EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Construction of a 55-meter ski jump at Mount Washington has been a long-time coming for Eau Claire’s Flying Eagles Ski Club. First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray tells us when we can expect the new hill to be up and running.
The Mount Washington Ski Jump Complex is a historic year-round training center for central division jumpers. Jumping into the winter season, the Eau Claire Flying Eagles Ski Club looks to complete construction of their new HS 55-meter ski jump.
The million-dollar steel giant behind me, four years in the works, could be seeing skiers as soon as January.
Dan Mattoon, coach, and Flying Eagles Ski Club Coordinator says netting on the track still needs to be laid.
Mattoon said, “With this really early snow, that kind of caught us by surprise so we were unable to install that yet but we’re hoping a little meltdown will be good and then we’ll get back to put that netting down that’ll hold the snow on there for the winter time jumping.”
Area businesses alongside volunteers have spent the last two summers laying the deck panels and installing high beams on the weekend.
“Not everybody is comfortable working 100 feet up in the air on a tower with basically just a fall protection, they’re tied off but otherwise it’s kind of wide-open,” said project chairmen, Matt Gundry.
So comfortably, engineer and project chairman matt Gundry says there is plenty left to be done.
“We need to get the railings completed, we need to have at least a temporary track installed and then on the landing we need to get some netting installed that will help retain the snow,” said Gundry.
Mattoon says the 100-foot-high jump will attract skiers from a number of surrounding states. It will also make for an easier transition to silver mines HS 95-meter Olympic size hill.
“Once we get the HS-55 completed, that jump along with our other three hills that we have the 30, the 15 and the 7 meter, it’s going to make our complex probably the number one undisputed best facility in the whole country,” said Mattoon.
Mattoon and Gundry expect all final touches to be ready for air, midsummer 2021
In Eau Claire, Phoebe Murray, First News at Nine.