UMD ski team faces harsh weather at nationals

As we in the Northland brace for a bit of snow over the next few days, some students from the University of Minnesota Duluth are dealing with massive amounts of snow. Mammoth Lakes, California was cleaning up after an incredible snowfall of over 500 inches, just as some UMD students arrived.

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The UMD ski team is participating in the United States collegiate ski and snowboard championships, and they say that getting there was a challenge.

Jens Dohse, a member of the ski team said, “When we got 40 minutes away from Mammoth, California at the base of the mountain, the road was closed, and it was blocked off by police and the told us we had to wait there or go find a hotel.”

The team waited there for nearly three hours before they were allowed to continue up the mountain. And with even more heavy snow in the forecast, their new concern is just making it home.

“They are going to try to get us out of here, but I don’t know, if we get snowed in it’s not going to be fun”, says Dohse.

The ski championships were supposed to run through Saturday but because of the new snow coming it has been shortened to end Friday.