When thinking of outdoor adventure or unique things to do outside (especially in the winter), I often forget that fun can be found right in my own backyard–literally. No airfare, luggage or security lines here–only things needed are an entrance button and your best viking attire. In Fox River Grove, IL the last weekend in January, the Norge Ski Club holds its annual Norge Ski Tournament. This year’s competition (its 106th) hosted top rated ski jumpers from all over the world including Slovenia, Norway, Finland, Poland and the U.S. each hoping to qualify and advance to future tournaments or win medals in their respective divisions. With over 1,000 attendees daily, it’s also a popular event for spectactors. Some begin tailgating in the parking areas long before the gates open and others wander in and out throughout the two day event-a $10 button will get you in for both weekend days. Food including chili and hot dogs is available for purchase as well as plenty of Jägermeister and Fireball shots to keep your spirits up and warm you from the inside. If your sad that you missed this event, no worries, Norge hosts several jumps a year (even a summer jump-no snow needed). For everything you need to know about the Norge Ski Club and upcoming events, click here or you can visit their Facebook page here.
Fox River Grove resident Marty Knapp has been the official Norge Viking for the last 35 years.
Doing a “shot-ski” with friends