Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove postponed due to warm weather

  • Organizers of the Norge Ski Club's annual tournament in Fox River Grove have postponed the event until February.

      Organizers of the Norge Ski Club's annual tournament in Fox River Grove have postponed the event until February. Rick West | Staff Photographer, 2022

 
By Aaron Dorman
Shaw Local News Network
Updated 1/25/2023 6:17 AM

The organizers for the annual Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove were never worried about having enough snow, but they do need the weather to be cold.

An unseasonably warm January has caused the 118th annual Norge Ski Jump to be postponed until February, organizers said on Tuesday.

 

Originally scheduled for Jan. 28-29, the event will now take place Feb. 11-12, Norge Ski Club President Scott Smith said.

It is only the second time in the history of the ski jump that it had to be postponed, Smith said, noting the other time was six years ago.

"Our plan was to make snow early this week, but temperatures changed on us," Smith said. "We will make snow as soon as it gets cold. This is very unusual, for sure."

The ski jump uses snow guns that need only air and water to create snow, but the temperature has to be 20 degrees or below for them to work, Smith said.

Everything about the event, including concessions and competitions, "will still be the same, just two weeks later," Smith said, adding that the club expected around 40 competitors for the big jump and 80 skiers in total at the event.

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Presale buttons purchased for the original event will still be valid, Smith said.

The competition will begins at noon on both days. Presale tickets cost $20, whereas admission will be $25 at the gate.

For tickets and more information, visit norgeskiclub.org.

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