Copper Peak International Ski Flying Hill
Trip Start Jul 07, 2012
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I went to the Copper Peak International Ski Flying Hill in Ironwood, MI today. You might be wondering what a ski flying hill is. Well, it's a larger version of a ski jump. The one at Copper Peak is the largest in the world. They say that Copper Peak is the only ski flying hill in the Western Hemisphere.but it hasn't been open since 1990's so it's hard to say it counts.
Your visit to Copper Peak starts with a 365 ft. vertical ride up a chair lift. This lift parallels the landing hill for the jumpers. At the base of the hill is a level area to stop. The road has been diverted around this area.
At the top of the chair lift you find the ski jump. It's the largest in the world, rising 241 feet. An elevator takes you most of the way up. From the top of the elevator you go up another roughly eight stories to reach the very top. The view from the top overlooks more than 2,500 square miles including parts of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota and on a good day parts of Canada as well.
From the top you're staring down the 469-foot, 35-degree ski jump. A sky flyer starting here would accelerate to nearly 70 mph before launching themselves off the end of the ramp. They would then fly until landing hundreds of feet down the slope of the hill, which is not visible from the top of the ramp. I'm a skier and I'm used to looking down ski slopes but I've never seen anything nearly as intimidating as this.