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Loppet Foundation prepares trails for World Cup Race

Crews are stockpiling snow for the mid-March event in case of warmer temperatures.

MINNEAPOLIS — At Theodore Wirth Park Tuesday, you couldn't ask for a better day for a cross country ski lesson.

Susan Meyer is learning from Ingrid Remak on the trails world class athletes will eventually take over.

"Doesn't get much better than this," said Remak. 

The only thing missing maybe is some more help from mother nature.

"We'd all take a little bit more snow," said Remak. 

So just in case the Loppet Foundation is making snow and saving it more so than usual because those world class athletes will be here for the first World Cup Race ever in Minneapolis in mid-March.

"March you don't know what you're going to get for sure," said Isaac Kasper. 

He is the trails and trailhead director. He says there's a chance for a warm-up in March so he has to make sure the 1.7 kilometer course is ready and challenging enough.

"We make snow either way, we're just making more and there are spots around the course where we're going to make some extra piles this year so that if we get a big meltdown before the event [we can] recover the course with snow if needed," said Kasper. 

Call it the fight against mother nature...

To keep the course in good shape now for those learning and for the best in the world in March. 

The World Cup event starts March 14th. The race will cap off the event on the 17th.

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