A little snow and ice won’t stop Minnesotans from getting together, but, it goes without saying, something else might. The Wayzata Chilly Open might look different this year, but Brooke Beyer, director of community events and marketing at the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce, and her team hope that this year’s event will warm everyone’s spirits.
Set for February 5-6 on Wayzata Bay, Beyer says the team is working with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure that the event is safe and welcoming and monitoring Gov. Tim Walz’s executive orders related to the pandemic is part of this year’s planning process.
The final word on the event likely won’t be set in … ice until just before its set to kickoff. If all goes as hoped, the event begins on Friday with Cinema and Skates, a free event. Watch a featured movie on the jumbo screen, and skate on the luminaire-lit ice.
Golfing is to start on Saturday. “Last year, we had over 1,800 golfers, and our biggest team was 36 players—all friends!” Beyer says, but it could all look very different this year. What won’t change is the community’s excitement and devotion to this annual event. See you on the ice—