Many of our Club members follow our Nordic ski teams and were planning to attend the state wide races scheduled for this Saturday at Giants Ridge. Due to cold weather this tournament has been postponed to the following Saturday, January 14, 2017. This is one of the largest High School Nordic ski tournaments in the nation. Come on out and support our skiers.
For all those who follow the ski team and planned on attending the tournament this coming Tuesday in Duluth, the Meet has been moved to the Snowflake ski area (the Duluth East home course) due to the weather forecast for 8 inches of snow on Monday night and Tuesday. The race will also be changed from skate skis to classic. See you all there.
The Nordic ski trails at Hidden Valley are in pristine condition. There is a solid base of all natural snow and we have been getting fresh snow every other day. All major trails are groomed for skate skiing and tracked for classic skiing. The woods are a winter wonderland and more fresh snow is in the forecast. Come to Ely and enjoy the outdoors.
With our full complement of varsity skiers on hand, the girls team placed just ahead of Mesabi East with Duluth East close behind. This event raced over a new 5K Skate course at Mount Itasca, all on natural snow. Nine schools competed, and hundreds of kids raced. It was a great day in what is shaping up as a very competitive season.
This Friday we held the first ski tournament of the season at Hidden Valley. Almost 300 racers from 7 schools participated on a day with temperatures near zero, with little wind and some sun; in other words, a perfect day. Duluth East walked away with wins in both the boys and girls varsity races. Ely girls came in a close second even without their leading skier who sat out the race. We all look forward to a great racing season.