When the Ski Town Throwdown started on October 29th I don't think anybody realized how many ski towns would rally behind their cause or the Internet fervor with which they would do so. Nor, like a March Madness Bracket, could many people have predicted this Final Four. The story of this contest has been the little ski town and the power of their passionate communities, as evidenced by the remaining towns.
On Monday, voting begins for the two Final Four battles. Winners of the Spread Eagle Region, 4-seed Fernie has been the Cinderella story of the tournament. They've upended Mammoth, Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, and Jackson/Teton Valley to earn a berth here. They'll take on 1-seed Bozeman, winners of the Daffy Region, and the favorite going into these last rounds. Bozeman has cracked 3,000 votes in each of its two previous battles, but if anybody can put a stop to their run, it's this weird little Canadian haven.
On the other side of the bracket, 3-seed Sandpoint, a tournament darling in its own right and winners of the Mule Kick Region, will take on Rossland/Nelson, a 1-seed and winner of the Backscratcher Region.
To make things interesting, POWDER will be announcing a grand prize that will go to one voter from the place readers choose as the best ski town in North America.
Check out the Ski Town Throwdown bracket here.