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USAUSA-MAAyer

Data | History | Hill records | Map | Comments

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Ayer Ski Jump:

K-Point: 50 m
Men Winter Hill record: 54.9 m (180 ft) (Clarence Olsen USA, 1936-02-23)
Total height: 216 m
Tower height: 70 m
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1935
Operating until: 1936
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Ayer Ski Club
Coordinates: 42.553857, -71.539737 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

In early 1930’s a group of ski jumpers around the US national champions Anton Lekang and Strand Mikkelsen was looking for an appropriate hill in New England for the construction of a new large hill ski jump. Finally both discovered Pingry Hill at Ayer and in 1935 the Ayer Ski Hill with an enormous 70 meter high wooden trestle was built up, the total height difference of this ski jump was at 216 m!
On January 25, 1936 Anton Lekang made the very first leap, but he fell roughly and broke his ankle. One day after the official opening, tournament was hosted and thousands of spectators came to watch, but the persons in charge had expected even 20,000! In February 1936 some more competitions were hosted even under floodlights, but in August 1936 a wind storm destroyed the giant inrun tower and the ski jump was never rebuilt.

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2)   Frank Provost   wrote on 2015-02-21 at 22:11:

Pingry Hill

I used to live on Willow road in the late sixties and early seventies.My friends and I used to ski down the cable path toward the railroad tracks.One day we decided to ski from the top of the hill towards Willow road and saw what was left of the piers sticking up from the ground.It puzzled me to think what might have been built there on such a steep hill.My father later told me what it was.

1)   Larry Marolda   wrote on 2012-03-17 at 07:29:

Ski Jumping

Anton Lekang

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