How we got to be the first people to ski at Veteran's Park in Milwaukee

jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,232 Mega Baller
Though algae blooms and whatnot have caused the Malibu open to move to South Carolina starting in 2017, those years in Milwaukee from 2010 to 2016 at the lakefront were really cool. 2010 especially, man, everyone showed up and it was so incredibly amazing.

I've had this story (link below as well) banging around in my head for a while and finally got it down on paper with images and everything. My boat played a teeny tiny part in the grand scheme of things but hopefully you find this to be a fun read:

And an OG pic of Jamie B from 2010 just for fun:



  • PeterAKPeterAK Posts: 69 Baller
    This is awesome! As a Milwaukee resident, I'd love to see an event come back to this venue.
    Milwaukee and Waupaca, WI -- Let me know if you are in the area and want to get together to ski!
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,291 Mega Baller
    @PeterAK my now wife then girlfriend had an apartment by the metro market at Juneau and van Buren that was a great event less than a mile down the hill....

    That site needs a ski club
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,969 Mega Baller
    I was just there last week. Such good memories! So sad all it's used for is stupid rental paddle boats.
    boats are like girlfriends you love them however there is another one around the corner - bananaron, July 21, 2020
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,207 Mega Baller
    Awesome memories of going to Milwaukee with the family for a weekend of watching the Pros. Such a great venue and always a lot of cool stuff happening while skiing was going on too.
  • wtstapelwtstapel Posts: 10 Baller
    That's awesome. Really wish the Malibu open was still 30 minutes from my door.
  • ColeGiacopuzziColeGiacopuzzi Posts: 568 Open or Level 9 Skier
    Such a cool story @jhughes!! I was fortunate to be able to go one year and compete I think 2015. What a unreal feeling getting to ski right next to the city. I remember skiing early in the morning, it was pretty cool out. The lagoon was Shallow, and had a pretty quick setup but it was an awesome experience. One of the coolest sites they had as a pro stop back then no doubt.
  • DyscoDysco Posts: 89 Baller
    I drove 2 1/2 hrs to attend. Fantastic place to watch. I did cringe when skiers had to walk out of the lagoon. I can't imagine the bottom is clear of multiple sharp objects.
    Most certainly having a location like that for a practice and amateur tournament site would be great for the sport.
  • tru-jacktru-jack Posts: 262 Baller
    Thanks @jhughes our family travelled twice from north side of Toronto. Tossed a Chicago trip in one year and the high speed ferry across Lake Michigan the next. Milwaukee was a great city, and exceeded all expectations. Spent the first year at same hotel as athletes, with kid’s getting lots of autographs and memories.
  • BKistlerBKistler Posts: 132 Baller
    Well done.
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