Ski Flying

If ski jumping is a potentially dangerous, frightening sport requiring exacting skills, ski flying is simply insane. While most ski jumping competitions are held with a K-line at 90 or 120 meters, ski flying competitions have a K-spot of at least 185 meters. Distances of over 200 meters are possible. For an explanation of the K-line, please see the ski jumping page. Because of the distances and structures required, there are only five ski flying venues in the world.

They are:

  • Vikersundbakken in Vikersund, Norway
  • Oberstdorf, Germany
  • Kulm, Austria
  • Letalnica in Planica, Slovenia
  • Harrachov, Czech Republic

There is a potential sixth hill, Copper Peak in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but the structure is not to FIS standards and it is unknown if this will ever be used. But the organization that operates the hill is certainly trying, and offers chair lift and elevator rides and tours to raise funds.

The largest of the ski flying facilities is Planica, where the current World Record of 239 meters was set by Norwegian Bjørn Einar Romøren in 2005. Janne Ahonen allegedly reached 240 M at the same competition, but fell while he was landing.

Key Links...

  • Copper Peak Here's the organization that is seeking to re-open America's one and only ski flying hill. It is an impressive structure and worth a visit.
  • Ski Para Gliding Paragliders on skis often call that sport "ski flying," but for the sake of minimizing confusion, we'll call it Ski Para Gliding. This link goes to a page that describes it.

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Masthead photos used by permission:
Ralf Roletschek
Creative Commons
US Army/public domain
Erik Charlton.