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Snow fit for the Super Bowl

Earlier in January, Welch Village created a large snow pile for use during the Polaris UpsideDowntown taking place Saturday, Feb. 3, near the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. Photo courtesy of Peter Zotalis1 / 2
The snow will be used primarily for the landing zone, where professional snow athletes will perform stunts and jumps. Photo courtesy of Peter Zotalis2 / 2

Downtown Minneapolis will be buzzing with activities before US Bank Stadium houses football's biggest game Sunday, Feb. 4. With help from Welch Village, Polaris Industries will showcase the best of extreme winter sports at Polaris UpsideDowntown on Saturday, Feb. 3. The outdoor event will include snowmobile stunts, meet and greets with snow athletes, giveaways, and other outdoor fun. At 1:30 p.m., Levi Lavelle, a well-known pro rider, will perform his signature backflip jump over Nicollet Mall at 11th Street.

Sticking the landing

Close to 50 cubic yards of snow from Welch Village snow guns will be used to construct ramps for professional riders to perform stunts. Welch Village President and General Manager Peter Zotalis said event coordinators will be sending down four large dump trucks either late Feb. 2 or early Feb. 3 to transport the snow to Nicollet Mall.

"Polaris UpsideDowntown is going to put the bold in Bold North," CEO for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Maureen Bausch said in a released statement. "Our goal is creating a Super Bowl experience in Minnesota that delivers unforgettable experiences for our guests, and Polaris and Levi LaVallee are going to put on a thrilling show for our visitors."

The stunt show features LaVallee, along with three other professional snowmobile athletes, including Justin Hoyer, a native of Ellsworth. LaVellee, a native Minnesotan, holds the world record for snowmobile distance jump and is a seven-time gold medalist at the ESPN Winter X Games. Hoyer is also an X Games gold medalist.