Snowflake Ski Club volunteers have snowed and groomed the scaffolding and are finishing up other tasks to be prepared to welcome ski jumpers and ski jumping fans to the 98th annual Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament planned for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6.
Scott Yttri, one of the club’s volunteers, said they are expecting 50 to 60 jumpers from the four-state area.
The annual event will be different than it has been in the past due to COVID-19. The tournament will be held on the junior jumps, with the main event held on the 65-meter hill. The clubhouse and Westby Rod and Gun Club will be closed to the public. Tailgating is allowed with CDC guidelines of social distancing and masks advised. There will not be a dance, no alcohol sales or vendors on site; however, there will be food available for purchase.
Friday’s opening ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by the competition on the 65-meter hill. Saturday features skiing all morning on the junior hills and the opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m. and at 1 p.m. competition on the 65-meter hill. Event organizers are planning to have the long-standing jump on Saturday.
There will be no advance sales of buttons this year; however, they are available at the event for a goodwill donation. Historically, buttons sold for $20 for admission to the Large Hill Tournament and Gold for $50.