Bail on your job, and take off for the British Columbia Powder Highway for three months courtesy of Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Tourism B.C. Their Powder Highway Ultimate Ski Bum contest returns for another year. The contest offers one lucky skier or rider the chance to win season passes for eight ski resorts plus cat skiing, heli-skiing, lodging, a rental car and gas money.
The winner of the Powder Highway Ultimate Ski Bum contest gets to hang out for three months just skiing or riding every day. With a season pass to eight resorts, the winner will be able to cruise the slopes of Fernie Alpine Resort, Fairmont Hot Springs Ski Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Panorama Mountain Village, Red Mountain Resort, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and Whitewater Ski Resort.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is one of the ski areas on the Powder Highway in B.C. Photo by Andrew Danyluk. Courtesy of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
The prize also includes four days of heli-skiing at CMH Heli-skiing, Great Canadian Heli-skiing, Purcell Helicopter Skiing, and Selkirk Tangiers Helicopter Skiing. Eight days of cat-skiing are included to get into the backcountry with Big Red Cats, Fernie Wilderness Adventures, Island Lake Catskiing, K3 Cat Skiing, Monashee Powder Snowcats, Selkirk Wilderness Skiing, Valhalla Powdercats and White Grizzly Catskiing.
Two other perks tie up the total prize package. Accommodations are included from Jan. 1 to March 31 in a variety of properties at the eight ski resorts. The winner also gets a rental car to drive from resort to resort and a $500 gas card.
The winner is required to make two-minute videos of each of the ski resorts, cat-ski and heli-ski area, post daily updates on Facebook and Twitter, give interviews and join in media days, and ski with fans. Consult the fine print on the rules for other requirements.
A snowboarder descends a slope at Kicking Horse. Photo Courtesy of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
So, how can you win this dream winter? Draft a 150-word statement explaining why you should be the next Powder Highway Ultimate Ski Bum, upload a picture, and then get your buddies to vote for your entry. You can check out your competition online.
Public voting on the entries takes place Nov. 1-13. Ten finalists are selected from those with the most social media activity. Those finalists then create a 90-second video, which will be judged in early December. The winner of the ski bum package, estimated at $30,000, will be announced Dec. 15.
Check out details on rules, entries, eligibility and requirements here. But don't quit your day job until you've won.