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Copper Peak

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Copper Peak:

K-Point: 160 m
Men Longest jump: 164.0 m (1994-01-23)
Men Winter Hill record: 158.0 m (Matthias Wallner AUT, 1994-01-23, COC)
158.0 m (Werner Schuster AUT, 1994-01-23, COC)
Tower height: 73 m
Inrun angle: 35°
Take-off angle: 12°
Landing angle: 36°
Conversions: 1988
Operating until: 1994
Status: out of order
Coordinates: 46.599567, -90.087723 Google Maps OpenStreetMap
K160 (1988-1994)K155 (1980-1988)K144 (1969-1980)

Copper Peak Summer Ski Flying Hill:

Hill Size: HS 180
K-Point: 161 m
Tower height: 73 m
Inrun length: 114 m
Inrun angle: 35°
Take-off length: 7 m
Take-off angle: 11.5°
Take-off height: 3.2 m
Speed: 97.2 km/h
Landing angle: 34.5°
Plastic matting: yes
Year of construction: 2024
Status: project

Copper Peak a-boo:

K-Point: 15 m
Status: destroyed
Coordinates: 46.5997489, -90.0882484 Google Maps OpenStreetMap
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1969
Conversions: 1980, 1988
Operating until: 1994
Ski club: Gogebic Range Ski Club, Copper Peak Inc.
Coordinates: 46.599567, -90.087723 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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The first ideas to built the largest jump of the world had the members of Gogebic Range Ski Club already in 1935, but it took 35 years to realize their thoughts. The ski flying hill opened in March 1970 is the largest ski jump on the American continent and is situated at Chippewa Hill in the western area of Michigan called Gogebic.
The name Copper Peak comes from the copper mining which began in this area at about 1884, but also iron was dug out as the city Ironwood shows. The inrun tower is made of 30 tons of steel and 73 meters high, that is the height of a 24 store building. On top of it there is a panorama platform which can be reached by an elevator and is 543.5 above sea level. On days with good view you can see around 60 km.
From 1970 to 1994 ten ski flying competitions took place and the last hill record was set up by the two Austrians M. Wallner and W. Schuster with 158 m in 1994.
1975 the ski club built four junior hills (K66, K45, K25, K13) at the side of Wolverine Hill for younger jumpers.
Of course also the ski flying hill was converted, as in 1980 when the outrun was lowered 3 m, which was supposed to make jumps on 180 m possible, and in 1988 when the takeoff angle was changed on 12° according to the FIS rules.
Since 1994 Copper Peak, which is the only ski flying hill in the western hemisphere, hasn't been used, only in summer tourists come to visit the hill and in winter the nearby ski lift is used.
The profile of the ski flying hill is out-dated and has no FIS certificate anymore, so it takes a huge financial effort to reconstruct the hill to international standards. Nevertheless the Copper Peak Inc. tries to revive the ski flying hill. There are plans to reanimate the jump, so that World Cup or COC events again are possible on the 170 meter facility. The plan was to spend 250,000 US$ by 2013 for filling the landing hill with 1150 m³ of soil in order to decrease the landing angle from 41° to 36°, as well as building a new judges tower, installing a total of 500 m guardrails and an artificial snow making facility.
After a FIS inspection in November 2013 the idea came up that after Copper Peak might, after modernization of profile and a plastic covering, even become a stage of summer Grand Prix as the largest plastic covered ski flying or large hill. Thus, the efforts to revitalize the hill gained momentum again. In end 2016, a new hill profile as K161, HS 180 was approved by FIS and the arrangement of a budget of up to 18 million Dollars began. In October 2017, another FIS site inspection was carried out and very importantly, financial aid of the U.S. senate could be secured. In late 2018, another part of the funding was supposed to be secured through the state budget of Michigan, amounting to around 10 million Dollars. After that, however, the plans fell silent again.
At the end of March 2022, the Michigan Senate then passed a massive infrastructure bill that also includes $20 million to modernize the Copper Peak ski jump. Now the detailed planning work is starting again in coordination with the FIS.As of April 2023, another 4 million dollars of funding have to be raised due to inflation. Nevertheless, the works could be completed by fall of 2024 and the first competitions could take place in 2024 or 2025. Ironwood is set to be the venue for the finale of the Summer Grand Prix.

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Hill records K160 (Men):

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85)   TULS   wrote on 2022-03-28 at 09:12:


Es scheint einige neue Entwicklungen zu geben:

84)   wrote on 2022-01-15 at 20:35:


Ja, leider gab es in den letzten 2-3 Jahren keine Neuigkeiten mehr zum Status der Modernisierung und zur möglichen Wiederinbetriebnahme der Schanze...

83)   TULS   wrote on 2022-01-14 at 10:44:

Ich habe sowohl auf Facebook als auch über Email verscht Infos zum Stand des Umbaus zu bekommen, allerdings wurde ich stumpf ignoriert. Ich fürchte also wenn überhaupt, dann wird es noch einige Zeit dauer bis diese Schanzen wieder springbar ist. Ich denke allerdings, dass es eine gute Schanze wäre um Skifliegen im Sommer und für die Damen im Winter zu veranstalten. Für die Männer im Winter sollte sie als Großschanze oder Zwergskiflugschanze klassifiziert werden.

82)   Eric91   wrote on 2021-01-09 at 22:35:

Seit Jahren hört und ließt man von Infos, das die Copper Peak Anlage wieder in Betrieb genommen werden soll... 2020/21 soll sie Springtauglich sein... Irgendwie gehts aber nicht vorwärts. Ich würde mich sehr freuen, endlich handfeste bzw. bildliche Beweise für den Umbau dieser tollen Anlage sehen zu können. Die Hoffnung, das der Neubau bzw. Umbau dieser Anlage erfolgt, soll bitte nicht nur ein Traum gewesen sein^^

80)   Cateyes   wrote on 2020-03-12 at 19:05:

First jump in years

I saw this:

79)   Tom   wrote on 2019-07-10 at 18:29:

Senate funding construction of ski jumping facilities

Please call or email me about US Senate funding NORDIC ski jum facilities.


78)   Peter Pretorius   wrote on 2018-12-30 at 23:47:

Copper Peak

Here is some old footage from copper peak:

77)   Arlen   wrote on 2018-02-25 at 00:51:

Poor on history

Where is the preliminary information about the bluff itself? Who discovered it for ski jumping, the original name, Chippewa Mountain, the presence of Indians, who designed the first jump? Does commercialization always have to ruin natural areas? Is this a glory project. What's wrong with just an Olympic jump or two or even 3 for young kids to learn on like the old days. Read my book, The Adventures of Anderson,chapter 2, "Blind on a Hill.

76)   Vojtěch Helebrant   wrote on 2016-02-03 at 08:08:

Information not actual

K-point in Cooper Peak is on 170 m right now, hill size is 185. They renovated the Copper Peak to be the smallest possible mamooth hill.

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