It's only a few days now until a few dozen brave souls
take flight at the Westby Snowflake Ski Jump.
Volunteers have nearly everything ready to go at the
hill for practice runs to begin tomorrow.
Most of the skiiers are expected to arrive in town
before a meet and greet with fans tomorrow.
This is the 92-nd annual snowflake ski jump in Westby.
5- It's kind of in your blood, it's something we want
to keep and carry on as a tradition.
It's just a fun place, fun guys, great for the community,
the community supports us very well
While volunteers are setting things up at the ski
businesses in town are preparing for a busy weekend
News 8's Kyle Dimke has the story.
The town of Wesbty has about 22-hundred people in
that is expected to double.
Scott: 3- We expect somewhere around 3,500 or so on
Friday night and then about 3,000 or so on Saturday.
But before any ski jumping starts for the 92nd annual
Snowflake Ski Jump.
the weekend begins with a kick-off breakfast here.
Blane: 5- Friday morning, right away at 7 o'clock,
as soon as we open up, there will be people waiting
to get in and it will be like that probably for three
or four hours in the morning
Owner Blane Charles says he has extra cooks, servers
and supplies on hand this weekend to make sure he
can keep up with the weekend long dinner rush.
Blane: 4- Typically winter is a slower time for us.
So for winter time, this is a nice, kind of a shot
in the arm for business
Just up the road from Borgen's is Nordic Lanes.
Where owner Gary Mowery is preparing with extra staff
and food as well.
He's also preparing for a lot more of this.
Gary: 3- laughs They love to bowl, those Norweigans
They'll come in and they'll bowl like crazy laughs
Trish: 2- I'm sure all the stores and restaurants
see a good increase in sales this weekend.
I know the hotels fill up, even with just getting
them for the ski club, for the judges and stuff, it's
Both business owners say the best part of the weekend
is meeting new people.
And welcoming them to Westby.
Gary: 7- It's great, everybody loves to see this comes,
it's something big for Westby.
One weekend a year we're on the map! laughs
The opening ceremonies begin at 7 on Friday night.
followed by the first round of jumping.
Skiers will continue Saturday at noon.
You can find a full schedule of events on our website.
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