Snowflake Ski Jump

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Snowflake Ski Jump
Snowflake ski jump (January 23, 2010).JPG
Location Timber Coulee
Westby, Wisconsin
United States
Opened 1961[1]
Renovated 1999[2]
Size
K–point 106 m[3]
Hill size 118 m[3]
Hill record Fredrik Bjerkeengen
130.0 m

The Snowflake Ski Jump, a ski jumping hill located north of Westby, Wisconsin, United States, in Timber Coulee, is host to a ski jumping tournament taking place annually since 1961. The hill, currently seventh largest in North America, is a large hill, which means it has a K-spot of 106 meters.[4] The current official record of 130.0 meters was achieved by Fredrik Bjerkeengen of Norway on February 10, 2008.[5]

Competitions[edit]

Snowflake has hosted numerous FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup and United States Ski and Snowboard Association tournaments. Currently, after hosting SuperTour events in 2009 and 2010, the ski jumping hill hosted the fourth competition of the newly formed five hill US Cup in February 2011.[6]

In addition to U.S. and international events, Snowflake is also host to annual "junior" ski jumping events on the smaller hills located adjacent to the large hill. The four smaller hills have K-spots of 10, 20, 40, and 65 meters.[7]

Snowflake Ski and Golf Club[edit]

Formed in 1922 as the Westby Ski Club, the all-volunteer club held the first ski jumping tournament in 1923 southeast of Westby near Bloomingdale, Wisconsin. Following several successful tournaments, the club was renamed the Snowflake Ski Club in 1925. After hosting tournaments on three different hills, the larger and more modern jump being used today was constructed in 1960. The first tournament held on the current hill was in late January 1961.

A nine-hole golf course was recently built to aid in funding the annual ski jumping tournament. It is billed as "The Only Ski Jump in the World with a 9-hole Golf Course at its Base".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoffman, Gregg (2007). "Westby ski jump has long, proud history". Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Soaring at Snowflake". Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News. February 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Official Certificate of Jumping Hill from International Ski Federation (FIS)" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Olympic Ski Jumping Glossary". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Ski Jumping Hill Archive, Westby, Wisconsin". Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  6. ^ USASJ. "USA Ski Jumping News". Retrieved January 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Ski Jump Complex". Snowflake Ski Club. January 11, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  8. ^ Moser, Whet (Feb 21, 2006). "The Perfect Winter Olympic Sport". Slate.com. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 

External links[edit]

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