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Too cold to practice for Snowflake Ski Jump

WESTBY, Wis. (WXOW) — Competitive skiers ready to take on the 65-meter jump at the Snowflake Ski Jump were not able to practice today due to the dangerous temperatures.

Rest assured, the weekend weather looks promising and the 96th annual event will continue as usual. Preparations were delayed because it was too cold, but once the equipment started, volunteers got right to work grooming the hill, cutting the train and plowing the parking lot.

The international event will feature skiers from five different countries.

“It’s a lot of fun to watch… it’s a good atmosphere,” Snowflake Ski Club President Dan Ellefson said. “[It’s] something to do in the middle of winter when you’re sick and tired of being cooped up in your house.”

There will be food and live music indoors at Westby’s Rod and Gun Club. The price of admission is $20 at the gate and more information is available at the ski club’s website.

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