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Echo Valley Ski Jump:

K-Point: ca. 30 m
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1934
Conversions: 1935, 1937
Operating until: 1960
Year of destruction: 1980's
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Kalamazoo Ski Club
Coordinates: 42.319275, -85.462097 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

The history of ski jumping in the outskirts of Kalamazoo, Michigan, dates back to 1934. Then Harold J. Moore built the first wooden ski jump, which was destroyed in a storm shortly thereafter. The second structure was insured and lasted several years - until the tornado in 1937. The subsequent inrun tower structure was already made of steel and lasted much longer. Local competitions were held on the hill. Over the years, the jump was part of the Echo Valley winter park, whose extremely popular attraction was the toboggan tracks that are still open today. In 1960, due to the addition of two more tracks, the jump was shut down. For a few decades after the closure of the hill, the skeleton of the former inrun could be seen on the spot.

Source: Marybeth C. Smith

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