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Bakke Hill:

K-Point: 100 m
Men Winter Hill record: 105.2 m (345 ft) (Greg Swor USA, 1970)
Year of construction: 1933
Further jumps: K70, K45, K18
Status: destroyed

Leavenworth Ski Hill:

K-Point: 27 m
Year of construction: 2009
Further jumps: K15
Status: operating
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Ski club: Leavenworth WSC

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History:

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club was founded in 1928 and ski jumping had been part of the club life from the beginning on.
Bacause a smaller ski jump had already been existing, on which Sigried Hansen jumped 65 feet (20 m) at the first competition in 1929, Bakke Hill was built up in 1933 and with its critical point of 73 m it was one of the largest ski jumps of the whole country. Over the decades it was existing, it was enlarged several times and gained a good reputation as the most known ski jump in western United States through the hosting of the U.S. American championships in 1941, 1959, 1967, 1974 and 1978.
End of 1970’s the interest in ski jump at Leavenworth declined heavily and other new-built large hill ski jumps like Steamboat Springs, Iron Mountain and the fling hill at Ironwood were taken in advance to Leavenworth.
The most famous ski jumper from Leavenworth is former United States Olympic team member Ron Steele who was the best placed American jumper in the 1972 Sapporo, Japan Olympics.
Nevertheless, the ski club tried a restart from 1986 to ’88 with the planned new-construction of a K40 and K25 ski jumping hill. Unfortunately this activity did not lead into a long-lasting ski jumping tradition as it was in the past.
For the winter sports season 2009/2010 another attempt to revive ski jumping in Leavenworth was made and on January 31, 2010 the first “Bakke Cup” with competitions for children in alpine skiing, ski jumping and cross-country was organized.

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9)   John   wrote on 2018-07-26 at 13:19:

Packed the outrun

I grew up in Leavenworth and learned how to ski there and at Stevens pass when I could shovel enough roofs in the winter time to make the lift ticket price. I remember watching many competitions in the 70's including some of my 1978 classmates. I "packed" the outrun several times during my high school (back when it was the Grizzly's) to early 20's years. Competition had stopped but there were still young men that wanted to be able to jump who took the "ride". The D hill, the one behind the "lodge", was the place most young guys started out. Clarence Ostella was one of the instructors for a time while his son Chris jumped. They would travel to Revelstoke, iron mountain, and several other locations for competition. They transitioned from the D hill to the C hill and would attempt the A hill if they got bold enough to try it. Unfortunately it was closed due to becoming unsafe over the years of neglect. Great memories, great fun, great childhood county!

8)   Marv   wrote on 2018-06-06 at 21:50:

traveler/ downhill racer

Grew up 50 miles from Iron Mt. Michigan, the spot of the world's largest manmade ski jump.Wakefield has the largest ski flying jump in the world, but Ishpeming, MI just 20 miles from Marquette on Lake Superior, has Suicide Hill, which is still hosting world comps as well as Iron Mt. Check out the NATIONAL SKI HALL OF FAME in Ishpeming.cu6/19.

7)   Frank   wrote on 2018-02-13 at 19:36:

Jumped in 1959-1961

I was on the Wenatchee High Ski Team and jumped on the "C" jump between 1959-1961. I still have my old wooden 96 inch Kongsberg jumping skis with bear-trap bindings.

6)   Wes Sauer   wrote on 2016-12-18 at 21:06:

Original photographs from ski hill

I have inherited film negatives that my grandfather or uncle shot at the ski hill. Most appear to be taken between 1930 - 1945. I am considering how to make the most of these and other Leavenworth area photos.

5)   Deb Cuyle   wrote on 2016-12-15 at 21:12:

old pics needed

I am writing a book about Leavenworth and the Cascades and would LOVE to include some never seen before photos of Leavenworth and the old ski jumps! Barb Knapp you state you G Pa left you some and wanted to know if anyone was interested. Yes, me! Can I use a few in my book? Proper credit to you and your Grandpa of course! Thanks-Deborah Cuyle

4)   Cheryl   wrote on 2016-01-07 at 21:21:

Leavenworth ski hill.

My dad jumped on those runs in the early 50's. Any pictures would be greatly appreciated. I also learned how to ski on those hills. My dad was on the jumping team at the high school in Levenworth.

3)   Hank Seibert   wrote on 2013-05-22 at 05:01:

Going through some old photo's and found a program from Sunday, February 8th 1953 with the distances filled in.

2)   Barb (Lepper) Knapp   wrote on 2012-09-16 at 11:48:

I have photos my Grandfather Lin R. Hart took of the early ski jumping events. I would like to know if anyone would have interest in obtaining these. Lots of old pictures of Leavenworth, the big hill and jumpers.

1)   Rich   wrote on 2012-03-01 at 16:58:

As a kid living in Leavenworth during the 1940s I saw some great ski jumping. I could only jump the "D" hill. I remember the Bakke family. I remember the "A" hill jumpers with hands out over the front of the skis. Later on the jumpers streamlined with hands behind. I know the modern jumpers soar with skis apart, but the streamlined soaring was more beautiful to watch. I saw the great American skier, Art Devlin, out jump the hill, landing in the "dip", crashed and I believe he broke his leg.

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