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Pine Mountain Ski Jump 2013

The Pine Mountain Ski Jump Tournament will be held February 8-10, 2013 in Iron Mountain, MI. Twelve Countries will be represented from around the world to hold the title of "King of the Hill".

The Pine Mountain Ski slide at one time was the highest artificial ski jump in the world. It was the culmination of constant interest of a small number of skiing enthusiast, later augmented by a growing group of winter sport devotees in Iron Mountain and Kingsford.

In 1929, a ski jump wast built on Hemlock St in Iron Mountain, on land donated by E G Kingsford. The ski jump was built by local jumpers.

Poor snow in 1930 dampened skiing enthusiasm and nothing was done until 1933, when the original jumpers and another group which had been riding another hill, combined and with funds donated by local merchants and manufacturers, constructed the Devil's Hill jump, the first all metal jump in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.With support from the local Kiwanis Club, jumpers formed the Kiwanis Ski Club in 1934. In January of the 1934, the hill was dedicated to a crowd of 5,000 people for the tournament, which was held annually for the next 4 years. The jump was then dismantled for scrap iron for use in World War II.

The initial work of Pine Mountain was started in 1937. The original developers of the area could not complete the work, so the deed was given the the Board of Park trustees. The understanding was that the Board of Park Trustees would complete the work and build the jump. The board submitted a W.P.A. project grant to cover the scope of the project. Once this was excepted, the original jump was built to a scaffold height of 156 feet. the Kiwanis Ski Club hosted its first event in 1939. At the inaugural event, a new American ski jumping record was set.

The Pine Mountain ski jump has been improved upon several times since its initial construction. In 1948, the landing hill was excavated to allow for longer jumping distances. In 1977, after a fire burned the top of the jump, new starting gates were added along with making the jump to its current height of 176 feet.

Pine Mountain Ski Jump is known world wide in the jumping community as one of the best places to jump in the world. To add to this excitement, thousands of fans line the hill and parking area to tailgate and cheer for the jumpers. T

Twelve countries will be represented in 2013 at Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain MI: USA, Canada, Austria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine.


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