Development and Special Programs
Ski jumping has a long history in the United States — from the wintery Mid-West to the hills of Lake Placid and the Rocky Mountain West.
There are five noted ski jumping divisions in the U.S. Some divisions are made up of many jumping clubs, while others may support one or two clubs.
EASTERN DIVISION: There are approximately 10 clubs that are or have recently been active in this division. Eastern is made up of athletes from New York, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. One of the major locations for ski jumping in the East is Lake Placid where the 1980 Olympics were held. Tournaments take place in Lake Placid annually throughout the year thanks to an artificial plastic surface that covers the jumps in the summer. There are currently eight registered female ski jumping/nordic combined athletes in the Eastern Division. Learn more at SkiJumpEast.com
CENTRAL DIVISION: Central, as it is referred, is home to the majority of ski jumpers, ski clubs, and ski jumps in the country. It is made up of jumpers from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. There are 14 clubs in Central each having at least one ski jump. Copper Peak, MI is home to the only ski flying hill in the U.S. It is currently under reconstruction, but they hope to have it up an running soon. Athletes in Central spend their winter weekends going from club to club for their annual tournaments. With 34 registered USSA female athletes and many more unregistered, you are sure to run into a handful out at the hill any given weekend in the winter. Learn more at CentralSkiJumping.com
ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION: Rocky Mountain currently consists of two clubs. A permanent location in Steamboat Springs, CO and a winter only location in Aspen, CO. Steamboat Springs, known as Ski Town USA, holds many nordic combined competitions, from international to local. Aspen currently has temporary, winter-only ski jumps. They are hoping to find a permanent home to construct ski jumps. The Rocky Mountain Division has 12 registered female athletes. Learn more are Aspen Valley and Steamboat Springs
INTERMOUNTAIN DIVISION: Intermountain consists of only one club located in Park City, UT. The Park City Nordic Ski Club is housed at the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic ski jumps. Park City is the only place in the U.S. in which athletes can train on all ski jumps year round. With every ski jump having an artificial plastic surface, athletes only experience about a month in the spring and a month in the fall that they can't jump. Currently the Intermountain Division holds the majority of the top-ranked U.S. female athletes. There are a total of 11 registered female athletes jumping in Park City. Learn more at Park City Nordic Ski Club
ALASKA DIVISION: There is currently one ski club in Anchorage. Alaska does not have the large ski jumps that are available in the lower 48, but they have jumps big enough to host the U.S. Junior Olympics ever couple years. Learn more at Anchorage Nordic Ski Club
Members of the VISA Women's Ski Jumping Team come from several of these divisions. One of the goals of these athletes is to continue to help develop the sport in these regional areas, raise awareness and encourage young girls to continue to train and one day make the VISA Team.