WOODRUFF - A lack of snow in the winter can affect local businesses and tourists. But it can also affect the high school cross country ski season.
There's only a couple inches of soft snow on the ground in Woodruff.
"We really want to be on snow," said junior, Celesté Teichmiller.
And that forces the Lakeland Union cross country ski team to get creative.
"Skipping and hopping and resistance work," said head coach, Jim Mullen.
This season has been about average in terms of snow fall, but it's melted at a faster rate.
"Skiing in Wisconsin is always an adventure," said Mullen.
That's an adventure that the Lakeland Union boys team has overcome.
"Winning state has been a tradition at Lakeland after winning it the last three years," said senior, Kieran Mullen.
And they want to keep that tradition going, despite these unusual practices.
"We're looking to repeat that and it's not necessarily a hope, but more of an expectation," said Kieran Mullen.
The team is doing a lot of cardio and minimal ski workouts. But there's one movement that they're missing.
"You're trying to imitate glide which is very hard so obviously on snow activities are the best for training skiers, but we make it happen," said Jim Mullen.
They have not had to cancel any meets so far this season, but they're hoping it snows a lot by December 19th which is their first team meet.
"We try our hardest to do everything else and perfect everything else," said Teichmiller.
This weekend, some of the athletes said they will go practice in Michigan and areas in northwest Wisconsin, like Cable who have gotten a lot more snow than the Northwoods have.