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PRESQUE ISLE, Me. (WAGM) - It didn't take long for Jason Bartley to get out on the skis.

"As soon as the snow started we were out here," Bartley said.

And the trails are in great shape at the heritage center because they got right out there with the skiers to prep the trails

"They've been doing a pretty good job getting out here and getting after it, rolling it, so when we get more we'll have a good base for those later races in the season." Bartley said.

Bartley used to compete at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, now he skies on his own. But the Nordic Heritage Center has got plenty of competitions coming up so he can measure himself against other skiers. And the competition at local races can have a wide range.

"Local races here are pretty awesome, because any given weekend you can have a bunch of master blaster's and then like the college kids," Bartley said. "Or you can have Olympians show up like Russell Currier so it makes it interesting and it makes it a lot of fun."

The competitions will come, Bartley is enjoying just getting out on the trails.