Cancellation of This Winter’s Jump at Copper Peak

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Copper Peak Ski Flying Facility will NOT jump this winter, but it appears it will return to its full glory and even more! I just received the below press release where Copper Peak Inc. talks about how the FIS is looking to not only get back what Copper Peak was, but go further beyond that!

I just received a press release from Copper Peak, Inc:

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Copper Peak to be Reinvented as World’s Largest Summer Ski Jump
2014 Winter Exhibition will be delayed

IRONWOOD, MI (November 22, 2013) – The Federation of International Skiing (FIS) has granted
Copper Peak its approval to move forward with extensive renovations that will transform the hill
into the largest summer ski jump in the world. The full facility plan includes a USA Ski Jumping
National Training Center, which will allow athletes to use the Peak from the middle of June to
October and through the winter. Originally built as the only ski flying hill in North America, Copper
Peak will be reshaped to meet exacting FIS standards for ski jumping. The winter exhibition that
was to be held at Copper Peak on February 28 through March 2, 2014 will be delayed due to
immediate construction preparation. All funds already collected will be returned to ticketholders.
The original plan presented to FIS included only renovations sufficient to permit the 2014 Winter
Exhibition. However, FIS sees far greater potential for Copper Peak and has recommended a new
focus on renovating the hill for expanded usage. This is due in part to the booming international
popularity of summer ski jumping. Europeans in particular have embraced the sport because of its
more temperate weather for fans and fewer technical variables for skiers. The renovation will
reposition Copper Peak as a premier destination for prestigious competitions, such as the FIS
Summer Grand Prix – an event that draws the world’s top ski jumpers.

The potential regional economic and publicity impact of the restoration is significant. “Copper Peak
is on the verge of international prominence,” said Mike Holland, former ski flying world distance record holder and USA Ski Jumping Chief of Club Support. “U.S. and world ski jumping communities are abuzz with excitement over plans to modernize Copper Peak. Soon, large crowds will flock to Ironwood in the winter AND summer to watch the best men (and women!) ski jumpers in the world.” Under this plan, Copper Peak will expand its possible ski jumping usage from three days a year in the winter to include as many as 50 days during the summer season, and draw potentially thousands of additional
international visitors.

“What’s about to happen at Copper Peak is just plain amazing,” adds Bryan Sanders, a 1992 Winter
Olympian and Chief of Competition for Copper Peak. “The Peak is reinventing itself 44 years after
it first opened and 20 years after it was last used. We will embark immediately with plans to
modernize the facility for both winter and summer use, and both day and nighttime use. Once
complete, the Peak will attract elite athletes from around the world at both winter and summer
competitions, possibly as early as 2015.”

Kris Severson, former Copper Peak flyer and sports producer, is also excited at the prospect. “The
recommendations from the recent FIS visit were extremely positive. They view Copper Peak as an
international ski jumping landmark. This is like a gold medal for U.S. ski jumping.”
Copper Peak opened in March 1970, and remains the largest ski jump on the American continent.
Some of the world’s greatest ski jumpers and ski flyers, including Olympic champions from
Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, started their early flying careers at Copper Peak. From
1970 to 1994, ten ski flying competitions took place on the Peak. Although there have been no
competitions since then, for decades Copper Peak has drawn more than 10,000 visitors per year as
the top tourist attraction in the Western Upper Peninsula.

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1 Comment

  1. Bummer!
    Yet, it is great news to hear that investments are being made and the ski jump will happen. Great news for the small independent U.P. Michigan business owners that need the tourism coin and serve up some of the best grub in the Midwest. I am at Copper Peak with bells on!

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