Snowflake Ski Jump

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Snowflake Ski Jump
Snowflake ski jump (January 23, 2010).JPG
LocationTimber Coulee
Westby, Wisconsin
United States
Opened1961[1]
Renovated1999[2]
Size
K–point106 m[3]
Hill size118 m[3]
Hill recordFredrik Bjerkeengen
130.0 m

The Snowflake Ski Jump is a ski jumping hill north of Westby, Wisconsin, United States, in Timber Coulee. It is host to a ski jumping tournament that has taken place annually since 1961. The hill, the seventh-largest in North America, is categorized as a large hill, which means it has a K-spot of 106 meters.[4] The 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. 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 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 southeast of Westby, near Bloomingdale, Wisconsin in 1923. 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, which is 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 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". Archived from the original on 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  2. ^ "Soaring at Snowflake". Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News. February 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. 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 (February 21, 2006). "The Perfect Winter Olympic Sport". Slate.com. Retrieved 2009-07-30.

External links[edit]

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