With a chilly 5 degrees below zero not counting the wind chill the evening ski jump competitions started after a beautiful opening ceremony.
With in minutes of the volunteers grooming the ski jump and run the aesthetes who have already arrived started their training jumps.
Settled in the rolling hills of West Central Wisconsin is the Westby Snowflake Golf and Ski Club grounds in Timber Coulee. Volunteers busily work to ready the grounds for visitors and athletes to partake in the 91st Snowflake Ski Club Ski Jump Competition witch brings in ski jumpers from around the world. This year there are 25 national and international athletes from the United States and other international countries. As volunteers scramble to ready the grounds athletes can be seen running around them preparing for training that will start this afternoon.
This year there is free admission to all veterans and military personnel. Thomas Sharratt of Westby and also representing the Westby VFW Post is the lead on this great offer. He can bee seen here being interviewed by a La Crosse, WI television station.
Flying over Chicago at night. After an equipment malfunction on my first plane in Houston we got into Milwaukee about 8:30 PM. I drove to Sparta, WI about 30 miles from Westby and stayed for the night. Snow is forecast for today starting about 9 AM and with an estimated 1-2 inches an hour. The temperature has actually warmed up today it is a cold 21 degrees and not the minus zero temperatures they have had.
Today is some practice jumps at the hill starting about 1 PM CST with team registrations later this afternoon and a dinner and party with team members starting at 7:00 PM at the Westby Rod and Gun Club who manages the ski jump. I will be getting pictures of the practice runs and some of the festivities later today.
Landing at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, WI.
I left John Wayne International Airport today at &:30 AM en-route to Westby, WI to cover the 2014 International Snowflake Ski Jump competitions Jan 31 thru Feb 1st.