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Battle Creek

Data | History | Competitions | Contact | Map | Photo gallery | Comments

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Battle Creek Ski Jump:

K-Point: 55 m
Hill record: 60.0 m (197 ft) (Reidar Andersen NOR, 1939)
60.0 m (197 ft) (Tim Denisson USA, 1971)
Year of construction: 1938
Further jumps: no
Status: destroyed
Plastic matting: no
Ski club: St. Paul Ski Club

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History:

The first ski jumping hill of St Paul was constructed at Mounds Park in 1924-25 and was patterned after the ski jump at Odnes in Norway. With its horizontal take-off, enormous drop height and abrupt transition into the landing area it was typical for its time. The opening competition was held on February 15, 1925 and Anders Haugen set up the first hill record of 109 feet (33.2 meters). The hill had been used until 1939 when it was destroyed by a wind storm in August.
As a replacement the 60 meter hill at Battle Creek was errected for St Paul Winter Carnival 1939 and afterwards even the national ski jumping championships of 1939 were held there. Winner of the honours class was World Champion Reidar Andersen from Norway with jumps on 193 and 197 ft (58.8 and 60.0 m). The hill had been used until 1970's and the last hill record was 197 feet (60 m) by Tim Denisson in 1971.
After that ski jumping activities of St Paul Ski Club shifted to Carver's Lake at South Maplewood, where a new 40 meter hill was set up in 1972 and named after the former ski jumper and functional Tom Harrington. Still today the four ski jumps K46, K30, K20 and K10 are used, with K46 and K20 even being covered with plastic mattings.

Information and photos:
St Paul Ski Club, MN Historical Society (stpaulskiclub.smugmug.com)

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4)   Scott   wrote on 2014-11-18 at 18:35:

I have a piece of this...I think?

I was walking around the location of the old jumb a few years ago and found a long board (10') that very likly could have come from a portion of the jump. Would anyone be able to verify?

3)   brent huiras   wrote on 2013-11-19 at 18:20:

I miss grandpa

My grandpa jumped off this bitch

2)   Steve Richie   wrote on 2013-10-26 at 19:42:

Back in the 1965 while off school for a "snow day" my friend's and I walked to the jump from the Hillcrest area. Our intentions were to take our sleds and toboggans down the hill immediately below the jump, however; I told them I would ride the toboggan off the jump. I made the climb to the top before realizing I made a mistake. I could not back out then and risk being called chicken, could I?

I pushed off and rode the toboggan down. I zipped along so fast, must've been doing a hundred. When I noticed a board missing ahead; I rolled off and hung on. I crawled my way back to the top.

It was a good thing I did roll off because when the toboggan hit the end it shot up into the air, twisted around and came crashing to the ground. When I was an 11 year old kid...

1)   MATTHEW JOHNSON   wrote on 2013-02-10 at 01:45:

Red Marker in wrong location on Map

The Red Marker showing the location of the former Battle Creek Ski jump is in the wrong place. It should be dropped at a 45 degree angle up and to the left on the OTHER side of the creek. WhiteBear Avenue terminates near there.

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