Flin Flon came up short of defending its SnoRiders Sledtown Showdown title, losing in the provincial final of the annual online poll.
In the provincial final of the vote, Flin Flon faced off against Thompson with the distinction of being Manitoba’s premier snowmobiling destination on the line. Sheer numbers did the trick for Thompson over Flin Flon - the vote was not close, with the much larger community picking up 7,577 votes (65.1 per cent) to Flin Flon’s 4,052 votes (34.8 per cent) to be named Manitoba’s top snowmobiling destination.
Each year, SnoRiders - a western Canada-based snowmobiling publication - holds a 16-community bracket for each of the four western Canadian provinces to determine the top sled town in all four - online polls are used to determine winners. The winning community receives a Sledtown Showdown trophy, feature articles in SnoRiders and bragging rights for the town and for local snowmobile clubs. Last year, Flin Flon won the national vote in the competition for the second time, which consisted of the winners from all four western Canadian provinces going head-to-head.
In the past, Flin Flonners were able to fill the ballot box by voting once per day per device. The rules of this year’s poll had changed from previous editions - this year, only one vote per device could be cast. Flin Flon’s tactics in the past included promoting people to vote several times per day, using different devices - that strategy did not work this time around.