Portland’s WinteRush kicks off with Downtown Showdown

Posted Feb. 11, 2011, at 4:45 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s largest city has a cure for those shell-shocked by recent snowstorms: Get outside and enjoy it.

Portland’s WinteRush kicks off Friday night with snowboarders and freestyle skiers showing off their stuff on a manmade ski slope built in Monument Square. The Downtown Showdown is sponsored by the state’s two biggest ski resorts, Sunday River and Sugarloaf.

On Saturday, WinteRush shifts to Deering Oaks Park for a number of outdoor activities for families.

Portland Mayor Nick Mavodones says that “from igloo forts to snowball fights,” the annual event features “pretty much something for everyone.”