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Did you know there is ski jumping in Michigan?
After seeking to learn more about his home country, photographer Nic Antaya heard of a ski club in Ishpeming, Michigan that is training a new generation of ski jumpers. He decided to document it.
More than a century ago, local businessmen and ski enthusiasts took steps to organize the National Ski Association in Ishpeming, Michigan. As a result, the area is considered the birthplace of organized skiing in America and home to the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
Ishpeming Ski Club was born in 1887, originally called Norden Ski Club. It began its annual ski jumping tournament in 1888, with its last tournament of 2022 concluding the 135th annual tournament.
By the early 1900s, the annual tournament had over 100 competitors, with 1939 having 136 competitors at Suicide Hill. The Ishpeming Ski Club has produced many top athletes, 13 of whom are members of the Olympic team.
Without the former ski jumping alumni at Suicide Hill Ski Bowl, the club would not continue. Community members and coaches spend countless hours volunteering to maintain the club and train the youngsters.
“There is no sport more extreme than ours,” said club head coach Gary “Razz” Rasmussen.