IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WJMN) – The FIS Continental Cup returns to the Pine Mountain Ski Jump in Iron Mountain in February of 2022. The tournament was canceled in 2021, the first time since 1939 it was canceled.

When competitors and fans return February 4-6, they’ll have a new experience waiting for them.

“For us this year it’s a big deal, we have about a $3.8 million tower. The previous tower stood for more than 75 years,” said Kiwanis Ski Club President, Nick Blagec.

This is the view skiers get before soaring off the end of the jump.

Renovations started in May of 2020 and were completed later that year, but because of COVID-19 the tournament was canceled for 2021.

“We had to have a warming building on top of the tower for skiers to stay warm in between. If the wind is blowing and they can’t jump, they need somewhere to keep warm. The old tower would not support that so the whole thing was rebuilt,” said Blagec.

To help pay for the new warming building and ramp, the Pine Mountain Kiwanis has continued its tradition of booster buttons. Blagec said so far this year, they’ve raised between $14-15,000.

Booster buttons through the years.

“It’s a booster button, people have to remember that. They aren’t like a ticket at a concert or something like that. This is something, we have to have this to put this on,” said Blagec.

Volunteers are always needed.

“During the tournament for sure, you know you have to have blowers on the hill to keep the track clean, packing the hill in between. There are certain things that have to be done. The more people we can get to help. It’s not all just cold weather stuff too,” added Blagec.

If you’re trying to pick your spot to watch, Blagec said his favorite is to watch from the side instead of directly at the bottom.

“My idea of the best place to watch is on the side angle, not straight on myself. If you come here on a Saturday or a Sunday.

What to know for the weekend

EVENT GUIDELINES FOR PINE MOUNTAIN CONTINENTAL CUP FEBRUARY 4-6, 2022.

Please take note that Pine Mountain Road will be closed to thru traffic Saturday Feb. 5th and Sunday Feb. 6th starting at approximately 8:00am CST both days.

WE ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO CAR POOL AS WE ARE EXPECTING A RECORD SETTING CROWD.

NEW – Be prepared for traffic changes entering & departing the ski jump complex.  You are encouraged to pre-purchase your Booster Buttons so you may use the express lane when entering.  If exiting the parking lot prior to 2:30, you will only be permitted to turn right.  PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN APPROACHING GATES AND THROUGHOUT THE JUMP COMPLEX PROPERTY – MANY PEDESTRIANS WILL BE ON FOOT.

EVEN THOUGH ATV’S/SIDE BY SIDES ARE LEGAL TO DRIVE ON MANY OF OUR ROADS, THEY ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE SKI JUMP PARKING LOT.

The following guidelines have been established to assure the safety and the enjoyment of all those in attendance at the competition: 

SPECIAL EMPHASIS WILL BE PLACED ON CONTAINING FIRES IN THE PARKING LOT.   All fires must be contained and under control at all times, excess size & smoke will not be tolerated.  Burning barrels or approved commercial contained fireplaces must be used.  NO FIRES MAY BE STARTED ON THE GROUND; NO PALLETS CAN BE BURNED; NO BALES OF HAY OR STRAW MAY BE BURNED, NO CHRISTMAS TREES AND NO FURNITURE MAY BE BURNED.

General Event Guidelines:
~  By 9:00 AM Saturday February 5, all vehicles in general admission parking must be parked bumper to the
    snowbank
~  By 11:00 AM Sunday February 6, all vehicles in general admission parking must be parked bumper to the 
    snowbank
~ Admission Buttons must be worn and visible at all times starting Friday February 4th ~ There is NO ACCESS to the top of the hill on either Thursday thru Sunday of the event.
~  Snowmobiles & ORV’s may not ride in the parking lot.  (These vehicles may park in the far NORTH end of the lot.
~ Campers, RV’s and buses will all have designated parking areas. (906-396-1212)
~ Stereo noise must be kept to a minimum at all times.
~ The construction of shelters is strongly discouraged.  If you find it necessary, the height must not exceed 6’0” as 
   a courtesy to those behind you.
~ Reminder – Refrigerator box type “homemade” porta johns will not be permitted. 
~  You may not scavenge through the PRIVATE PARKING SPOTS the week after the event – many people come back to gather their gear the following week and weekend – consider it private property.
~ Please clean up after yourselves – DO NOT LEAVE GARBAGE OR SHELTER DEBRIS
 ~All spectators must vacate the parking lot by 7 PM both Saturday & Sunday after the competition.
~ All State Laws & County Ordinances will be enforced including MIP and other alcohol related violations.
~ Animals are discouraged at the complex – if you bring them, they must be on a leash – no exceptions.
~ No sliding on any of the hills on or adjacent to the landing hill.

We thank you for your consideration and adherence to these guidelines.

Continental Cup Itinerary

February 4, 2022 – Friday
1:00 PM – Official Training 2 Rounds

February 5, 2022 – Saturday
10:00 AM – Trial Round
11:00 – PM First Round of Continental Cup Jumping Competition 1, Round  2 – 20 minutesafter completion of round 1
1:00 PM – Opening Ceremony
1:30 PM – First Round of Continental Cup Jumping Competition 2, Round 2 – 20 minutes later, awards to follow competition immediately in outrun for both competitions

February 6, 2022 – Sunday
11:00 AM – Trial Round
12:15 PM –  Opening Ceremony
1:00 PM – First Round of Continental Cup Jumping  3, Round 2 – 20 minutes later and awards to follow competition immediately in outrun