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After two months of voting, it comes down to an international battle for the continent’s best ski town.

Bozeman, hub for Bridger Bowl, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin resorts, has made it to the finals of Powder Magazine’s Ski Town Throwdown – a social media voting competition

Bozeman is pitted against Rossland and Nelson of British Columbia, Canada, in the final round of voting, which ends on Monday.

As of Saturday, Bozeman was trailing by roughly 800 votes.

For Doug Wales, Bridger Bowl marketing director, it is no surprise Bozeman has skated through the first five rounds to the title matchup with its Canadian competitors.

“I think Bozeman is kind of the quintessential ski town,” Wales said. “The quality is arguably as good as it gets.”

Bozeman defeated Marquette in the first round before going on to beat Santa Fe and Taos, Truckee and finally Fernie.

Rossland and Nelson’s path to the finals included wins over Sugarloaf, Whitefish, Crested Butte and Sandpoint.

Nelson, on the edge of Kootenay Lake, is home to a little more than 10,000 people and has a similar vibe to Bozeman, Wales said. It’s in a mountainous area and is a young active community, he said.

“It’s just a cool town,” Wales said. “It’s a real town that’s been there on its own merit, and skiing has been something that has grown into their community.”

While being named Powder Magazine’s top ski town would be a great for bragging rights in the ski community, being named in various top-10 lists as an incredible ski town has happened in the past, Wales said.

“It’s nothing new,” he said.

But what is new is the nature of the competition.

“It provides more of a dramatic aspect to it,” Wales said. “It’s a competition rather than a poll that no one’s a part of.”

“It’s a good, friendly competition.”

People can vote once a day for Bozeman at until Monday at 10 p.m.

Whitney Bermes can be reached at or 582-2648. Follow her on Twitter at @wabermes.

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