Weather helps out Winter games

UNDATED (AP) -- Organizers of the 20th annual Badger Winter Games say ideal weather helped boost participation to the best in years.

Marketing director Jessica Gammey says adequate snow and seasonal temperatures brought more onsite registrations for snowshoe racing and quadrathon events.

Skiing and snowboarding commissioner Marc Zimmerman says getting snow every few days gets people thinking about skiing and gets them to come out. He says hill conditions were just about perfect.

Gammey says 2005 was the last really good snowfall, but it was extremely cold and some of the events had to be canceled.

The three largest events this year were Nordic skiing, with about 500 participants. Figure skating had about 600. And, hockey had about 1,600 youths and 500 adults participated at 12 sites around central Wisconsin.

Competition took place over the last two weekends.

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