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GERGER-HEHelsa

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Buchbergschanze:

K-Point: 35 m
Men Winter Hill record: 37.0 m
Further jumps: K25
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1957
Conversions: 1962
Year of destruction: 1970
Status: destroyed
Ski club: SC Helsa
Coordinates: 51.258048, 9.6961 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

The founding fathers of Skiclub Helsa in 1953 were expellees from Sudetenland. They carried out their wintersports activities at Wedemanntal, including ski jumping, using initially a very small jumping hill and then later an improved natural hill.
Construction of Buchbergschanze then finally started in 1957. It was carried out in voluntary work by the club members, who followed the guidelines of Hessian Ski Federation. The inauguration of the hill was celebrated on March 2, 1958, and a first hill record of 28 m was established.
Unfortunately a tree fell on the inrun structure during clearing works in late fall 1962 and damaged it seriously. But just in the up-coming winter there were long-lasting freezing temperatures and good snow conditions. Thus a smaller 25 meter hill, which was fitted into the terrain, was built without further ado and could even host the first night competition of Hessia in January 1963.
This event could be repeated two years later. Headlights on the landing hill were powered by car batteries and the inrun track was enlighted by torches. Hundreds of spectators enjoyed the moments, when ski jumpers leaped from the dark into brightness.
Ski jumpers from Helsa gained some regional success in 1960's, but the heydays of ski jumping in Helsa did not last too long. One reason was the low altitude of the ski jumping hill (300 m asl.), which was usually only covered by a thin layer of snow during winters. It was finally closed down in 1970.

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