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Silver Mine Invitational continues through winter weather

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Despite some setbacks Friday evening and Saturday morning, the Silver Mine Invitational continued through its second day of competition.

Friday night the tournament was called off due to strong winds blowing up the hill, which could have been dangerous for the skiers jumping off the ramp.

However, those postponed rounds were able to take place early Saturday morning to keep everything on schedule.

The downside? Athletes competing did not get a practice round, as crews had to take care of the snow that fell Saturday afternoon.

"We didn't get as much as we were expecting, so we were able to actually take downhill skis and pack it into the hill," said Silver Mine Invitational's chief of the hill. "And then we had to groom out the end run, use the blowers, blow it off, sweep it off, and then get set up for jumping."

As for Saturday night, the wind was blowing down the slope instead of up, which doesn't put the skiers at risk.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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