|Hill record:||32.0 m (Karl Luft , 1962)|
|Year of construction:||1954|
|Ski club:||SG Vorwärts / BSG Motor Apolda|
In 1954 some skiing enthusiasts at Apolda decided to construct a ski jumping hill at Schötener Promenade. Mainly in charge of the project was Paul Jacob of former sports club of Kirschberg, the VTA, from which the sports club “Vorwärts” later arose and then became into BSG Motor Apolda. Since timber was very rare in these times, the carpentry Wahl took over the construction of the inrun tower and soil works on the slope were made manually done, but even blastings had to be done, too. In winter 1955 the “Schanze des Friedens” was finally inaugurated and until 1959 the hill record was set up at 18.5 meters.
In 1960 the ski jump was enlarged by augmenting the inrun tower and takeoff and adapting the landing hill. Afterwards jumps up to 30 meters were possible, but only the one jumper who was up next was allowed to climb the tower. The construction was not very stable and secure and was swinging a lot. To enlarge the inrun length even a wooden box was taken up by some jumpers. The competitions organized there, like district and club championships, as well as open tournaments, were very popular with the public and so sometimes even 3,000 spectators came to the Schötener Promenade.
In 1963/64 the last official competition was held and until 1966 the jump was sporadically used. But then ski jumping activities ended up in the end of 1960’s the jump was torn down. On March 13, 2015, hill record holder Karl Luft and the major of Apolda installed a memorial board at the place of the former ski jumping hill.
The city of Apolda is very famous for its long-lasting bell-foundry tradition. The bells of the Cologne Dome were founded there in 1923 and are still ringing today!
Source: Archive of Apolda municipality