Jump times moved ahead
IRON MOUNTAIN – Ski jumpers and hill officials have reported that conditions are great and the hill is 100 percent ready to go for this weekend’s Pine Mountain Continental Cup International Ski Jumping Competition.
During official training on Friday, Ole Marius Ingvaldsen of Norway flew 441 feet for the longest jump of the afternoon.
Competition begins today, but with an altered schedule.
The event was originally scheduled to start at 11 a.m. today with trials rounds.
However, the new schedule calls for trial round jumping to begin at 9 a.m. today. The first competition will start at 10 a.m. and the second competition will start at 1:30 p.m. Each competition consists of two rounds of jumping.
Originally, only one competition had been slated for 1 p.m. today. However, with increasing winds, sleet, and snow predicted for Sunday afternoon, hill officials wanted to make sure that ski jumpers got in at least two competitions.
An awards ceremony will follow the competition on the outrun.
If the weather holds up, Sunday events will include a trial round at 11 a.m., opening ceremonies at 12:15 p.m., and the final competition at 1 p.m.
At least one round of jumping has been canceled in each of the last three years at Pine Mountain because of bad weather.
All Sunday jumps were canceled in 2010, the second round of Sunday jumps were canceled in 2011, and all Saturday jumps were canceled last year.
Pine Mountain Road will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today and Sunday.
Booster buttons are required for admission into the Pine Mountain area.
Visit kiwanisskiclub.com for more information on the ski jumps.