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Casting Call for All Ski Bums

Do you live in your van, eat PBJs, and live the life of an unemployed ski fanatic? If so, you’re qualified to enter the Powder Highway Ski Bum contest, where you can win lift tickets, heli-skiing, hotel rooms, and more along Canada’s best ski route.
posted: 10/05/2009
Skier: Jon McMurray
Photo by Ryan Creary
by Molly Baker

Never in ski bumming’s history have the lifties and unemployed powder hounds been rewarded for their behavior. But that’s just what’s happening starting October 5, when Canada’s Powder Highway contest begins. Just submit a YouTube video proving your ski bum stamina—the more nights spent in your VW drinking PBR wondering why skiing never works with having a girlfriend, the better. If the Canadians are keen on your bumming skills you will receive unlimited day tickets for three months to the Powder Highway’s ski resorts—including Red Mountain, Whitewater, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Panorama, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, and Fernie.

In addition, you receive 15 days of cat and heli skiing privileges at local operations, such as Island Lake Catskiing, Powder Cowboy, Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, Purcell Heli-Skiing, Retallack Resort, White Grizzly, Selkirk Wilderness Skiing, Highland Powder Skiing, Monashee Powder Snowcats, CMH Kootenay Heli-Skiing, Snowwater Heli-Skiing, Valhalla Powdercats, RK Heli-Ski, Selkirk Tangiers Heli-Skiing, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and Big Red Cats.

Ten nights during the three months can be spent at hotel rooms along the Powder Highway. The most convincing of ski bums will also be rewarded with a car for three months and free gas (or as they say in Canada, petrol). If your resume looks strong (career highlights include non-showering hall of fame, acclaimed maximum duct tape usage on outerwear, years of singledom, and a strict diet comprised of beer and cafeteria grazing? Ketchup and saltine sandwiches?) or if you have never submitted a resume ever before, life just got peachier than the state of Georgia The winner will be flown to the Powder Highway Region, courtesy of Kootenay Rockies Tourism, to enjoy January 1-March 31 living it up as a ski bum superstar. These three months could make seasons of scrounging worthwhile.   

Thank the following sponsors for answering your prayers: Tourism Fernie, Tourism Kimberley, Park Vacation Management, Revelstoke Accommodation Association,Prestige Hotel and Resort.

Enter the contest here. Weekend warriors with a law degree need not apply.         


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