Lake City Skiers enjoy big turnout, 5th place finish in national tournament

Some of the tournament relied on theatrics. News Now Warsaw photos by Dan Spalding.
By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — Lake City Skiers had their best finish ever at the Division One National Show Ski Tournament hosted by the team over the last three days.

The team finished 5th and also took first place in the barefoot competition.

But it also appears the team has won plenty of respect from the show ski community for its accommodations at Hidden Lake.

This year marks the second time in four years they’ve hosted it and is now in position to host the event again in 2026.

A social media editor for the tournament, Caili Scheele, gave the local team high marks.

“Lake City Skiers’ hospitality is like none other,” Scheele said. “They do an amazing job. They’re so supportive. What do you need? How can we help? What can we do better? — they’ve always done a good job.?

Chuck McLaughlin, with the Lake City Skiers, said they believe the three-day event bright in about 13,000 people to watch the nation’s top show skiers.

They also had a sizeable turnout early Saturday morning when the Lake City Skiers performed.

He said he was especially appreciative of the local support.

“We had a packed house. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if there were 3,000 people here,” McLaughlin said.

As is often the case, the tournament was dominated by teams from Wisconsin.

This year’s champions were the Rock Aqua Jays from Janesville, Wisconsin.