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Hundreds of skiers had been waiting to hit the trails at Nine Mile Forest for the Badger State Games.
"I've been on several tracks in Wisconsin, this is definitely the best one for cross country," said Skier Gunter Malik.
But this winter's unusual weather created quite the challenge for organizers and competitors.
"The weather was creating some drama, leading up to the week, but you look around, we've got great conditions for the skiers," said Central Wisconsin Visitor's Bureau Executive Director, Darien Schaefer.
Malik has been coming to the Nordic Skiing competition for five years.
He said he was concerned the event would get canceled.
"It started to warm up and just melted away except for the drifts," said Malik.
He wasn't the only one worried.
"Volunteers to athletes were watching the weather reports and you know, that snow on Wednesday clenched the deal for us," said Schaefer.
But organizers said canceling the event was a last resort.
"It wouldn't have been the 25th anniversary if we couldn't have had the nordic event be a part of it," said Schaefer.
Organizers and avid skiers alike said last week's snow was just what the trails needed.
"They've been the best that I've seen to date, they're really perfect," said Malik.
With great trails and conditions, everyone got the chance to celebrate the event's 25-year milestone.
"The Badger State Games is a part of the Wausau area, it's a part of Wisconsin, it's an iconic winter sports festival," said Schaefer.
A festival saved by winter weather at the perfect time.
Organizers said more than 500 people competed in the events on Saturday.
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