Although the Minneapolis Ski Club does its best to dispel the myth that ski jumpers are crazy people who hurl themselves down an impossibly tall and long ramp, the sport still sounds extreme. For this international competition, top athletes from the U.S., Norway, Finland, Canada, and Poland will gracefully speed down a ramp that begins atop a 150-foot-tall tower in hopes that they can travel the furthest via momentum, skill, and catching some good air. Kids aged four to ten typically begin to learn how to ski jump on bunny-hill bumps about a foot tall, so the learning curve on the way to competitive jumping is intense. Wednesday night's event will surely be a great opportunity to see some Olympic-level athleticism from the best in the sport.
Wed., Jan. 26, 6 p.m., 2011