I’ve been quiet this year, just letting the stories flow- they’ve been great and needed no introductions or follow-up, but this one feels different. When Scott (graciously) came to me with the idea for this story I really had no idea of a) how much was going on out there or b) how diligent Scott would be in running it all down and cataloging it so beautifully (including MANY more photos than I am share).
Whether a glass is half full or half empty really has everything to do with how you look at it. I thank Scott for providing clear evidence that our glass is very FULL, and for cataloging it in a way that I know will inspire further filling.
Curator, 2021 USANS Story Project
PS- given all that’s going on, this is the first of a two-part story! The rest will run tomorrow.
Ford Sayre Ski Club – Lyme NH
Slide onto the bar. Red flag. Hold up, there’s some wind. Take a moment. Look at that horizon. What do you see out there?
I’ll tell you what I see. I see 15 ski jumping facilities in the United States that have recently completed major work or have work ongoing. Can you see them? Can you name them? Yes, 15, and I’ve probably missed some. Let’s not forget the thousands of hours of effort from devoted jumping friends around the country. It’s a heck of a village.
Green flag. Let’s go.
BlackHawk, Middleton, WI, Work completed 2019-2020- New tower and outrun K18, New Plastic K30, new Plastic K8, stainless tracks plastic K69
Brattleboro, work completed 2019, new K18
Flying Eagles, Eau Claire, WI, Mt. Washington, work completed 2020 after 4 years of work- Completely new K55 tower and sculpted outrun with plastic
Ford Sayre, Hanover, NH, 2017 and work ongoing- new inrun boards K32, new hill lights and PA, new inrun boards and starts K10 and K20, new winchcat (with Mike Holland and Harry Roberts).
Iron Mountain/Pine Mountain– work completed 2021, New tower K120
Ishpeming, MI, work completed 2021, K60 outrun revival
Karl Eid, Anchorage, AK, work completed 2016-2018, new plastic all jumps, new snowmaking, reworked the K20 in 2018.
Lake Placid, NY, Work mostly completed 2021, ice tracks, regraded and new surfaces, new spectator lodge, new zip line, new chair lift.