If you happen to visit Edmonton this week, one of the first things you will notice is the buzz. After a 113-day lockout, the NHL is back and for a city that reputedly “bleeds orange and blue,” spirits couldn’t be more high.
Nicknamed the City of Champions, Edmonton welcomed back its Oilers — who have won five Stanley Cups in their history — on Tuesday night. Avid fans citywide were joyful for the first home game of the 2013 season.
Yet, for a newcomer, the gripping question is, So why hockey?
If you happened to take a spur of the moment Rocky Mountains winter break in Jasper this month, expect to see more than magnificent snow-capped mountains, copious elk and a few die-hard winter sports enthusiasts. In fact, you may just witness extreme flying snowballs, an intriguing number of chili connoisseurs and infinitely more skiers and snowboarders than some other resorts see in the height of the ski season.
So what is the reason for this fascinating phenomenon? It’s known as “‘Jasper in January’.”