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Milwaukee Road Ski Bowl Jump:

K-Point: 90 m
Men Longest jump: 89.6 m (294 ft) (Arnholdt Kongsgård NOR, 1948-03-22)
Men Winter Hill record: 88.4 m (290 ft) (Arnholdt Kongsgård NOR, 1949-01-29)
Further jumps: K60, K40, K20
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1939
Conversions: 1947
Operating until: 1950
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Pacific Northwest Ski Association
Coordinates: 47.387334, -121.398507 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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In 1909 the "Milwaukee Railroad" track was constructed across 919 m high Snoqualmie Pass and in 1912 a tunnel through the Snoqualmie summit was completed. In early 1920's first winter sports activities around the pass road had started. Seattle Ski Club built its first ski jumping hill at Beaver Lake at Snoqualmie west summit in 1929-30.
Already in summer 1936 planning for the construction of the new "Snoqualmie Ski Bowl" at Mount Hyak had started, including a 60 meter ski jumping hill designed by Peter Hostmark. However, due to financial problems of the "Pacific Northwest Ski Association" its realization was delayed. Finally the skiing area was opened in 1938 and in 1939 two ski jumping hills with K90 and K60 were completed. The opening event in March 1940 was attended by 8,000 spectators and winner was Alf Engen ahead of the first hill record holder Torger Tokle. In March 1941 the US national championships were held on the large hill, with Tokle setting a new national record of 288 feet.
After World War II the area at Hyak was renamed to "Milwaukee Road Ski Bowl" and operations resumed in winter 1946-47. Then, also a 20 meter junior hill was added. Then, on March 22-23, 1947 the Olympic trails for the 1948 Games of St. Moritz were held at Snoqualmie. During training Arnholdt Kongsgård set an unofficial hill record of 294 feet. The US nationals in 1948 were then won by Arne Ulland with 280 feet and during the PNSA competition in 1949 Kongsgård beet the hill record with 290 feet.
In December 1949 the skiing lodge of Milwaukee Road Ski Bowl burned down. Though operations of the skiing area were improvised in the following winter, the operating company decided to closed down the ski area in 1950 and with it also the ski jumping hills. The ski area reopened as "Hyak Ski Area" in 1959, but the final end of the ski jumping hills had already come.

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2)   John W. Lundin   wrote on 2020-05-06 at 08:21:

1941 National Championships

In the National Championships in 1941, at the Milwaukee Ski Bowl, bib 2 was worn by Carl Baadsvik from the Toronto Ski Club. Seattle Times March 2, 1941.

1)   Gordon R Cole   wrote on 2019-01-06 at 18:32:

I have a ski bib from the 1941 Nat'l Jumping Championship. Bib #2. How can i find out who wore this???

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