MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Warmer weather is affecting some winter sports at the University of Minnesota.
Higher temperatures cause more snowmelt and shorter ski seasons. Two seasons ago, the university’s Nordic ski team could not participate in the American Birkebeiner, which was canceled because of warm weather.READ MORE: Children's Wisconsin Still Treating 7 Victims From Waukesha Christmas Parade Crash
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Grant Halvorson, president of the university’s Nordic ski team, says cross-country courses have to make more artificial snow because of light-snow winters. That increases the cost for group members who want to race.
The Minnesota Daily reports the university’s Alpine ski team is faring better. The president of the downhill ski team says he’s not too worried, because of ski resorts’ ability to make artificial snow.MORE NEWS: Forest Lake Police Shoot, Wound Man 'Who Presented A Threat To Officers'
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