Competitive Snowball Fighting

In Japan, snowball fighting isn't just a pleasant winter pastime. It's a serious competitive sport known as Yukigassen or "snow battle." Two teams square off on a field about the size of a hockey rink. Victory comes through annihilating the other team or capturing its flag. See more photos and a video at the link. This particular photo, I should note, is from a match in Alaska, not Japan.

Link | Photo: Roy Neese, Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau

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@Jim you're damned right it can hurt. It might come of the ground as snow, but packed hard it's ice and it will hurt like hell if you get one in the face.

Snow fights round here are, as I said, competitive and the competition is usually about gaining ground. If you can drive your opposition past a given line you've won. So you make damned sure your snowballs are going to hurt. If they don't hurt the enemy will not retreat.
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Must be dncucf never got smacked in the face with a well placed hard packed snowball with a chunk of icicle inside. Someone told me it hurts like hell and can bloody your nose.
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