Mount Washington vs. Nelson
Well look here, Mount Washington is the new Belle of the Ball. The Vancouver Island-resort emerged from the eight-team play-in ruckus and has gone on to blow up everyone’s bracket, shocking perennial contender Revelstoke. Mount Washington would lock down legendary status with an upset against Kootenay contender Nelson, who danced a crazy jig all over Girdwood in Week One, but to do so, the Van Islanders will need to stymie the Powder Highway hippy brigade that always seems to find its way to the digital voting booth. Hold onto your toques folks, this is going to be good.
Eaglecrest vs. Red Mountain
When it looked like all hope had been lost up in AK, a couple of fishing boats pulled into port at the 11th hour and vaulted the little guys from Juneau back into contention. But while Timmy may have gained some gray hairs, Eaglecrest is prepared to do a round of 16 battle against the second of the Kootenay contenders, a feisty bunch out of Rossland that had little trouble disposing of a certain British Columbian megaresort (Whistler, I really thought we were onto something this time). With an additional 1,000 acres of shred zone added to Grey Mountain this year, Red’s P5 scale is riding high, but we all know that if rankings were everything we wouldn’t have said bye to three number-one seeds in the first round. How’s that for parity?