Despite Low Snow, IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Kicks Off Sunday

By KBJR News 1

January 9, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM CDT

Cable, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- A winter with low snow totals almost prevented a major sporting event from coming to fruition in Cable Wisconsin.

"The conditions on the course based on the natural snow would never allow this event to happen," said Rick Carpenter, a Partner with the Telemark Resort. "We had to truck in 400 dump truck loads of manmade snow and smooth it out to give them the course Mother Nature didn't give us this year."

The danger of losing the International Paralympic Nordic Skiing World Cup rallied organizers and volunteers in the eleventh hour.

"This year we haven't been as fortunate, the Northwoods hasn't been as fortunate. The storms keep going south or north," said James Bolen with the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce.

The event, in its second year in Cable is providing a much needed economic boost in a snowless winter.

"It really drives people here." said Bolen. "It gives them a reason to come here and it drives our economy so especially in the wintertime, it's a lifesaver for our businesses."

In just a few days, the Telemark Resort which right now is basically empty will be filled with people and athletes from all over the world, filling spectators with inspiration.

"They are amazing athletes and they don't mind any challenges or difficulties," said Yuriy Gusev.

Officials are hoping to see them again for years to come.

"It's just an amazing thing to see, especially after last year I'm looking forward to seeing these guys again," said Bolen.

The competition kicks off Sunday.