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Ski Jump:

K-Point: 45 m
Men Winter Hill record: 54.9 m (180 ft) (Torger Tokle NOR)
Further jumps: K20
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1928
Status: destroyed

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From 1930’s on Bear Mountain in New York State was the ski jumping center of whole USA and there more competitions were hosted than anywhere else. The place on Hudson River was candidate for organizing the 1932 Winter Games, which were finally given to Lake Placid, too. Still on 1960-01-16 more than 10,000 spectators came to watch the “Doerr Memorial Cup” competition.
Since 1990 the jumps haven’t been used any more.

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8)   Carol Dashnau LeBarron   wrote on 2017-02-09 at 14:40:

Torger Torkle

My mom was a waitress at Bear Mountain Inn and dated Torger before he went off to war and lost his life. We are lucky to have some of his correspondence with her. I learned to skate on the rink as we went round and round to the organ music, followed by watching the jumpers, which was quite a thrill.

7)   Stanley Gundersen   wrote on 2015-04-02 at 11:00:

Old result lists ...from Bear Mtn.ny. ski jumping.

My uncle Mr. Reidar Gundersen won several ski jump titles at Bear Mtn. ny. during the 1958-1968 time periode. I'm looking for result lists of that time periode. Does anyone have any information about that, Reidar just turned 80 years old and is still in great shape. I would be thankfull for any info. about his results or participation on him.

6)   peter claus   wrote on 2015-02-09 at 18:03:

enjoyed jumping at the bear... fun times of my life... to the editor you should make mention of the 70 meter hill we had in rosendale ny in the 1960,s

5)   Brad Nolen   wrote on 2015-01-02 at 07:51:

Jumped the hill in a club meet 1980 or 1981.
Coach Harry Brown from Vermont Academy drove us all over NE to meets.
A lot of the jumpers were jumping old school as they had in the day,hands forward.Hockey helmets and horned rimmed glasses didn't stop them from showing the greenhorns how to jump elevator shaft style hill.
In run track set amongst the saplings takeoff +/- 35 mph (?) takeoff.
Only work road ,viewing tower and knoll visible at takeoff.
Clear the knoll and reach for the K point. A big drop and a real thrill to jump with the old timers

4)   Albert Feridun   wrote on 2014-01-30 at 16:10:


I remember very well those ski jumps back in the 60's.I was so excited to go there with my parents and watch the ski jumping.It's too bad that they were discontinued.Great events for all.

3)   Gil De Laat   wrote on 2011-10-20 at 22:16:

The Bear

e are trying to get some support to bring back the Bear. Please contact me if you have interest.

2)   Bruce Miller   wrote on 2011-10-18 at 04:03:

Great memories of a wonderful time. Weekend morning outdoor skating in an beautiful setting, then watching the ski jumping.

1)   Peter Minde   wrote on 2011-04-19 at 20:22:

editor of and

Nice blurb on Bear Mountain. The fourth photograph down looks very much like the one I took for this story:

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