January 18, 19, & 20th, 2019


Find those mittens your grandma made for you. Borrow your roommate’s boots. Put on all your long johns at once. Wear that really cool scarf that brings out the blue in your eyes. And head out to the woods for Snowdance, the wintery music festival at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes.

Fill your lungs with pine tree air and catch some sweet air on our ski jumps. Or ski backwards all afternoon as slopes regular Mark Hood does. Or, just ski like a normal person.

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Snowdance 2019 Lineup (subject to change):


Friday January 18 at the Whiteshell Community Club: 7:30 pm start

  • 7:30 pm » Snowdance Shinny Tournament! Open to everyone!

    • Start getting your teams together! Stay tuned for registration information.

  • 8:30 pm » Ben Hadaller Band

  • 9:30 pm » The Garrys

  • 10:30 pm » Heinrichs Maneuver

  • 12:00 AFTERPARTY at the Falcon Lake bar, AKA Lyndon’s Karaoke Palace.

Saturday January 19 at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes:


Day Activities:
Curling, skating, skijoring, ski races, turkey shoots, snow sculpting, all that sort of wintery fun stuff will be happening around the ski chalet. Day schedule TBA.

Saturday January 19 at the Falcon Lake Bar: 9:00 pm start

Sunday January 20 at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes: 12 pm start

  • 12:00 pm » Sunday Morning Spiritual music workshop w/ Sheena Rattai, Benjamin Hadaller

  • 1:00 pm » The Grey Jays

  • 2:00 pm » John K Samson + Christine Fellows

°° Most of the artist names here have links attached, click on them to check them out!

Snowdance Activities!

Free for Snowdance pass holders!

Friday Night:

  • 7:30-11 pm: Shinny tournament at the community club!

    • That’s right folks, while the tunes are pumping upstairs at the club there will be a mini hockey tournament happening on the beautiful outdoor rink outside. Register your team by emailing

  • 12:00: Lyndon’s Karaoke Palace at the Falcon Lake Bar

Saturday at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes:

  • 10:30-4:30 pm: Ski lifts and tubing open! Remember you get a free lift ticket for the ski lifts with your weekend pass, you can choose to use it on Saturday or Sunday. Rentals are available, check out the Falcon Ridge website for pricing.

  • 11- 4 pm: Kids forest club in the wall tent. Bring your kids in to hang out and participate in fun activities and crafts in the forest tent.

  • 11- 4 pm: Skating and Curling on the lake rink, out near the Falcon Ridge parking lot

  • 12:00 Art city crafts in the chalet.

  • 12:30-3 pm: Horse Skijoring with the Falcon Beach Ranch. Strap on your skis or snowboard and whip around the racetrack being pulled by a galloping horse!

  • 12:30-3 pm: Whiteshell Trappers Association display. Learn more about the local trappers and the local wildlife at their display tent. Enjoy bannock and labrador tea!

  • 1 pm-8 pm: Snow bar open: Check out our beautiful snow bar constructed by stacking snow blocks. Enjoy local beer on tap and Josée’s signature hot drinks.

  • 2 pm: “Around the Ridge” Alpine Ski and Snowboard Race

  • 3 pm: Knot Tying Workshop in the wall tent.

  • 8 pm: Night Tubing

Sunday at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes:

  • 11 am: Forest Bath Meditation

  • 12-4 pm: Snowbar open

  • 12-3 pm: Ski in Coffee shop at the High Lake shelter: Pop into the warmup shelter for coffee, pie and some live jams with Aryn Murray and Ben Strong.

  • 1 pm- 5 pm: Polar Bear Swim and Sauna

  • 2 pm: Turkey Shoot

Thank you to our beer sponsor, Lake of the Woods Brewing Company!

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More videos from previous year's fun:

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What happens at Snowdance? 

While skiers get their kicks on the slopes, on stage in the chalet at the base of the hill will be bluegrass, pop, soul and a little rock n’ roll – live music Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday from some of the finest bands around these parts.

Things kick off Friday night with the show + funspiel at the Falcon Lake Curling Club. That's right, you can watch great bands and curling at the same time! Start getting your curling team together for the funspeil, we will be opening registration soon. Open to anyone, with or without experience!

Saturday afternoon will also be your big chance to get caught up on some of those wintertime skills that your grandparents are appalled you don’t already know. This year’s workshops are TBA, but last year we had dog ski-joring, an "Around the Ridge" alpine ski race, snow sculpting, a frozen curling turkey shoot on the lake, night tubing, a polar bear swim through the ice and..... horse ski-joring. That's right, skiing behind horses. Spectate or participate, but who would want to miss all this? Well, maybe your kill-joy grade three teacher would. Take this chance to mark them absent.


Saturday night, we invade the Falcon Lake bar for the dance party portion of the festival, featuring general hooliganry in sweaters. The bar is attached to the hotel so book yourself a room at discounted Snowdance prices that are too low to print. Just kidding, rooms are only $50. Booking is so easy that it’s literally a piece of cake. Or at least we wish it was so that we could eat it. Edible booking procedures. Give the hotel a call to book a room for the weekend: 204.349.8400.

Are you somewhere between 1 and 100 years old? If so, see you out in the woods! The festival is hell of a good time for all ages. If you are younger than 1 or older than 100, same thing.

Written up by Lyndon Froese, the guy with the mustache.

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Photos by Emily Christie and Jordan Janisse:

Browse the gallery, click the image to expand!

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Accommodation options:

Falcon Trails Resort: Falcon Trails is already unfortunately booked full for snowdance weekend, but they have a cancellation list, if you are really keen on one of their lake-front cabins with private hot tubs, right near the ski chalet where all the day Snowdance activities happen call 204.349.8273 between 9 am-5 pm and ask to be placed on the list.

Falcon Lake Hotel: The hotel has set aside rooms for Snowdance ticket holders (you will need to give them your ticket confirmation number. They are centrally located in the townside of Falcon Lake, and also the host of the Saturday night dance party. The Falcon Lake hotel is offering their annual Snowdance pass holder deal of $65/ room/ night. Accommodation is limited and books up quickly. 1-204-349-8400

Falcon Beach Ranch Cabins: Just a 2 min drive from the Friday and Saturday night events, our friends at the Falcon Beach Ranch have three gorgeous log cabins (accommodate up to 10) available for rent (with a hot tub and sauna) and are offering Snowdance goers 15% off regular weekend rates!

Or try the town of West Hawk (10 mins down the road)

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Snowdance Venue Map.jpg

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Interested in volunteering? We'd love to have you! Email Will, the volunteer coordinator at    

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All this cute artwork (and most of the artwork all over Falcon Ridge, including all that dang graffiti) is done by our resident T-bar Guru Seth Heinrichs