Beginning January 23 the International Paralympic Committee’s Nordic Skiing World Championships, known as Cable 2015, will return to the storied Telemark Resort. This will be one of the largest gatherings of these elite athletes since the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia and will mark only the second time this prestigious event has been held in the United States. Athletes will compete on the same trail that hosts the American Birkebeiner ski race, the largest cross country ski race in North America.
Spectators at Cable 2015 can witness pomp and pageantry at the Opening Ceremony on January 23, complete with a torch lighting, parade of nations and artistic performances similar to what one would witness at an Olympic event. Competition begins on January 24th and continues through February 1st. Team USA is highlighted by several remarkable athletes including Andy Soule, the first American to win a Paralympic medal in Biathlon, and Oksana Masters and Tatyana McFadden, who each won Nordic medals in Sochi. Most of the men on Team USA are veterans representing every branch of military service. The U.S squad is hoping that having the world championships on ‘home soil’ will motivate them onto the medal platform several times. Nightly medal ceremonies will hopefully see the stars and stripes hoisted into the cool winter skies with spectators singing the Star Spangled Banner. Make sure you’re there to lend your voices!
While in the Cable Area, take the time to explore. The Cable Natural History Museum, located in downtown Cable, is the only natural history museum in the entire upper Great Lakes Region and offers visitors an opportunity to connect with the natural beauty found throughout the Cable Area. Take a drive north to Bayfield to witness the natural phenomenon known as the Ice Caves. Located on Lake Superior, the ice caves are a breath-taking example of true natural beauty. Giant ice formations fall from the ceilings of numerous natural caves found along the Lake Superior National Lakeshore. Dress warm, visitors must park on shore and hike out onto Lake Superior to explore the cave formations.
If great food is what you’re after, don’t miss a chance to visit the Brick House Café in downtown Cable. Recently featured on the hit TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the Brick House offers dishes like Brioche stuffed French toast, espresso flavored pulled pork sandwiches and numerous other mouth-watering dishes sure to satisfy every taste bud. The Rivers Eatery offers exceptional stone fired pizzas and the Rookery will leave you puzzled that you are in a remote part of northern Wisconsin and not in a 5 star restaurant in New York or L.A.
One thing is for sure; exceptional adventures await all who visit Northern Wisconsin for the Nordic Skiing World Championships this winter!