, he says they expect between 30-50 competitors.
Grand West Hot Tub rentals will continue to donate a hot tub for the competitors to warm up in after they try the jump.
Spectators can observe from the deck of the lodge as they cheer on the jumpers.
To enter the competition is free. The only thing that contestants have to purchase is a lift ticket. If they are season pass holders, the event is absolutely free of charge.
“One thing we have done this year is we are asking all the registrants to bring an item for the Red Deer Food Bank just to contribute to the community a little bit,” said Martel.
Slush Cups are a common aspect of many ski resorts to celebrate the snowy season and bring in the spring.
The event will take place at Canyon Ski Hill from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 30.