|Location||Ironwood, Michigan, USA|
|Operator||Gogebic Range Ski Club|
|Opened||28 February 1970|
(unofficial / fall)
|159 metres (522 ft)|
(25 February 1989)
|Hill record||158 m (518 ft)|
(22, 23 January 1994)
|Location||N. Black River Valley Parkway, Ironwood, Michigan|
|NRHP reference #||73000948|
|Added to NRHP||January 4, 1973|
Copper Peak is a ski flying hill designed by Lauren Larsen and located in Ironwood, Michigan, United States. It was built in 1969 and inaugurated one year later. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1971. The site is currently used as a summer tourist attraction.
In 1845, the Chippewa Copper Mining Company began mining work here, sinking a tunnel into the granite rock. They produced no copper and eventually closed. Around 1900 the Old Peak Company made further explorations, with no production. The 1845 tunnel is still visible.
Built in 1970, Copper Peak remains the only ski flying facility in the Western Hemisphere. In 1994 a K-point on Copper Peak was at 145 meters (476 ft), allowing jumps up to 158 meters (518 ft). There have been no flights at Copper Peak since 1994. An exhibition tournament was announced for 2014 but was canceled.
Between 1970 and 1994 there were ten competitions sanctioned by FIS and additional two international events were held. The hill record is 158 meters (518 ft), set by Mathias Wallner and Werner Schuster (both Austria) on 22 and 23 January 1994, respectively. The hill was expanded in the 1980s, but the profile is still outdated compared to current standards.
Renovation and future
The Copper Peak, Inc., has established the Copper Peak Organizing Committee for the purposes of raising funds to renovate the ski flying facility for FIS competition scheduled to occur in summer 2017. Some improvements to the facilities were made in 2012.
On 14 July 2015 International Ski Federation announced "Copper Peak shall be reactivated" after an inspection of the facility by FIS Race Director Walter Hofer and Hans-Martin Renn who is the chairman of the FIS sub committee for ski jumping hills. In October 2015, FIS awarded Copper Peak a Grand Prix Summer Series finale event to be held in September 2017 and a Summer Continental Cup and a Nordic Combined summer event, both tentatively scheduled to occur in 2018.
|28 February – 1 March 1970||KOP||Jiří Raška||Zbyněk Hubač||Rudolf Doubek|
|3–4 February 1973||KOP||Jerry Martin||Tom Dargay||Minoru Wakasa|
|2–3 February 1974||KOP||Ron Steele||Jerry Martin||Petter Kongsli|
|7–9 February 1975||KOP||Jerry Martin||Jim Maki||Shunichi Akimoto|
|29 February 1976||KOP||Hans-Georg Aschenbach||Hans Millonig||Bernd Eckstein|
|2–5 March 1978||KOP||Henry Glaß||Jochen Danneberg||Claus Tuchscherer|
|13 February 1981||WC||Alois Lipburger||Andreas Felder||John Broman|
|14 February 1981||WC||Alois Lipburger||Andreas Felder||Fritz Koch|
|15 February 1981||WC||strong wind|
|25 February 1989||INT||Franz Wiegele||Werner Schuster||Wolfgang Margreiter|
|3–4 March 1990||INT||Stanislav Vasko||Stefan Horngacher||Franz Wiegele|
|22 January 1994||COC||Terje Nyhus||Werner Schuster||Matthias Wallner|
|23 January 1994||COC||Matthias Wallner||Werner Schuster||Frode Håre|
The peak, also known as Chippewa Hill, is a felsite hill about three hundred feet in height. The hill slopes steeply to the north and south, and there is a steep bluff on the east side of the hill. The Copper Peak ski-slide and tower dominates the peak of the hill. The tower sits on concrete footings based in solid rock. An 1845 tunnel and several copper excavation pits are visible on the hill, and are not affected by the construction of the ski-slide.
The hill, also known as Chippewa Hill and Old Peak, was the site of a mine owned by the Chippewa Copper Mining Company. Work began in 1845, but no copper was produced.
Two other ski jumps located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan:
- Pine Mountain Ski Jump – one of the highest artificially created ski jumps in the world, located near Iron Mountain, Michigan
- Suicide Hill Ski Jump – located near Ishpeming, Michigan and the National Ski Hall of Fame
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