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University of California Ski Jump:

K-Point: 40 m
Men Winter Hill record: 42.4 m (139 ft) (Roy Mikkelsen USA, 1935-01-13)
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1934
Conversions: 1935
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Auburn Ski Club
Coordinates: 37.874433, -122.251248 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

After the first “winter sports week” of California was announced in January 1934, the Ski Club of Auburn organized a ski jumping competition at “University of California” at Berkeley near San Francisco on 1934-01-14. Therefore 1200 cubic meters of snow had to be carried on from Sierra Nevada and a 150 meter ramp was constructed at Hearst Avenue north of the campus. Around 50,000 spectators attended this show tournament with ski jumping cracks from Auburn and Truckee Ski Clubs participating, but only a small part of 5,000 people paid the entry fee of 55 ct. for general admission and 1 $ for seating places. The winner’s distance of Roy Mikkelsen from Auburn was at 104 feet (31.7 m).
One year later a ski jumping tournament was organized again and this time a 50 meter high ski jump structure was set up north of the campus stadium near the Greek theatre. On 1935-01-13 the ski jumpers, many of them belonging to America’s best, performed leaps of more then 40 meters. But this time the enormous efforts did not pay for the organizers, too, because opposite to 4,000 paying spectators there was a crowd 10,000 non-paying visitors. Afterwards there was a huge snowball war among the crowd.

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