Yukigassen is a snowball game where several teams are fighting for victory. The festival is held for the 18th time in Vardø, and is recognized as a Nordic Championship. Over the years, the somewhat quirky winter sport has evolved to become a major winter festival with over 400 contestants and even more viewers.
The concept origin from Sobetsu in Japan, and became popular in Norway in the late 1990s. Sobetsu is a city located in northern Japan, not far from the Olympic city Sapporo. It is a big sport in Japan with over a thousand teams and ten thousand players. It is a series system with playoffs ending with an annually world championship in mid-February.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Photos: Yukigassen Norway (Flickr)