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Ecker Hill

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Ecker Hill:

K-Point: 90 m
Men Longest jump: 94.8 m (311 ft) (Alf Engen NOR, 1935)
Men Winter Hill record: 90.2 m (296 ft) (Alf Engen NOR, 1934-12-25)
Further jumps: K50
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1930
Operating until: ca. 1960
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Utah Ski Club
Coordinates: 40.743337, -111.575691 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

In the area of ​​Parley's Summit, above Parley's Canyon east of Salt Lake City, the winter sports activities of the Utah Ski Club were greatly expanded in the winter of 1928/29. So before Christmas 1928, several small ski jumps were built in the area of ​​Rasmussen Ranch.
In order to attract world-class jumpers to Utah, club president Peter S. Ecker and the Rasmussen brothers then initiated the construction of a large hill on which world records should also be possible. On March 2nd, 1930, the "Ecker Hill" was inaugurated. On New Year's Day 1931, around 500 spectators came to a competition in which Alf Engen landed in the area of ​​the world record with 75 meters.
The ski jump located not far from today's Utah Olympic Park was Utah's ski jumping center in the 1930s. Some top Norwegian jumpers such as Sigmund Ruud were guests on Ecker Hill, with up to 9,000 spectators watching the jumps. The hill record there is held by Alf Engen with 296 feet, set during a jump on Christmas Day 1934. In January 1935 he even jumped 311 feet (94.8 m) during a training session, which was further than Birger Ruud's world record of 92 m in Planica in 1934.
After World War II, ski jumping became less popular in the United States and people became more interested in alpine skiing. The last major competition on Ecker Hill, also known as Alf Engen Hill, was the US Championships in 1949. The last time there was jumping was in the 1960s. The ski jump has been listed as a national historic site since 1986 and a memorial stone was erected in 2001.

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