MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Winter Sports Complex in Muskegon County is brown, as is most of West Michigan. But after a few phone calls and pleas for help the park's luge track will be open this weekend.
Cannonsburg Ski Area offered the park two huge loads of snow. Tuesday morning the delivery was made.
"White gold is what we call it," says Jim Rudicil.
Without the imported snow, 300 luge reservation for this weekend would have been canceled. Cannonsburg has dozens of snow making machines. 45 yards of the white stuff was offered to the Winter Sports Complex at no charge.
"If we are able to help out and do it to help the winter sports vibe, then we are happy to do it," says John Losey of the Cannonsburg Ski Area.
Muskegon County tourism leaders had made an extra effort this year to attract riders to the luge track with billboards around the state. But the push for visitors made the lack of snow even more stressful for Rudicil.
"We are going to be doing everything in our power to have the track open."
The luge track is built each year by hand. Workers will spend the rest of the week spraying the snow with water and fine tuning the shape of the ice so riders will have a fast, smooth ride down the track.
One local teen who knows how to get down a luge track with speed is Riley Stohr. Tuesday the 16-year-old from Whitehall competed at the Luge Junior World Championships in Utah. Now he lives and trains in Lake Placid, New York. He got his start, as did Olympic luger Mark Grimmet, at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.