Wis. Nordic Ski State Championship kicks off in Cable

By KBJR News 1

February 8, 2014 Updated Feb 9, 2014 at 12:45 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- High school ski teams from across Wisconsin littered the grounds of Telemark lodge in Cable Wisconsin for the Nordic Ski State Championships

350 middle school and high school students from Wisconsin skied their best for a chance to take home the Championship title.

Skiers participated in the 5k free style race on Saturday.

"Skate race 5k, is my favorite type of racing so I'm really excited about it," said, Erin Bolger, a senior at Lakeland High School in Minocqua, Wis.

That race will determine which place each skier starts in for the classic race on Sunday.

Erin didn't get serious about skate skiing until her junior year of high school; luckily, the sport runs in the family.

"We are a family of skiers," said Sandy Bolger, Erin's mom and Race Director. "It started with my oldest son. He was the one who decided as a 13-year-old he wanted to try it, so he did. My other son, Kevin, decided after him to join in; so we just got sucked into it, and now her being the sister she said I want to try it so here we go."

Erin came out on top at the conference race in January, putting her in 12 for the start of the State Championship races.

"Conference I actually was able to win it, so that got me a good starting position coming into this weekend," said Erin.

While the course had its ups and downs, Erin was happy with her finish.

"I passed nine girls while I was out there, so that felt good knowing I already passed a bunch of girls," she said.

The open style course was the main reason organizers chose Telemark grounds as this year's location for the state championships.

"The challenge of the course, the width of the course; that's why we brought it here because these Telemark trails, this venue, is top notch in the state of Wisconsin," said Race Organizer, Sandy Bolger.

Erin came in first for in her class in the skate ski race which will put her in a good position for a win on Sunday.

To watch the races live again on Sunday and to view results, click here

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.