Is it Time for A International Snow Challange
Sean Kirst a journalist for the Post Standard in Syracuse has set the background for what would be, could be and should be a fun contest. Challenging a few cities in Canada to see who would get the most snowfall this season. You can read about it at http://www.syracuse.com/kirst/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1163757413131490.xml&coll=1
I'm all for it and more than willing to keep the stats up providing I can get them from Canada and I'm sure Sean has some good contacts for that. One thing about some of the cities in Canada is that they seem to get it. Check out how Quebec City instead of trying to hide the fact that they are one of the snowiest cities in the world celebrates it http://www.carnaval.qc.ca/en/index.asp and if you want to see something awesome check out the annual Ice Palaces dating all the way back to 1955 at http://www.carnaval.qc.ca/en/histoire.palais_all.asp
Can and will Syracuse understand what all this snowfall really could do to increase tourism during the winter months if only the leadership would grasp the snowfall as a positive and not a negative. I came across a pdf file about the 4 major winter festivals that Canada has and posted what the beginning of it says below.
Already the four major festivals, as much for their uniqueness and original programming as for their geographic locations and calendars, are events that significantly drive the Canadian tourist industry. By combining their efforts, they enhance the appeal of the winter urban festivals dynamic programs at the regional, national and international levels. They also impact positively on Canadian and international tourists’ perception of Canada as a tourist destination.
Click Here to read more about it. It will open in a pdf format file. Just think about Syracuse and the surrounding areas drawing in tens of thousands of visitors and tourists every season to see what could become one of the biggest winter festivals (Golden Snowball Festivals) in the u.s.
Have a Great Weekend All.