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The Wicked Winter Ski Tour 

More than 100 skiers were out enjoying the calm before the storm Sunday morning, skiing from Bangor to Orono for the Great Caribou Wicked Winter Ski Tour and Race.Skiers of all ages – including a group of 2- to 6-year-olds – got the chance to enjoy beautiful local scenery on the 17 kilometer track (with little ones traveling just part of that distance). Many people were happy to participate since the event helps raise money to help conserve the area.TV-5 stopped by the finish line to find out more about the day.”The track was wicked fast,” says skier Bill Deighan, “and it was also hard, it you met it.””It was fast, a lot of people passed me, I didn’t pass a lot of people, but it was a lot of fun,” says skier Jack Rawcliffe, as his friends laugh.”We have a lot of beautiful natural land here that a lot of people don’t explore, and it’s been maintained with tremendous trails,” says skier Paul Templeton. “And the people who organized it, especially Chris Dorion, put so much into it.””The goal is to create some conservation land, not preservation, conservation,” says event organizer Chris Dorion. “So it’s traditional use. Skiing is one use, people hunt in the fall, there are a couple of snowmobile trails on it.”This is the event’s 24th year. Organizers say they lucked out with the weather today…it hasn’t always been so pleasant in years past.