Volunteers working early hours to prepare hills for ski jumping tournament

Gates open at the U.P. Nordic Ski Complex at 3:00 p.m. for the Ishpeming Ski Club’s 136th Annual Ski Jumping Tournament
Upper Michigan Today's Tia Trudgeon and Elizabeth highlight the preparations for the 136th...
Upper Michigan Today's Tia Trudgeon and Elizabeth highlight the preparations for the 136th Annual Ski Jumping Tournament at the U.P. Nordic Ski Complex while groomers work in the background.
Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 11:32 AM EST
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NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - Upper Michigan Today takes its show on the road Friday, January 20 to the U.P. Nordic Ski Complex, where preparations are underway for the weekend’s ski jumping tournament.

Thursday’s winter storm put crews behind schedule, but you can still expect gates to open for action at 3:00 p.m.

UMT’s Tia Trudgeon and Elizabeth Peterson share some event history while volunteers continue cleaning up the snow.

Upper Michigan Today takes its show on the road to the U.P. Nordic Ski Complex ahead of the 136th Annual Ski Jumping Tournament.

Some volunteers have been grooming the complex since about 10:30 Thursday night. Others, like Carter Mattson, arrived early Friday morning to ensure everything is set ahead of the event.

He explains what else needs to be done on the day of a tournament of this magnitude.

Volunteers and crews are still preparing the hills at the U.P. Nordic Ski Complex as of Friday morning ahead of Friday evening's ski jumping tournament.

Skiers from all over the world will begin arriving Friday morning for the evening’s competition.

Jacob Fuller of Illinois says it’s exciting coming to the U.P. Nordic Ski Complex because they don’t have a 90-meter jump, or nearly as much snow, in his home area. He talks about his process of training.

United States Ski Association Official Zach explains the process of judging the athletes.

A ski jumping athlete and a USSA official talk about what it takes to participate in Ishpeming's 136th Annual Ski Jumping Tournament.

And finally, Elizabeth and Tia run through a schedule of events and share their tips for making the most of the evening.

Parking is limited at the U.P. Nordic Ski Complex, so it’s suggested that you park your car at Negaunee High School and take the free shuttle to and from the hills.

Upper Michigan Today shares what to expect and what to know as a spectator at Ishpeming's 136th Annual Ski Jumping Tournament.

You can learn more about Ishpeming’s 136th Annual Ski Jumping Tournament at ishskiclub.com.

You can watch Upper Michigan Today on weekdays at 9:00 a.m. on FOX UP.