Pine Mountain Ski Jump
|Just standing and looking at this world-class jump can make you nervous. It's 176 feet high and 380 feet long. The record jump is 459 feet.|
The ski slide, built in 1938, has seen more competitive ski jumping than anywhere else in the U.S. An international competition takes place each February and provides a good excuse for a fun time tailgating even if windy conditions don't permit skiers to jump. Skiers land mid-hill at 65 mph.
|It's also creepy to walk all the way to end of the narrow observation deck that hangs well over the sheer bluff. But the view to the northwest is splendid. Below to the right you can see Pine Mountain Resort.|
You can walk up the ski jump to the top. Any time of the year, it's a grand view from this hilltop, looking out 30 miles and encompassing seven lakes.
For info about the Pine Mountain Ski Jumping tournament, see www.kiwanisskiclub.com For info on the sport of ski jumping, see www.skijumpingcentral.com and visit the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming.
|The view from below reveals now sharply the ground falls off beneath the ski jump.|
From U.S. 2 in town, turn west onto Kent St. just south of the Chapin Pit, follow signs. In about 3/4 mile, look for Upper Pine Mountain Rd. which winds up to the hilltop. No charge.
Return to Iron Mountain
POINTS OF INTEREST
Menominee Range Historical Museum. In a handsome 1901 Carnegie Library, museum focused on Dickinson County's history, based on local individuals' collections, from tin soldiers to Indian curios ... more
Cornish Pump Engine & Mining Museum. A huge 1893 steam-operated pump with 40-foot flywheel used to dewater the Chapin iron mine and displays on mining techniques and geology---mining equipment, historical photos, and geological specimens, plus displays about the WWII wooden gliders made nearby ... more
Pine Mountain Resort. Developed by Milwaukee brewer Fred Pabst, this 1938 ski resort has developed into a beautiful, year-round facility with pleasant indoor pool and 18-hole championship golf course ... more
Lake Antoine Park. Popular large spring-fed Lake Antoine lies just beyond Iron Mountain's north side. On its northern shore lies this pleasant county park with its large oaks, campsites, swimming beach, nature trail, and fishing pier ... more
Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters & Adventure Store. There are lots of outdoor expeditions in this region, so the well-stocked store here is a welcome destination. Kayak, canoe, and fishing outings are also offered ... more