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Cross Country Skiers Finally Get the Snow They Wanted

MADISON (WKOW) – It’s too cold for golf at Odana Hills, but now that there’s finally snow, it’s heaven for cross country skiers.

Michael Batuzich hasn’t been able to go skiing this year until Monday.

“I bought a ski pass,” he said. “Used it one weekend out of the first two years.”

Needless to say, he was happy to see snow over the weekend.

“Heck yeah!” he said. “Very happy to see it.”

Joshua Schmitt of the Madison Parks Division said so far, they’ve had to rely on man-made snow.

“It’s great to see snow like this,” he said. “It’s great to see people out enjoying the parks.”

Skiers said they didn’t mind the freezing temperatures because the snow was perfect Monday for cross country skiing.

“The snow’s great actually,” Batuzich said. “And the weather’s great I thought. I was worried when I got up this morning. It was minus 12 or something… But it’s not bad. My hands are fine. My feet are good.”

Zoe Horns is an experienced skier, and she was dressed for the frigid weather.

“I have three layers, and I also have a pair of leggings underneath these pants,” she said. “I normally ski in the teens or twenties. I haven’t done where it’s just single digits in a while.”

Connor Myse is less experienced, but he decided to go out anyway.

“I wasn’t wearing gloves, and I fell on my hands,” he said, laughing. “I was ready to turn around when that happened.”

With more snow on the way Tuesday, skiers of all levels are looking forward to smooth riding.

Schmitt said the Parks Division is hoping to open up more ice skating rinks soon, as well – including at Tenney Park.

Andrew Merica

Reporter/Producer, 27 News

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