The Pine Mountain Ski Jump, originally built in 1937, is one of the highest artificially created ski jumps in the world, located in Iron Mountain, Michigan, Dickinson County. It is part of the Kiwanis Ski Club and hosts annual FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup competitions. The original wood structure was fully replaced with a hot-dip galvanized steel structure.
You have now been a art of preserving a tradition of ski jumping that started in Iron Mountain in 1937. This structure will be here for many years to come. ~ Paul Bujold, Kiwanis Ski Club
The renovation of the 176 foot tall Pine Mountain Ski Jump was created to ensure that the facility in Michigan will continue to meet the criteria required by the International Ski Federation FIS. The new, larger structure will also now allow the jump to host the World Cup jump event. Annually in February, it hosts jumpers from around the world at the best tournament in the United States. Currently Pine Mountain holds the U.S. records for the longest jump in World Cup competition at 459 feet, as well as the overall distance record at 472.44 feet.
The owners and design team wanted a reliable coating that would be maintenance free for them in the years to come. They also wanted a consistent color and a durable coating on every single piece of steel. Their ultimate goal was to make the structure maintenance free to ease the burden on the volunteers of the Kiwanis Ski Club. Several ideas were thrown out in terms of construction materials and coatings. They turned to hot-dip galvanizing to meet their ultimate needs.
The jump is planning to host the 2022 World Cup Ski Jump Event. The momentous event will allow both Iron Mountain and hot-dip galvanizing to be put on the map in the ski jump industry now and into the future.
Recreation & Entertainment
Iron Mountain, MI United States
Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Initial Cost, Life-Cycle Cost
Ski jump tower, scaffolding, handrail and stairs
Gunlach Champion Inc.
Integrated Designs, Inc.
Kiwanis Ski Club
V&S Detroit Galvanizing LLC
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