Those daring young men on their flying long skis – Steamboat Springs ski jumping Essay

One of the country’s two 90-meter ski jump towers is in LakePlacid, New York; the other is in Steamboat Springs, in northwestColorado. The Steamboat Springs one–on Howelson Hill, off Fifth Street–ismaking news this month and early next.

On February 9 and 10, it willhost the Rocky Mountain Division Nordic Championships. Some 100 of thebest young jumpers in the West will compete in 20-, 30-, 50-, and70-meter jumps on Saturday, in 90-meter jumps on Sunday. Competitionsbegin at 9 and run all day, both days. February 23 through March 3, jumping events will be part of theNordic Junior Olympics, bringing thousands of “skinny skiers”from ages 14 through 19 to town.

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For details, call (303) 879-0695. The viewing is free from bleachers and along the hill. As youstudy each jumper, look for steadiness, a body arched well out over theskis, and a solid landing. Dare to try it? Skiers with jump experience can pay $3 to go downthe ski jump any Wednesday night after 6, January 2 through March 20.Some novices use downhill equipment for short jumps, but it’s bestto wear wide jumping skis if you’re attempting any longer ones.

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