Ski Jumping in Washington State: A Nordic Tradition

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Ski jumping, once Washington’s most popular winter sport, was introduced by Norwegian immigrants in the early twentieth century. It began at Spokane’s Browne’s Mountain and Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill, moved to midsummer tournaments on Mount Rainier in 1917 and expanded statewide as new ski clubs formed. Washington tournaments attracted the world’s best jumpers—Birger and Sigurd Ruud, Alf Engen, Sigurd Ulland and Reidar Andersen, among others. In 1941, Torger Tokle set two national distance records here in just three weeks. Regional ski areas hosted national and international championships as well as Olympic tryouts, entertaining spectators until Leavenworth’s last tournament in 1978. Lawyer, historian and award-winning author John W. Lundin re-creates the excitement of this nearly forgotten ski jumping heritage.
ISBN: 9781467147828
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Washington
Series: Sports
Images: 124
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
John W. Lundin is an attorney, historian and author with homes in Seattle and Sun Valley who has written extensively about the ski history of Washington and Idaho. This is a sequel to Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass, which received an award as outstanding regional ski history in 2018 from the International Ski History Association. John is also the author of Sun Valley, Ketchum and the Wood River Valley and Skiing Sun Valley: A History from Union Pacific to the Holdings.
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