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Engen Hill:







More Ski Jumps: No
Mats: No
Year of Construction: 1936
Used up to: Around 1960
Status: tear up
Integrations: 40.639697, -111.63861

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In 1935, Mark Strand, then vice president of the National Ski Association, announced that the association would build a new ski jump at Spruce in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the mountains east of Salt Lake City. The site was chosen by Alf Engen, a famous jumper of Norwegian descent who lived in Salt Lake City. Original estimates were for possible jump distances of up to 350 feet (over 106 m), which would have been a world record distance at the time.

The 1937 US Championship was to be held on this “flying hill”. However, the project was implemented on a very small scale due to limited funds due to the Great Economic Crisis. Finally, the size of the ski jump is about 40 meters. The inauguration of the plant took place on January 3, 1937. In recognition of his contribution to the construction, the ski jump was named after Alf Engen. Engen himself posted the two longest jumps of the competition (139 and 137 feet) and won easily. Prior to the competition, he completed the longest jump in the history of the mountain at 140 feet. The ski jump remained in use until at least the late 1950s.

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