Mt. Hood Skibowl’s Historic Ski Jump Hill to be Open to the Public as Part of the 80th Year Celebration

January 30, 2009

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Mt. Hood Skibowl, one of the oldest, consistently operated ski areas in the country, will mark its 80th year in operation by opening up its legendary ski jump hill to the public.

Come Fly with Us” is the theme for the Friday, Feb. 6 competitive ski jumping event to be followed by an awards ceremony and social.

The Skibowl jump hill was originally developed by locals in 1928. By 1929, Skibowl gained wide-spread recognition after hosting an official National Ski Association jumping event, supported by members of the then newly-formed Cascade Ski Club.

Each season, a ski jump hill is built on the slope known as “Yumper” – providing ample room for the jump ramp and landing area. The jump is created for the Oregon 4-Way Challenge, a major ski competition hosted by the Mt. Hood Race Team each February. The 41st Annual Oregon 4-Way is Feb. 6-8 and will draw 200 skiers, ages 9-13.

“Since the ski jump hill will be in place, we are inviting past competitors and the public to take a few jumps to commemorate the origin of Skibowl,” said Kirk Hanna, Skibowl owner.

Former racers, club members, coaches, instructors, and others are expected compete.

Thousands of skiers have jumped at Skibowl over the years.

Hanna, himself a former racer, expects to be one of the competitors. “There are many older racers like myself who are eager to fly off the jump again.”

Skiers must preregister at www.skibowl.com. Space is limited. Cost per jumper is a $20 donation to benefit the Mt. Hood Ski Education Foundation.

The competition will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Each ski jumper will take one practice run followed by a second jump, which will be measured for distance.

Prizes will be awarded for the top five longest distances. Each participant will receive a commemorative award.

Mt. Hood Skibowl is known as America’s largest night ski area. It is the closest ski area to Portland, just 52 miles from downtown.

Originally operated as two separate resorts, Skibowl and Multorpor were brought under single ownership in 1964. Skibowl’s name was derived from the natural shape of its Upper Bowl, while Multorpor’s name came from the combination of Multnomah County, Oregon and Portland.

SOURCE Mt. Hood Skibowl

Source: newswire

comments powered by Disqus