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Ski Invitational a success despite frigid temperatures

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The Eau Claire Ski Club members take turns laying down a fresh coat of snow using the snow-cat on Jan. 31. ©2016 Riley Schmidt

The Eau Claire Ski Club members take turns laying down a fresh coat of snow using the snow-cat on Jan. 31. ©2016 Riley Schmidt

The Eau Claire Ski Club members take turns laying down a fresh coat of snow using the snow-cat on Jan. 31. ©2016 Riley Schmidt


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By Riley Schmidt and Symone Foster

Video shot and edited by Symone Foster

Competitors and fans alike made their way to the Silvermine Ski Invitational last weekend to view Eau Claire Ski Club’s 130th annual ski jumping competition.

The event started on Friday night and continued throughout the weekend despite the sub-zero temperatures.  

Stella and Aksel Torgerson, both supporters of the Flying Eagles Ski Club in Eau Claire, have volunteered at the Invitational for years and were excited to be back for the 130th year of celebration.

Many competitors travelled internationally to compete in this year’s competition, but there were plenty of ski jumpers that came from close by. Eric Hagfors, a member of the Minneapolis Ski Club, was in high spirits despite the wind chill. He said “There’s no such thing as cold (in Wisconsin).”

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