Ski Jumping Hills

Gunstock Mountain Resort Ski Jump Complex (Formerly Belknap County Ski Jump Complex)

Built in 1937-38 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression, construction created needed jobs and put men back to work. Over 80 men were employed, coming as far away as Boston, to build the facility. The original complex included a 10, 20 and 60 meter ski jump, comfort station, first aid station, warming hut, judges’ stand, a parking lot for 2500 cars, bus parking, access roads and stone bridges. A 40 meter jump was built in 1949.

Many of the original structures remain and are still in use. This facility is the only one of its kind in the eastern United States that has four jumps of graduating size used for training athletes in the sport of ski jumping. The facility offers large open areas with maintained hill surfaces for dry land conditioning training for athletes before snow cover is present.

The facility has seen Olympic Trials and Numerous National and Divisional Championship Competitions with attendance at times exceeding 20,000 spectators in years past. National, International and Olympic jumpers have competed at this complex including Torger Tokle (Norway), Bill Demong (New York), Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards (England), Nick Fairall (Andover, NH), Nick Alexander (Lebanon), Merrill “Mezzie” Barber (Brattleboro), Art Devlin (Lake Placid), Dick Durrance (Dartmouth), Chris Freeman, Jonathan Kling (Loudon) and Roger Holden (Norway).


10 METER SKI JUMP(K 18)

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Constructed in 1938, this jump utilizes the natural steep terrain of Mt. Rowe. It has an open coaches’ viewing stand. The jump is used primarily to introduce and train athletes in the sport of ski jumping, for age groups J4 & J5. This jump is also used for High School level competitions. Initial training on this size jump can begin using alpine fixed heel equipment. The current United States Ski Association (USSA) designation for this jump is K 18.



20 METER SKI JUMP(K 26)

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Constructed in 1937, this jump utilizes the natural steep terrain of Mt. Rowe with an added 20 foot tall timber trestle (or tower) at the top of the run. It also has an open coaches’ viewing stand. This jump is used primarily to train athletes in the sport of ski jumping, for age groups J3 & J4. This jump is also used for Open Beginner and High School level competitions. Hills of this size and larger must have the athlete on free heel bindings equipment due to the angle of the heel shin knee in relation to the landing surface. This size hill also accommodates the practice technique of telemark landing style. The current United States Ski Association (USSA) designation for this jump is K 26.


40 METER SKI JUMP(K 50)

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Constructed in 1949 by the Winnipe- saukee Outing Club, this jump utilizes the natural steep terrain of Mt. Rowe with an added 30 foot tall timber trestle (or tower) at the top of the run. This jump is used primarily for open competitions, and age groups J2 & J3. It is also used for Junior Olympic and College level training. In the 1950’s the jump was frequently covered with crushed ice and hay to hold jump competitions in June and July. The current United States Ski Association (USSA) designation for this jump is K 50.



60 METER SKI JUMP (Torger Tokle Memorial Jump) (K 87)

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Constructed in 1937 by the Hussey Manufacturing Corporation of North Berwick, Maine, this jump utilizes the natural steep terrain of Mt. Rowe with an added 45 foot tall steel trestle (or tower) at the top of the run. The jump was modified in 1976 to a 70 meter. The jump also has an enclosed judging stand and open coaches’ viewing stand. This jump is used primarily for National (circuit) competitions, and age groups J1 & J2. It has been used for Olympic Trials and numerous Regional and Divisional Championship Competi- tions. Named after Torger Tokle, a prolific ski jumper of the late 1930’s. The current United States Ski Association (USSA) designation for this jump is K 87.