LAKE GENEVA — With temperatures expected to be well above freezing heading into the 2024 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship, organizers are getting help from a local company to keep their snow block frozen.
The annual event runs from Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2024 in downtown Lake Geneva, but temperatures could reach 40 degrees, according to the latest forecasts.
A Facebook post Thursday asked area concrete companies if they’d be able to donate concrete insulated concrete blankets to keep the snow cylanders cold.
“With these unprecidented high temps we are looking for concrete companies that will let us use their 12’x25′ insulated concrete blankets to wrap the snow blocks and keep them from melting away,” read a social media post from team North Dakota.
“We need 45 blankets to cover all 15 blocks. We will keep them clean and undamaged.”
Shortly after the call went out, Mike and Stefanie Keisler of Keisler Contractors LLC in Elkhorn stepped up to donate the blankets.
Crews will begin making forms from snow brought in from the Geneva National Ski Hill, and sculpting will begin Wednesday afternoon.