Red Moon Road will appear at Snowdance Festival at Falcon Lake (Prairie City Sound)
People are all exhilarated because there's the fresh air and they've been out going down the hill then they come in and there's this great music.
—Daniel Jordan, musician
It's a unique festival that combines music and skiing. This weekend, Falcon Trails Lodge at Falcon Lake is hosting the second annual Snowdance Festival of Music and Winter.
So what's bringing all these musicians out to the slopes? Turns out many of them work there in between tours. Last year the mild winter weather meant poor skiing conditions, so the musicians decided to put on a day-long festival to raise money for the ski hill.
And it was a hit. "It's very festive," says Daniel Jordan of Red Moon Road, one of the performers and organizers of the event. "Everybody's having a great time. People are all exhilarated because there's the fresh air and they've been out going down the hill then they come in and there's this great music."
The Crooked Brothers performing at the 2012 Snowdance Festival.
This year the festival is expanded to two days. It begins with a big dance party on Saturday night featuring Son Del Norte, Crooked Brothers and PIE (an all-star band playing the music of CAKE). Jordan expects people to dance their hearts out, then get bundled up to go tubing afterwards. "I find that Winnipeggers -- Manitobans -- really know how to have a good celebration when there's music involved," he says.
Sunday has more of a festival workshop format with music all day followed by a concert. Performers include Scott Nolan, Ridley Bent, Crooked Brothers, Red Moon Road, Son del Norte and The Heinrich's Maneuver, most of whom have worked at Falcon Trails.
"I think the funnest part is that you can literally start at the top of the hill, start to ski down and without taking your skis off, you can be in a warm chalet at the end of your run watching some of Manitoba's finest talent. I don't know if there's anywhere else where you can really do such a thing," Jordan says.
The second annual Snowdance hits the slopes at Falcon Ridge Ski Hill January 19-20.