Ac­tu­ally, there’s an­other full-sized ski jump in the U.S.

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “How­elsen Hill slip, slid­ing away; Ground un­der the iconic ski jump is erod­ing, and Steam­boat stud­ies how to fix it,” Jan. 17 sports story.

I read with in­ter­est the story about How­elsen Hill, but I take ex­cep­tion to the part of the story that said “Steam­boat, Park City [Utah] and Lake Placid, N.Y., are the only places in the U.S. that have full-sized ski jumps.”

Pine Moun­tain ski jump in Iron Moun­tain, Mich., holds the U.S. records for the long­est jump in World Cup com­pe­ti­tion at 459 feet. In the past, How­elsen and Pine Moun­tain ski jumps were ri­vals in com­pet­ing for the U.S. ski-jump­ing record. Hold­ing the record was keenly im­por­tant to both cities. The ri­valry faded away when Pine Moun­tain reg­u­larly posted jumps of over 400 feet — a dis­tance How­elsen has not ever matched.

This slight is prob­a­bly only im­por­tant to ski-jump­ing fans — which I am, hav­ing grown up in Iron Moun­tain.

David Hanna, Lit­tle­ton

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