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Thousands come to Asessippi homecoming

Brian McDonald, right, takes to the slopes as his brother Kevin McDonald, left, and Graham Meyer, centre, enjoy an afternoon of snowboarding at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort on Saturday. The trio travelled from Dauphin to take in the Home Coming weekend celebrations at Asessippi which concluded with a fireworks display Sunday.

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Brian McDonald, right, takes to the slopes as his brother Kevin McDonald, left, and Graham Meyer, centre, enjoy an afternoon of snowboarding at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort on Saturday. The trio travelled from Dauphin to take in the Home Coming weekend celebrations at Asessippi which concluded with a fireworks display Sunday.

Since the introduction of a winter long weekend, Asessippi Resort has been growing the February holiday weekend into a homecoming tradition — one that thousands took part in this year.

"Approximately 4,500 people participated is one of the many activities here over the weekend." said Roz Pulo, director of marketing for Asessippi.

Saturday at the resort kicked off with Rail Wars, an annual event that is a big hit with freestyle skier and snowboarders alike. The 45 competitors split a share of $5,500 in cash and other prozes

"Our newest feature this season, the yellow school bus, was an incredible hit," Pulo said. The bus was added to a terrain park that already includes a cannon, wall ride, kink and rainbow rail, along with all kinds of straight rails and jumps  — giving the run an urban feel. It can be viewed part way up the lift, and makes for excellent entertainment for guests just out skiing for the day.

Sunday, the resort was open late, until 8 p.m. and followed by a fireworks display.

Kids were treated Monday to some extras in the village with face painting, jugglers and more.

"We named the weekend the Asessippi Homecoming Weekend the same year that Manitoba had their province-wide homecoming events and have decided to stick with it," Pulo said.

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