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Chester Bowl Park:

K-Point: 88 m
Tower height: 35 m
Year of construction: 1940
Conversions: 1971
Year of destruction: 2014
Further jumps: K35, K20, K10
Status: destroyed
Plastic matting: no
Ski club: Duluth Nordic Ski Club

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History:

In Duluth, an industrial city in Minnesota, already in 1905 Duluth Ski Club was founded and first activities at Chester Bowl started. In 1940 the large 88 meter ski jumping hill was constructed, but today the inrun tower has already been removed.
The Little Chester K35 was officially inaugurated in winter 1971 with a new steel-inrun tower, which was already set up in 1969. The planning and construction phase of the project took over two and a half years and was leaded by ski jumping Olympic participant Jim Denney Sr., who pushed the realization forward with great efforts. Left of it there is K20, called “Rabbit Ears” and still further left K10, called “Bunny Ears”. Since the opening the Duluth Nordic Ski Club has been running this ski jumping facility and since 1971 there is a traditional youth competition called “Annual Lions Junior Invitational” every year in December.
Beside the four ski jumps at Chester Bowl Park in the past ski jumps at Old Maple Hill, Lincoln Park and Fond du Lac existed. Chester Bowl hills were deconstructed in August 2014.

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3)   Cheryl Jones   wrote on 2018-08-14 at 19:41:

This was the site of the first ever somersault on skiis in 1909

It should be on record here somewhere that John M. Rudd performed the first ever somersault on skis at Chester Bowl in 1909.

2)   Alex Miller   wrote on 2014-08-21 at 19:34:

U.S. Geological Survey GIS Analyst

The city of Duluth just tore down this jumps sad face :(


http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/chester-bowl-ski-jumps

1)   Joe Sigler   wrote on 2013-05-19 at 16:28:

Birch Park Ski Jump / Club in New Duluth, Mn

My brother and I started Ski Jumping on Rabbit Ear jump at Birch Park, New Duluth. We did Chester, Fond du Lac and many other northern Minnesota hills Virgina, Ely, etc We ski Jumped back in 1958 through early sixty's... Could you please add "Birch Park" to " other hills in Duluth? Thanks for your pages to allow us to remember back when we were BULLET PROOF!

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