|Hill Size:||HS 139|
|Hill record:||149.0 m (Anže Lanišek , 2014-03-29, NC-N-SLO)|
|Official hill record:||142.0 m (Peter Prevc , 2014-03-23, WC)|
|Summer hill record:||140.0 m (Robert Kranjec , 2013-10-13, N-SLO)|
|140.0 m (Anže Lanišek , 2014-09-07, N-SLO)|
|Ladies' hill record:||135.0 m (Sara Takanashi , 2014-03-22, L-WC)|
|Ladies' summer record:||133.0 m (Maja Vtič , 2013-10-13, N-SLO)|
|Inrun length:||98.4 m|
|Take-off length:||6.7 m|
|Take-off height:||3.1 m|
|Year of construction:||2012|
|Hill Size:||HS 104|
|Hill record:||106.0 m (Dejan Judež , 2014-02-16)|
|Summer hill record:||102.5 m (Sebastian Colloredo , 2014-09-13, FIS)|
|102.5 m (Nicholas Alexander , 2014-09-14, FIS)|
|Ladies' hill record:||102.5 m (Daniela Iraschko-Stolz , 2014-01-25, L-WC)|
|102.5 m (Sara Takanashi , 2014-01-26, L-WC)|
|102.5 m (Daniela Iraschko-Stolz , 2014-01-26, L-WC)|
|Inrun length:||88.5 m|
|Take-off length:||6.4 m|
|Take-off height:||2.4 m|
|Year of construction:||2012|
|Hill Size:||HS 140|
|Hill record:||147.5 m (Noriaki Kasai , 1998-03-22, WC)|
|Year of construction:||1931|
|Hill Size:||HS 100|
|Hill record:||110.0 m (Bine Zupan , 2004-03-13)|
|Ladies' hill record:||105.5 m (Anette Sagen , 2003-01-29, EYOF)|
|Further jumps:||K72, K56, K41, K28, K13|
|Ski club:||ŠD Planica|
All hills belong to Velikanka, the complex of the ski flying hill. Like its big sister Letalnica, the Velikanka was constructed by the famous ski jumping hill architect Stanko Bloudek and later on named on him. The Bloudkova Velikanka is a former ski flying hill and wrote history, because the Austrian man Josef Bradl jumped more than 100 m as the first person. On the 15th of March in 1936 he jumped on the Velikanka 101.5 m. Until the late 1990’s, world-cup-competitions took place here. In 1998, the Japanese man Noriaki Kasai jumped the latest hill-record with 147.5 m. That was the last professional competition which took place on the Velikanka.
Today, the world record-hill is ruinous and the Slovenians did not have the money to renovate it. Fortunately, it should be renovated and made fit for competitions in course of the “Planica Nordic Centre”.
The neighbour-hill K90 Srednija is in the same shape. Although it is a matting hill, it is even ruinous and not in use. Until lately, there took actually international competitions place on the Srednija.
The architect of the hill, Stanko Bloudek, began in 1931, together with other ski jumping-freaks, to work on the plans for the – at this time – largest hill in the world. After three years of building, the hill was opened on the 23rd to 26th of March in 1934. The Norwegian man Birger Ruud jumped 92 m at the opening, which means a new world-record. It should last two more years until beating the 100 m-sign. Josef Bradl made it in the absence of his Norwegian fellows, who tried to jump a new world record in their home country. But the Velikanka was THE world record hill, even in the 2nd world war. The German jumper Rudi Gehring increased the best mark to 118 m.
After the World War II, the hill had to be renovated, which was no surprise, considering the trouble at this time. So Stanko Bloudek prepared his hill. “Bloudkova Velikanka” means – translated into English – “Bloudek’s large hill” or “Bloudek’s large”. But only one new world-record was jumped on the Velikanka: This was in 1948. The Swiss jumper Fritz Tschannen jumped 120 m. This should be the last world-record on the Velikanka. It dropped behind the new hills Kulm in Austria and the Heini-Klopfer-Schanze in Oberstdorf. So the Velikanka moved out of the ski-jumping-interest bit by bit.
After the plans, to build a new flying hill started in 1954, the ski flying-competitions took place on the Letalnica.
That had the effect that the Velikanka lost a lot of more importance. But a lot of international competitions took place here. In the 1990’s, nearly in every year, world-cup-weekends took place in Planica. In most cases, there was also a team-competition. In 1990, 1993 and 1995 there was a team-competition. As already said, the world-cup-impedimenta went back, as a last time, to the Velikanka and it experienced a worthy “Goodbye-competition”, but – at this time – nobody could know this.
The history of “Srednija” continued a little bit longer. Between 1980 and 1985, the world-cup-competitions took place on it. Even Jens Weißflog won a competition. In 1984, he won the world-cup by winning the competition on “Srednija”. Matti Nykänen won the competition in the year before and also in 1986, after one-year-break. In turn, two years later, the Slovenian athlete Primoz Ulaga won “at home”; he was already on 3rd place in 1980. In the two days before that competition, world-cup in Planica took only place on the Velikanka; today Letalnica. In 1989, Jens Weißflog won a second time. This time he beat Andreas Felder from Austria and the Finnish athlete and today coach Ari-Pekka Nikkola.
A world-cup should take place in 1993 on the normal hill again. At the 11th and 12th of December, the season was opened with two competitions. The Norwegian Espen Bredesen was the first athlete – in this season – who wore the yellow jersey, because of his victory. He beat Andreas Goldberger and Takanobou Okabe. The second competition took place on the large hill Bloudkova Velikanka.
But only one more time, a world-cup-weekend took place on the “Srednija”: The season 1995/1996 was opened there, too. Kazuyoshi Funaki was the first winner in this season. Andreas Goldberger was on 2nd place and a young Finnish jumper named Janne Ahonen was on 3rd place. At the next day, Goldberger was a second time on the podium, but this time as winner. He beat Ari Laitinen (Finland) and Lasse Ottesen (Norway).
Up next, there was an 11-year-long competition-break. The Continental-Cup (COC) deployed at the “Srednija” not until 2005. As first time in history, a women’s-competition took place. Anette Sagen, the hill-record-holder, won. At the men’s-competition, a Norwegian won, too. Ski jumping-hero Anders Bardal won both compeitions, like Sagen, and completed the Norwegian weekened. Two years later, the firstly last international top-class competition took place on the “Srednija”. On this weekend, Rok Urbanc from Slovenia won both COC-competitions.
In July 2011 the construction works on Planica Nordic Center started, which was at the heart of Planica's application for the Nordic WSC 2017. By fall 2012 the reconstruction of Bloudkova Velikanka as a double hill with HS 139 and HS 104 was completed and in February 2013 a Continental Cup event could be hosted.
Until 2014 a total of 25m Euro shall be invested also into the smaller hills (HS 84, HS 66, HS 45, HS 30, HS 15), the ski flying hill, cross-country trails and infrastructure.