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Olympic Hill (Granlibakken):

K-Point: 60 m
Men Winter Hill record: 64.0 m (210 ft) (Alf Engen NOR, 1931)
Further jumps: K25
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1930
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Lake Tahoe Ski Club
Coordinates: 39.154823, -120.153458 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

Already in the beginning of the 20th century there were the first skiing activities at so-called Granlibakken (from Norwegian: “hill sheltered by fir trees”) above Lake Tahoe. In 1928 a group of famous ski jumpers around Alf Engen and Lars Haugen was lodging at “Tahoe Tavern” and agreed with the landlord to construct a ski jumping hill at Tahoe City. After two years of construction time and costs of 10,000 US$ the “Olympic Hill” was completed. In 1931 the Californian Championships were organized at Granlibakken with ski jump constructor Alf Engen setting up a hill record of 210 feet (64.0 m), but Sig Vettestad from Auburn becoming champion. In the following year the Olympic trials and the Nordic US Championships were hosted at Tahoe City from February 26 to 28. Until World War II the 60 meter hill was one of the famous and important of the Western U.S.
Afterwards a smaller junior jumping hill was constructed in early 1950’s and the national junior championships were hosted in 1952. Additionally Lake Tahoe Ski Club was one participating in the organization of Olympic Winter Games 1960 at only few miles away Squaw Valley.
Today Granlibakken is just a holiday resort with the possibility of alpine skiing.

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