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.
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.
“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.