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    Default Have you seen live (in-person) ski jumping at Copper Peak (north of Ironwood)?

    Hello.

    Our 10-year anniversary was Friday, so my wife and I took a day trip to the Ironwood area. We had a picnic lunch at Black River Harbor (cool place!) and also went to the very top of the Copper Peak ski jump. It was pretty windy, so the jump was definitely swaying a bit. I was pretty nervous at the very top, but still had a lot of fun. As I understand, the last ski jumping competition there was in 1994. (Although there are some videos on Youtube of people jumping off Copper Peak more recently; however, I don't think these were part of any competition.)

    I can't imagine how crazy it would be to see people flying off that huge jump at 60+ mph! Have you ever seen anyone ski off the jump, in person? What was it like?

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    I have not seen jumps there but have seen it in northern Illinois at the Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove. They claim to have the oldest continually open ski club in the US. Definitely a site to see even the younger kids do it as there is multiple size jumps and it is a fun traditional outing around here. Three of the locals even made the last Olympic team.

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    thanks i am going to go check this out today
    i had no idea it was there
    i saw norge once about 20 years ago great party crazy high jump
    used to sled the fox river and chain of lakes there too
    super fun back then skippin the water holes

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    If you're ever aroung Ishpeming/Negaunee, MI, check out
    (click →) Suicide Hill Ski Jump, on
    Suicide Bowl Road (County Road PC), ≈ mile south of E Division St. (M-28 BUS)
    Negaunee, MI 49866
    Suicide Hill 2.jpg
    (Click thumbnail for larger image.)

    See also, from ABC10 News,January 21, 2020,
    (click →) Suicide Hill Ski Jumping Tournament celebrates 133 years.

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    Isn't it actually ski flying?
    Not to get technical, but it is a significant difference.
    I have not been there for the ski flying events. I did see the hill climb events a couple times. Been up to the top a few times. It is a little nerve testing with the mesh grating and swaying.
    I was there in the summer years ago when they were working on the slope with bulldozers. I can't imagine what it must have felt like to run a dozer on that slope. I couldn't see the cable turnbuckle or tie down point up top. It must have been quite the deal. They worked the slope with two dozers connected by a large cable that ran through the turnbuckle up top. One dozer would back down while pulling the other one up the slope.
    I'm glad to see that it is back open for visitors.

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    like favoritos said Copper Peak is a Ski Flying hill vs a ski jumping hill. there are only 5 or 6 flying hills in the world and Copper Peak is the only one in the Western hemisphere. Big difference between them. There is not much practicing for Ski flying (could you imagine) probably why it is not an Olympic event.

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    https://copperpeak.net/
    All about Copper Peak ... big plans

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-Y9riCoJ7k if the link works here's a kid with ball going off it

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    They are in the process of re-building just about all of the structure. I have a buddy that is an iron worker and he has been there for a few weeks working on it.

    The kid in that video is something else. Backwards down the entire ramp?! WHA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frnash View Post
    If you're ever aroung Ishpeming/Negaunee, MI, check out
    (click →) Suicide Hill Ski Jump, on
    Suicide Bowl Road (County Road PC), ≈ mile south of E Division St. (M-28 BUS)
    Negaunee, MI 49866
    Suicide Hill 2.jpg
    (Click thumbnail for larger image.)

    See also, from ABC10 News,January 21, 2020,
    (click →) Suicide Hill Ski Jumping Tournament celebrates 133 years.
    Thank you! I have heard of Suicide Hill, but I didn't know where it was. We'll definitely make a trip there if we're in the Ishpeming area.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Yes, that video is crazy. I came across it a few weeks ago and got serious butterflies in my stomach while watching it!

    I spoke with an employee at Copper Peak and he said most of the main steel structure will not be replaced because it is still in good shape. Perhaps he was wrong and most of the steel needs to be replaced?

    If they ever get live jumping there again, I definitely want to be there for it.

    Thanks again.

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    i rode the bike up there today
    beautiful weather nice drive
    this place is very cool awesome views
    defiantly will go back when the leaves change
    they do a hill climb there ???
    i did see what looked like some motorcycle trenches on the landing area
    that would be cool to see
    thanks

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    Man my guts where rolling just watching the videos. That is alongggggg ways up there!! None for me thanks

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    I attended the competition in 1978 I think that was one of the last held there.Athlete's from across the globe participated.A gentleman by the name of Henry Glass from Germany took first place.At the conclusion of competition my friend Dale and I tried to climb the landing hill it was darn near vertical can't imagine trying to get any kind of machine to go up

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimcake View Post
    Man my guts where rolling just watching the videos. That is a longggggg ways up there!! None for me thanks
    X2

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    Quote Originally Posted by fish633 View Post
    I attended the competition in 1978 I think that was one of the last held there.Athlete's from across the globe participated.A gentleman by the name of Henry Glass from Germany took first place.At the conclusion of competition my friend Dale and I tried to climb the landing hill it was darn near vertical can't imagine trying to get any kind of machine to go up
    Wow! You were trying to climb the landing hill on foot, yes?

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    Don't remember all the particulars, but about 3-4 years ago there was a race up that hill. Can't remember what they called it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wirev View Post
    Don't remember all the particulars, but about 3-4 years ago there was a race up that hill. Can't remember what they called it.
    This footrace?
    https://copperpeak.net/event/red-bul...per-peak-2020/

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    Quote Originally Posted by matti View Post
    That's the one. Knew a college girl who raced that a couple of years ago. She was a granddaughter to one of my members, Rev.

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    This discussion brings a smile to my face brings back memories of Eddie the Eagle and the Jamaican bobsled team coming down their run on their heads. Both were lucky they weren’t killed. Lol

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    I was there in 78, The jump is so poorly engineered that they had to start below the bottom shoot or they would have overshot the Hill.

    If I remember correctly they had to hang on a Rope and release.

    The Whole Hill has been a Wreck, they had a fantastic Money making event with the Snowmobile Hill Climb and then made some Money and wanted
    to start Ski flying again. Now you see the aftermath.

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