Silvermine preps wrapping up as jumpers arrive

By  | 

Ski jumpers from five different countries have come to Eau Claire, as final preparations wrap up for the Silvermine Invitational.

"We're generally getting the tent all squared away, we do a bunch on the hill, we had the final groom today, and put some boughs on it so they could at least ski. We have some boards and everything to put up, so it's last minute touch to really make it a show,” Chief of Hill Zach Jastrow said.

The 128th Silvermine Invitational kicks off Friday, but not before crews set up tents, groom the snow and ice the track.

Jastrow says the unpredictable weather has brought its own challenges.

“The snow got really wet, so that was a little bit tough, but once everything froze back down, we were able to get that done. We put about 450, 500 gallons of water on the track so it's really just a luge right now.

Jumpers from Slovenia, Finland, Norway, Canada and throughout the U.S. arrived Thursday to prepare.

“Everything looks good, they just have to get these fences set up and it looks pretty good right now,” jumper Miles Lussi, from Lake Placid, NY, said.

“You wouldn't really think of a ski jump here but there is one and it's in good condition. The hill crew did a great job,” Landon Livreri, also a jumper from Lake Placid, said.

The competition is set to begin Friday at 7:00 p.m.

The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus