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Inspiration Point ski jump:

K-Point: 15 m
Year of construction: 1913
Conversions: 1935
Coordinates: 39.786696, -105.053690 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

May-D&F ski jump:

K-Point: 10 m
Landing angle: 34°
Year of construction: 1964
Year of destruction: 1964
Coordinates: 39.742356, -104.989094 Google Maps OpenStreetMap
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Denver Rocky Mountain Ski Club
Coordinates: 39.786696, -105.053690 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

The Norwegian Carl Howelsen (originally Karl Hovelsen, in the USA he used an altered version of his name), founder of ski jumping in Colorado, came to Denver in 1909. In December 1913, there was an extraordinary amount of snow in the city, too, so he built a small ski jump at Inspiration Point, near what is now the Willis Case golf course. The Denver Rocky Mountain Ski Club held a ski jumping exhibition there on January 18, 1914. When the snow conditions allowed it, the ski jump was used until around 1920. After that the club activities were relocated to Genesee Mountain. In 1935, the ski jump is said to have been renovated again.
In November 1964, there another small ski jump was set up at the May-D&F department store in downtown Denver for marketing purposes. The (alpine) Olympian Billy Kidd jumped there. Today, the Sheraton hotel is located on the same site.
Carl Howelsen promoted skiing and among other things built the first ski jump in Steamboat Springs, which was named after him.

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