What is the Continental Cup?
The International Ski Federation (FIS) sanctions the
international Continental Cup Series, and determines
the schedule and venues. The Continental Cup (COC)
is second only to the World Cup series in prestige,
visibility, and prize money. FIS Cup is the third tier of
FIS international ski jumping competition.
Pine Mountain has been awarded annual dates in the
Continental Cup series for many years, and was
awarded World Cup dates in both 1996 and 2000.
It is one of the premier “large hill” ski jumping venues
in North America, along with the two US Olympic
facilities in Lake Placid and Park City, and Canada’s
two Olympic jumping venues in Calgary and
Hill Size & Scoring Explained
Pine Mountain is equivalent in size to the larger of
two jumps at an Olympic venue. It’s K-point, which
the baseline for scoring, and the distance a good
jumper should be expected to go, is 120 meters
from the point of takeoff. That’s 394 feet. For an
explation of hill size and scoring, CLICK HERE
Pine Mountain’s current official distance record is
143.5 meters, 471 feet. Unofficially (not in scored
competition), the longest flight is 148M (486 ft).
The “hill size” (longest distance considered safe) is
133 meters. if jumpers exceed this distance during
a competition round, the jury can require the start
gate to be lowered, thus slowing takeoff speed.
This is for the SAFETY of the remaining jumpers
in that day’s competition.
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Hold your mouse over any of the small pictures at the bottom of this display,
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(jumper in flight by Carol Keck, other photos by Susie Fox)
Photos by Mark Pontti, Ken Anderson, Pam Nelson
Scenes from Previous
Continental Cups at