Are you feeling the cold sweat of cabin fever?
Does it seem as if this winter is dragging on forever?
The prescription is a spark of enthusiastic outdoor activity.
The cure is here. A transfusion of ski jumping week has arrived.
Thousands of ski jumping fans will converge on Giant Pine Mountain this weekend for the 2012 Bellin Health Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumping Competition.
More than 50 jumpers from as many as 12 countries are expected to compete for king of the hill honors. But before we gather at the hill, let's go over the ground rules.
Officials of the Kiwanis Ski Club met recently with local law enforcement officials to establish event guidelines for the upcoming Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Competition, which will be held Feb. 10-12.
In attendance at the meeting were representatives of the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office, Kingsford Public Safety Department, Iron Mountain Police Department, Michigan State Police, and the Dickinson County Road Commission.
The agencies noted there will be officers patrolling for violations, including minors in possession of alcohol (MIP).
Area residents should note that Pine Mountain Road will be closed to through traffic Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday Feb. 12, starting at approximately 8 a.m. both days.
The following guidelines have been established to assure the safety and the enjoyment of all those in attendance at the competition, officials said.
Special emphasis will be placed on containing fires in the parking lot. All fires must be contained and under control at all times, excess size and smoke will not be tolerated.
Burning barrels or approved commercial contained fireplaces must be used.
No fires may be started on the ground; no pallets can be burned; no bales of hay or straw may be burned, no Christmas trees and no furniture may be burned.
General Event Guidelines:
- By 11 a.m. Saturday Feb. 11, all vehicles in general admission parking must be parked bumper to the snowbank
- By 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, all vehicles in general admission parking must be parked bumper to the snowbank
- Admission buttons must be worn and visible at all times starting Friday, Feb. 10.
- There is no access to the top of the hill on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday of the event.
- Snowmobiles and ORV's may not ride in the parking lot. (These vehicles may park in the far west end of the lot.)
- Campers, RV's and buses will all have designated parking areas. Call 774-4580 for more information.
- Stereo noise must be kept to a minimum at all times.
- The construction of shelters is strongly discouraged. If you find it necessary, the height must not exceed 6 feet as a courtesy to those behind you.
- Reminder, refrigerator box type "homemade" porta johns will not be permitted.
- Please clean up after yourselves.
- All spectators must vacate the parking lot by 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday after the competition.
- All state laws and county ordinances will be enforced, including MIP and other alcohol related violations.
- Animals are discouraged at the complex. If you bring them, they must be on a leash - no exceptions.
- No sliding on any of the hills on or adjacent to the landing hill.
Sit back and enjoy the show.
See you at the hill.