Anchorage ski jumpers dedicate new summer jumping facility
Finished jumps by Zak Hammill.
Photo courtesy of NSAA
After three years of volunteer work and generous community support, the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA) will celebrate the completion of significant upgrades to the Karl Eid Jumping Complex on Anchorage’s Hillside. The upgrades allow Alaska’s ski jumpers to train and compete year-round. Media and the public are invited to attend the dedication and ribbon-cutting and watch athletes use the summer jumps at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, September 24, near Hilltop Ski Area at 7015 Abbott Road.
Some facts about the summer jumping project:
- The project was almost entirely completed by volunteers working thousands of hours.
- It took three summers, start to finish.
- The three in-runs are built with 316 pieces of steel track.
- Almost 18,000 pieces of plastic cover the three landing hills.
- Volunteers fastened 38,000 zip-ties by hand to attach the plastic elements to the hills.
- Summer jumping takes place on 10-, 20-, 40- and 65-meter hills.
- Local ski jumpers in the NSAA program start at age 6; adults enrolled also.
The project was funded by a grant from the State of Alaska, with additional funding from The Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska Ski Education Foundation and the Downtown Anchorage Rotary Club. Additional sponsors include CRW Engineering, Horizon Lines, TOTE, DHL, Weaver Brothers, Senco Alaska, Denali Asphalt Maintenance, Anchorage Sand and Gravel, NC Machinery, GCI and Mantech Mechanical.
Learn more about the NSAA Ski Jumping Program and learn jumping opportunities at www.anchoragenordicski.com/jumping_nordic.html or call the NSAA office at 276-7609.