Pat from the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce wrote:

A total of 240 students from 18 high schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin are competing in the 38th annual Welch Village/Hastings H.S. Invitational Alpine Ski Meet on today, Friday, January, 18, 2013 at Welch Village. The conditions should be ideal for racing with our natural and manufactured snow base of two to six feet on the racing slopes, with very mild temps for this time of year. The racers are excited for the event which takes place on Lookout and Bakkelyka.


The invitational race has seen many U.S. Olympian competitors such as Cindy Nelson, Kristina Koznick and Tasha Nelson. It is a forerunner of the sectional and state championship races held in Minnesota in early February, and often foretells the top finishers in later races.”

Welch Village Ski resort is open for business. Combine that with a B&B getaway weekend for fun winter getaway. We are 15 minutes away from the slopes. Look forward to a huge breakfast that we offer and then hit the slopes for a day of skiing then back to the Quill and Quilt for a hot tub soak before going out to dinner. There is not a better way to beat the winter then at its own game.

A few days before the torrential rains of last week showed up and washed out part of Welch (which is why the Cannon Valley Trail is only open to Welch at the moment), I stopped on the bike and snapped a couple photos of this dedication and a shot of the Welch Station. The dedication has the map of the trail but also some very cool pottery style art. If you zoom in you can see quite a bit of detail went into this. The names of the people and organizations that have donated significantly to the trail are also listed toward the top on the left end. If you have never biked the Cannon Valley Trail, I highly recommend it, it is a really nice trail.

Once the trail gets back to normal operations, they will resume the events they have started to do in the early afternoon on Saturdays. The day I was there they had cantina music and fresh cut watermelon.

I expect this kind of thing will be going again by next weekend.