MINNEAPOLIS - Monday's storm brought the largest snowfall seen in seven years. While it was a nightmare for drivers and air travelers, it was a beautiful sight for City of Lakes Loppet organizers.
All the trails for the urban cross country ski festival were rolled Tuesday night, and the final touches under bridges and through tunnels will happen Wednesday night.
The snow also added an extra layer to the American Birkebeiner International Bridge, a centerpiece in this year's event on the Nicollet Mall.
"The extra snow really beefed up what we have here," explained John Munger, executive director of the Loppet Foundation. "So that will be exciting to watch in downtown Minneapolis."
The Loppet is one of the Twin Cities' signature winter events, bringing in thousands of spectators.
Events begin Saturday, January 27 and goes through February 4. One highlight will be the Luminary Loppet, which will take place the night before Super Bowl 52. For more information, visit the event website here.