Preparing Silver Mine Ski Hill for Annual Tournament


“Silver Mine Turns Gold” is this year’s theme for the 133rd Silver Mine Invitational in Eau Claire. The Eau Claire Ski Club celebrating 50 years at Silver Mine Hill

This week’s two-day competition will once again feature 50 to 60 of the top ski jumpers from the United States and around the world. All part of the 5 hills tour and U.S. Cup tournament series.

Crews spent Sunday grooming the hill, pushing around the recently made snow. Tournament Director Dan Mattoon admits conditions have been anything but ideal in getting Silver Mine ready.

“You just never know what Mother Nature is going to send our way, this of course has been a very big challenge with all the warm weather, the rain, the lack of snow. But out here at the ski hill we’ve had couple of weeks off and on that we were able to make snow. We’ve made all kind of snow out here so we’re sitting really good for snow levels and snow depths for us and for the jumps and we’re easily going to maintain for our tournament here upcoming,” said Mattoon.

Silver Mine Chief of Hill Zach Jastrow adds, “Even if we had natural snow, you still have to groom it, you have to put everything together. And it’s not just the hill, it’s the entire grounds, all the administration behind it, everything that it takes to run the event. It takes a large culmination of a lot of people and a lot of effort and a lot of hours together to make something so cool as Silver Mine.”

Jastrow says they hope to have the hill ready for practice jumps by this Wednesday with the competition again set for this Friday and Saturday night.

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