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Learning to ski jump in 1949. The love of this sport starts young ... and it lasts a lifetime!
For some of our older members,
this video will bring back great
memories of how they learned
this sport back in the late i940s.
In fact, this newsreel was shot in
Iron Mountain, and features
several of our local jumpers.
One of them, Willie Erickson,
was on two Olympic teams and
also competed at the FIS World
Championships. It was Willie
who identified the year for us!
For many who’ve experienced
the thrill of flight, whether at an
elite competitive level, or just as
a recreational amateur, there’s
something that draws them back
to the sport ... some as coaches,
some as officials, some as hill
crew volunteers, and some just
The dedicated crew at Kiwanis
Ski Club has been putting on
international competitions for
many years, and “nobody does
Our club has been presenting world-class ski jumping tournaments at Pine Mountain since the first one in
1939. Many North American distance records have been set here,by some of the best ski jumpers from the
USA and many other countries. The Kiwanis Ski Club has proudly sent local jumpers to represent the USA
in the Olympics and in the FIS World Championships, and many of them have been US National
Champions in various classes, too.
Our club has been the host for Continental Cup tournaments since 1990, and we’ve been honored to hold
World Cup competitions in 1996 and 2000. It’s long been the only ski jumping venue in the United States
which is awarded a competition date by FIS each year.
It’s a huge commitment of manpower and finances ... all of which have to be expended prior to the first
jumper coming down the slide. FIS has many requirements which must be met by the host club of a
tournament in this upper-echelon series. We do what’s necessary to meet their requirements every season.
Mother Nature’s cooperation is needed to successfully hold an event, but a few times she
hasn’t been very helpful.
The club sells entry buttons in advance at a discount, and the proceeds from those early sales, along with
sponsor investments, helps set the stage for the arrival of outstanding ski jumpers from around the world.
Occasionally, weather has forced postponement or cancellation of our tournaments, and as disappointed as
our guests may be, we must ensure that the regulations of the sport’s governing body, FIS, are scrupulously
followed to ensure the safety of the athletes. FIS officials are on site for every event, and they’ve always
been complimentary regarding our club, our meticulous hill preparation and our guests. We’re pleased to
provide “major league” ski jumping for our fans!
Learn more about Pine Mountain and other jumps in the US and around the world on
www.skisprungschanzen.com ... here’s a direct link to info about Pine Mountain.
Kiwanis Ski Club Officers: KSC Members in American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame
Therese Altobelli-Olsen, Johnny Bednarz, Charlie Benzie, Walt
Bietila, Nita Englund, Willie Erickson, Eric Hiatt, Jim House,
Dr Paul Jacobs, Paulie Johnson, Mark Konopacke, Rudy Maki,
George Pera, Dick Rahoi, Gary Sparpana, Butch
Paul Bujold sportswriter EO “Buck” Erickson.
KIWANIS SKI CLUB CONTACT INFORMATION:
Phone: 906.779.1110 (clubhouse)
Mailing Address: PO Box 475, Iron Mountain, Mi 49801