A Year-Round Activity
Ski jumping is a year-round sport at Blackhawk and the facilities are some of the best in the nation. Blackhawk has 5-meter, 15-meter, 30-meter, and 60-meter ski jumps. All of Blackhawk’s ski jumps have plastic mats and steel track for training in the non-snow months. Blackhawk’s smaller jumps (5, 15, and 30-meter) also have a rope tow that is used throughout the year to dramatically increase the number of jumps a jumper can get during a practice session.
Ski jumps are designed so the jumper flies close to the ground to land safely on the hill. This is an individual sport that stresses good sportsmanship and encourages kids to improve their personal records. Ski jumpers come in all body sizes. Ski jumping is a great sport for families with kids of all ages. Everyone can come together and practice at the same time. A typical practice session lasts about an hour and a half and includes playing soccer (non-snow months), cross country skiing (winter months), stretching, imitation jumping (IMOs), jumping and reviewing videotapes.
Success in the Past and Present
Blackhawk has a long and proud past in ski jumping. The club was founded in 1947 by a group of ski jumpers. Blackhawk added snow-making equipment and was the first ski jumping club in the Western hemisphere to successfully install plastic mats for year-round training. The Club has produced numerous national champions including Werner Schorr, Kurt Stein, Will Schott, and Anna Hoffman(2016). Will Schott participated in Junior Worlds in January of 2010 and was named to the U.S. Ski Jumping Team. Between 2012 and 2016, seven of Blackhawks jumpers have qualified for Nationals.
Success in the ski jumping program comes from having access to top-level facilities and highly trained coaches. Blackhawk is fortunate to have both.
Introduction to Ski Jumping
Skiers who can easily ski down Hill #2, usually ages five and older, are welcome to try ski jumping. Blackhawk offers an Introduction to Ski Jumping class on Tuesday evenings starting at 5:30. Beginning ski jumpers will learn the basics about ski jumping. When they feel comfortable, they can go off of the smallest jump with their alpine skis. Helmets are required.
New jumpers will have a chance to participate in Blackhawk’s home tournament in January. As the young jumpers progress, if they wish to join the Blackhawk Ski Jumping Team they can come to regular practices on Tuesday nights 5:30-6:30 p.m. by the small ski jumps. Parents are asked to stay and help during practices.
Blackhawk Ski Jumping Team
The team includes youth who have tried the sport and want to learn more, possibly compete in tournaments and/or work towards the goal of Junior Nationals and beyond. Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m. Members of the team can train on snow in winter (December-March), and train on plastic in the spring (May-June) and fall (September-November). Jumpers are not required to attend all practices.
Jumpers can participate in the club’s winter tournament on Sunday, January 15, 2017, or in optional camps throughout the year. Jumpers may begin traveling to other tournaments in the Central Region (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois) when they are ready. Participation in tournaments at other clubs is optional and those fees are not included. As jumpers progress, they can rent jumper skis and boots from the club for a modest fee. Parents are asked to stay and help during practices.
For more information
For more information about Blackhawk ski jumping, contact Christine Gessner.
For a downloadable PDF of the Ski Jumping program