Pine Mountain Ski Jump
The Pine Mountain Ski Jump is one of the highest artificially created ski jumps in the world, located in Iron Mountain, Michigan, Dickinson County It is part of the Kiwanis Ski Club and hosts annual FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup competitions. "Pine Mountain Slide is known throughout the world as one of the better jumping hills." Annually in February, it "hosts jumpers from around the world at the best tournament in the United States." Top-rated foreign jumpers compete. "All classes of records have been set on Pine Mountain, including the international record of 459 feet (140 m)." Attendance is about 20,000.
- Scaffold height: 176 feet (54 m)
- Scaffold length: 380 feet (120 m)
- Length of underhill (end of take-off to outrun): 632 feet (193 m)
- Length of underhill (end of scaffold to end of outrun): 1,032 feet (315 m)
- Critical point (K-point) of landing hill: 394 feet (120 m)
- Pitch of landing hill: 39°
- Estimated speed of skiers at takeoff (variable depending on wind and other factors): 55–65 mph (89–105 km/h)
Construction of the jump began in 1937 and was completed in 1938. At the time it was 156 feet (48 m) high. It hosted its first competition in 1939. In 1948, the outrun was dug out, and in 1977 the inrun tower was made larger (to the current 176 feet (54 m)) after a fire. There have been numerous other renovations over the years. In 1996 and 2000 the hill hosted the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, bringing in 20,000 spectators. However, it has not hosted one since, and now hosts annual FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup competitions.
There are two other ski jumps in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan: Copper Peak is the only Ski flying venue in the western hemisphere, located near Ironwood, Michigan (and has been called "Suicide hill"), as well as the pre-existing Suicide Hill Ski Jump located at Ishpeming, Michigan, which is near the National Ski Hall of Fame.
Below is the list of past and current record holders:
|Year||Distance (m)||Distance (ft)||Name||Country|
|1939||78||256||Rocker, BobBob Rocker||USA|
|1941||81.5||267||Engen, AlfAlf Engen||NOR|
|1942||88||289||Tokle, TorgerTorger Tokle||NOR|
|1949||89||292||Perrault, JoeJoe Perrault||USA|
|1949||89.5||294||Pietikäinen, MattiMatti Pietikäinen||FIN|
|1949||90.5||297||Perrault, JoeJoe Perrault||USA|
|1955||91.5||300||Maki, RudyRudy Maki||USA|
|1961||96||315||Brennan, JimJim Brennan||USA|
|1962||96.5||317||Tirkkinen, PekkaPekka Tirkkinen||FIN|
|1965||99||325||Balfanz, JohnJohn Balfanz||USA|
|1968||102||335||Watt, AdrianAdrian Watt||USA|
|1971||105||344||Martin, JerryJerry Martin||USA|
|1978||113||371||Aberer, GebhartGebhart Aberer||AUT|
|1980||121.5||399||Kogler, ArminArmin Kogler||AUT|
|1991||122||400||Schuster, WernerWerner Schuster||AUT|
|1996-02-18||131.5||431||Harada, MasahikoMasahiko Harada||JPN|
|1996-02-18||131.5||431||Weißflog, JensJens Weißflog||GER|
|1996-02-18||140||460||Harada, MasahikoMasahiko Harada||JPN|
|2002-02-23||142||466||Keituri, KalleKalle Keituri||FIN|
|2004-02-21||142||466||Dønnem, Olav MagneOlav Magne Dønnem||NOR|
|2006-02-18||142.5||468||Kaiser, StefanStefan Kaiser||AUT|
|2009-02-15||142.5||468||Müller, LukasLukas Müller||AUT|
|2009-02-15||143.5||471||Thurnbichler, StefanStefan Thurnbichler||AUT|
List of Events Held
- FIS Continental Cup held January 29, 30, and 31, 2010.
- FIS Continental Cup held February 7, 8, and 9, 2014.
From US Highway 2 in town (Iron Mountain), turn west onto Kent Street just south of the Chapin Pit, and follow the signs. In about 3⁄4 mile (1.2 km), look for Upper Pine Mountain Road which winds up to the hilltop. There is no charge. The view from the observation deck at the top of the jump is about 30 miles (48 km).
- "Kiwanis Ski Club". Iron Mountain, Pine Mountain, 120 metre ski jump. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- "Continental Cup Ski Jumping February 11, 12, & 13, 2011". Ski Jumping at the Pine Mountain Ski Jump, Iron Mountain, Michigan. Exploring the North. 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- "Iron Mountain, Pine Mountain Ski Jump". Hunt’s Guide to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- "Ironwood Copper Peak". Ski Jumping Hill Archive. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- Baulch, Vivian M. (February 1, 2002). "Michigan's long history of ski jumping". The Detroit News. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
- Deuter, Ron (February 16, 2009). "Austrian teen wins at Pine Mountain". Iron Mountain: Daily Press. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
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