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VikersundbakkenWorld Cup Ski flying 2011.jpg
City or Town Vikersund
Country Norway
Opened 29 Jan 1936 (LH Test)
16 Feb 1936 (LH official)
12 Mar 1966 (FH conversion)
Renovated 1956, 1966, 1977, 1990, 2000, 2011
K-spot K-195
Hill size HS 225
Hill record 246.5 m (809 ft) World record icon.svg
Norway Johan Remen Evensen
(11 February 2011)
World Championships 1977, 1990, 2000, 2012

Vikersundbakken is a ski flying hill at Vikersund in Modum, Norway. It is the largest in the world. Five world records have been set on the hill, with the current of 246.5 meters being set by Johan Remen Evensen.[1] The complex also consists of a large hill, a normal hill and several training hills.

The hill opened in 1936 as a large hill. It was rebuilt to become a ski flying hill in 1964 and has later been converted in 1989, 1999 and 2010. The large hill was built in 1988. The hill was the first to receive floodlights in 2006. It has hosted the FIS Ski-Flying World Championships four times, in 1977, 1990, 2000, 2012.



In 1894, Vikersund SK was established and started with ski jumping. Until the 1930s, they used six different ski jumping hills around the area. By then, the club had fostered sufficiently good jumpers that it was proposed to build a proper hill. A committee was established on 19 March 1935 and led by Gustav N. Hovde. At first they found a suitable location north of Heggen. However, they failed to reach an agreement with the land owner. Instead, Hovde proposed using the steep hill close to Heggen Church. After purchasing the land, construction started later in 1935. The original hill was designed by Thunold Hansen. Construction cost 6,290 Norwegian krone (NOK), of which NOK 1000 was borrowed and the rest of financed through private donations.[2]

The first hill had a length from the top of the in-run to the bottom of the out-run of 425 meters (1,394 ft) and an elevation difference of 130 meters (430 ft). The in-run was 115 meters (377 ft) long and had an elevation difference of 46 meters (151 ft).[2] The hill was inaugurated on 29 January 1936 with a 50-meter jump by Birger Henriksen. The longest jump on the opening day was made by Reidar Andersen, who jumped 86 meters. At the most he was 10 to 12 meters (33 to 39 ft) above the landing slope, so the take-off was lowered 40 centimeters (16 in) from 6 to 11 degrees.[3]

The main logistical issue with the events was the poor transport service, with only a narrow road to the hill. During the 1950s, the attendance rose well beyond the former 5,000, forcing the road to upgraded in 1955.[4] By the 1950s, ski jumps were being built larger and in 1954, Kristian Hovde proposed to expand Vikersundbakken, which he hoped would allow jumps of 100 meters (330 ft). The plans were passed by the club's annual meeting on 13 September, with construction starting in the summer of 1955. The lower part of the landing slope was dug down 1.75 meters (5 ft 9 in), the in-run was raised up to 85 centimeters (33 in) and a new jury tower and stairway was built. Additional expansion was passed on 27 April 1956: a 12-meter (39 ft) tall scaffolding in-run was built on top of the old in-run. The hill was designed by Carl Borgen. Contractors were Brødrene Teigen and since the club did not have sufficient funds, they were willing to wait with the payment until they had. The new hill was inaugurated on 10 March 1956.[5]

The new hill was too large to be regarded as a large hill, but was not large enough to be categorized as a ski flying hill. In 1964, the club appointed a committee led by Ottar Grøtterud to consider an expansion of the hill.[6] There was only to be built one ski flying hill in the Nordic Countries, with the main alternative being Renabakken in Rena.[7] Construction cost NOK 445,000 and was in part financed with a NOK 75,000 grant and NOK 150,000 loan from Modum Municipality, NOK 20,000 from volunteer work, NOK 80,000 from the club, grants from companies and banks and from Buskerud County Municipality, and NOK 100,000 in betting funds.[8] Construction was done by Entreprenør Gunnar Sterkebye. The hill received a new 23-meter (75 ft) tall in-run and a new jury tower 70 meters (230 ft) form the jump. On the landing slope and out-run, 200,000 cubic meters (7,100,000 cu ft) of earthwork had to be moved. Work was made more difficult because of high snowfall and temperatures down to −28 °C (−18 °F). The hill was inaugurated on 13 March 1966.[9]

The next upgrade of the venue were minor upgrades ahead of the 1977 World Championships.[9] Ahead of the 1990 World Championships, the venue was again renovated. However, to secure better recruitment, the venue also received a new normal hill with a construction point of K-90.[10]

The hill has been rebuilt for the 2012 Skiflying World Championships. It is the first in the world with a hill size of 225 meters, making Vikersundbakken the largest skiflying hill in the world, as Slovenia's Planica, which was the largest as of 2010, is HS215. It has been built farther into the terrain with sidewalls made of natural gravel to avoid wind problems during competitions. Furthermore, it has been slanted slightly to the south from the in-run area to further reduce wind problems. The hill was ready for the 2011 Trial Skiflying World Championships held on the 11–13 February 2011.

The old in-run was demolished in 2010. Architects of the new and larger hill were Slovenians Janez Gorišek & his son Sebastjan Gorišek. Janez Gorišek, together with his brother Lado, is most famous for creating Letalnica Bratov Gorišek in Planica, the previous largest hill in the world, before Vikersundbakken was enlarged in 2011. He is usually named as the father of modern ski flying and he is also known as an expert on skiflying hills.

During the trial skiflying championship, Johan Remen Evensen jumped 243 meters setting a new world record during the first official training on Friday, 11 February 2011. Later during qualification Evensen set another world record improving the new record to an astonishing 246,5 meters. On the 12th of February Gregor Schlierenzauer improved the Austrian record to 243,5 meters. Johan Remen Evensen managed a 240 meter jump with a perfect telemark the same day.

During autumn 2011 the hill has been further improved with a different radius at HS 225 increasing the ability to stand on greater lengths. Additionally the jump itself was cut 1 meter short because of decreased speed needed by the jumpers. In fact, during the 2011 competitions they needed to add several gates to the hill below gate 1 because of better conditions than they had anticipated during construction in 2010. A total of five gates were added. Gregor Schlierenzauer praised the hill during interviews, calling it the best hill in the world. Evensen was also extremely satisfied with the hill, calling it "perfect".


The inaugural competition was held on 25 February 1936 in front of 5,000 spectators.[3] Hilmar Myhra won the race, setting the first official hill record at 86 meters (282 ft).[11] The hill was used for a single major competition each year, Vikersundrennet. Arnold Kongsgård beat the hill record in 1946 when he jumped 87.5 meters (287 ft) and then beat it with another meter two years later. The ultimate hill record in the original hill was 98 meters (322 ft), which was also a new Norwegian record, set by Arne Hoel in 1951.[12] After the opening of the new jump in 1957, Hoel set a new hill record of 100.5 meters (330 ft).[5] The following year, Asbjørn Osnes set a new hill record of 108.5 meters (356 ft) and then again in 1960 by Paavo Lukkariniemi of 116.5 meters (382 ft).[4]

On the first ski flying competition on 14 March 1966 saw Bjørn Wirkola set a new world record at 146 meters (479 ft).[9] Starting on 12 March 1967, the club introduced the International Ski Flying Week. The inaugural tournament was held on 12 March 1967[13] and saw Austria's Reinhold Bachler set a world record of 154 meters (505 ft). On 11 March 1968, the tournament was canceled due to strong winds, although 22,500 people had come to spectate.[14] In 1973, the International Ski Flying Week was canceled because of lack of snow.[9] On this hill were also two Continental Cup competitions in 2004 both won by Austrian Roland Müller.

In the late 1960s, the International Ski Federation (FIS) started planning a world championship in ski flying. The Norwegian Ski Federation was opposed to this.[15] Vikersundbakken was awarded the fourth FIS Ski-Flying World Championships, held in 1977. Switzerland's Walter Steiner won the race, while Czechoslovakia's František Novák set a new hill record of 157 meters (515 ft). Vikersundbakken was used in the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in 1980, 1983 and 1986.[16]

The normal hill was used for the Norwegian Ski Championships in 1989. As there was no snow, 3,000 cubic meters (110,000 cu ft) was freighted by train from Finse via the Bergen Line and up from Vikersund Station by truck.[17]

List of all winners[edit]

Hill was opened in 1936; it was converted into flying hill in 1966.

Date Size Winner Second Third Competition
16-Feb-1936 Norway Hilmar Myhra Opening
1946 International
1948 International
1951 International
1957 International
1958 International
1960 International
12-13-Mar-1966 International Ski Flying Week
12-Mar-1967 Austria Reinhold Bachler International Ski Flying Week
11-Mar-1968 competition was cancelled due to strong winds KOP Ski Flying Week
1969 Norway Bjørn Wirkola KOP Ski Flying Week
1971 Norway Frithjof Prydz KOP Ski Flying Week
1973 competition was cancelled due to lack of snow KOP Ski Flying Week
1975 Austria Reinhold Bachler KOP Ski Flying Week
18-Feb-1977 K150 Switzerland Walter Steiner Austria Anton Innauer East Germany Henry Glaß SFWC IV
2-Mar-1980 K155 Norway Per Bergerud Poland Stanisław Bobak Czechoslovakia Ján Tánczos World Cup
18-Feb-1983 K155 Finland Matti Nykänen Czechoslovakia Pavel Ploc Austria Hans Wallner World Cup
19-Feb-1983 K155 Finland Matti Nykänen Canada Horst Bulau Finland Tuomo Ylipulli World Cup
20-Feb-1983 K155 Finland Matti Nykänen Norway Olav Hansson Czechoslovakia Pavel Ploc World Cup
15-Feb-1986 K155 Austria Andreas Felder Finland Matti Nykänen Poland Piotr Fijas World Cup
16-Feb-1986 K155 Austria Andreas Felder Austria Ernst Vettori Finland Matti Nykänen World Cup
25-Feb-1990 K175 West Germany Dieter Thoma Finland Matti Nykänen East Germany Jens Weißflog SFWC XI
20-Mar-1993 K175 individual competition was cancelled World Cup
21-Mar-1993 K175 individual competition was cancelled World Cup
18-Feb-1995 Austria Andreas Goldberger Japan Takanobu Okabe Norway Lasse Ottesen World Cup
19-Feb-1995 Austria Andreas Goldberger Japan Takanobu Okabe Italy Roberto Cecon World Cup
28-Feb-1998 one individual competition was cancelled; moved to 1 March World Cup
1-Mar-1998 Austria Andreas Widhölzl Germany Sven Hannawald Japan Akira Higashi World Cup
1-Mar-1998 Japan Takanobu Okabe Japan Hiroya Saito Japan Noriaki Kasai World Cup
12-13-Feb-2000 K185 originally scheduled date; moved to Monday on 14 February due to strong winds SFWC XVI
14-Feb-2000 K185 Germany Sven Hannawald Austria Andreas Widhölzl Finland Janne Ahonen SFWC XVI
6-Mar-2004 K185 Austria Roland Müller Norway Olav Magne Dønnem Austria Balthasar Schneider Continental Cup
7-Mar-2004 K185 Austria Roland Müller Austria Balthasar Schneider Austria Martin Koch Continental Cup
13-Jan-2007 K185 — HS207 individual competition was cancelled World Cup
14-Jan-2007 K185 — HS207 Norway Anders Jacobsen Austria Thomas Morgenstern Finland Matti Hautamäki World Cup (night event)
14-Mar-2009 K185 — HS207 Austria Austria
Martin Koch
Wolfgang Loitzl
Thomas Morgenstern
Gregor Schlierenzauer
Finland Finland
Matti Hautamäki
Kalle Keituri
Ville Larinto
Harri Olli
Norway Norway
Johan Remen Evensen
Bjørn Einar Romøren
Anders Bardal
Anders Jacobsen
World Cup - Team (night event)
15-Mar-2009 K185 — HS207 Austria Gregor Schlierenzauer Switzerland Simon Ammann Russia Dimitry Vassiliev World Cup
12-Feb-2011 K195 — HS225 Austria Gregor Schlierenzauer
Norway Johan Remen Evensen
Switzerland Simon Ammann World Cup (night event)
13-Feb-2011 K195 — HS225 Austria Gregor Schlierenzauer Norway Johan Remen Evensen Poland Adam Małysz World Cup
25-Feb-2012 K195 — HS225 Slovenia Robert Kranjec Norway Rune Velta Austria Martin Koch SFWC XXII - Individual (night)
26-Feb-2012 K195 — HS225 Austria Austria
Thomas Morgenstern
Andreas Kofler
Gregor Schlierenzauer
Martin Koch
Germany Germany
Andreas Wank
Richard Freitag
Maximilian Mechler
Severin Freund
Slovenia Slovenia
Jernej Damjan
Jurij Tepeš
Jure Šinkovec
Robert Kranjec
26-Feb-2013 K195 — HS225 Austria Gregor Schlierenzauer Switzerland Simon Ammann Slovenia Robert Kranjec World Cup (night event)
27-Feb-2013 K195 — HS225 Slovenia Robert Kranjec Germany Michael Neumayer Austria Gregor Schlierenzauer World Cup

Hill Record (men)[edit]


World SkiFly Record - Landing Point
Date Name Length
1936 Hilmar Myhra 85.0 m (279 ft)
1946 Arnold Kongsgård 87.5 m (287 ft)
1948 Arnold Kongsgård 88.5 m (290 ft)
1951 Arne Hoel 98.0 m (321 ft)
1957 Arne Hoel 100.5 m (330 ft)
1958 Asbjørn Osnes 108.5 m (356 ft)
1960 Paavo Lukkariniemi 116.5 m (382 ft)
1966 Bjørn Wirkola 145.0 m (476 ft) World record icon.svg
1966 Bjørn Wirkola 146.0 m (479 ft) World record icon.svg
1967-3-12 Reinhold Bachler 154.0 m (505 ft) World record icon.svg
1977-2-20 František Novák 157.0 m (515 ft)
1986-2-15 Piotr Fijas 163.0 m (535 ft)
1990-2-25 Matti Nykänen 171.0 m (561 ft)
1990-2-25 Dieter Thoma 171.0 m (561 ft)
Year Name Length
1995-2-18 Lasse Ottesen 175.0 m (574 ft)
1995-2-18 Andreas Goldberger 179.0 m (587 ft)
1995 Espen Bredesen 185.0 m (607 ft)
1995-2-19 Janne Ahonen 187.0 m (613 ft)
1995-2-19 Andreas Goldberger 188.0 m (617 ft)
1998-3-01 Takanobu Okabe 194.0 m (636 ft)
2000-2-11 Andreas Goldberger 207.0 m (679 ft)
2007-1-12 Michael Uhrmann 214.5 m (704 ft)
2009-3-14 Martin Koch 216.5 m (710 ft)
2009-3-14 Harri Olli 219.0 m (718 ft)
2011-2-11 Daiki Ito 220.0 m (722 ft)
2011-2-11 Johan Remen Evensen 243.0 m (797 ft) World record icon.svg
2011-2-11 Johan Remen Evensen 246.5 m (809 ft) World record icon.svg

Hill Record (women)[edit]

Year Name Length
2004 Norway Anette Sagen 174.5 m (672 ft)


  1. ^ (Norwegian)
  2. ^ a b Drolsum: 42
  3. ^ a b Drolsum: 43
  4. ^ a b Drolsum: 47
  5. ^ a b Drolsum: 46
  6. ^ Drolsum: 49
  7. ^ Drolsum: 54
  8. ^ Drolsum: 55
  9. ^ a b c d Drolsum: 53
  10. ^ Drolsum: 61
  11. ^ Drolsum: 44
  12. ^ Drolsum: 45
  13. ^ Drolsum: 56
  14. ^ Drolsum: 57
  15. ^ Drolsum: 58
  16. ^ Drolsum: 60
  17. ^ Drolsum: 50

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Coordinates: 59°56′18″N 10°00′22″E / 59.93833°N 10.00611°E / 59.93833; 10.00611