Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Norge Ski Jump Recap

Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove, IL

Last weekend, we enjoyed a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon experiencing the Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove, Illinois. This year was our first pilgrimage but after all of the fun we had, I can say that we will definitely be back for more. This year's event was particular novel because snow had to be  made for the jump since Chicago has been nearly devoid of snow this year. Boots in snow -- such a rarity this year and entirely enjoyable!


The ski jump at Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove, IL

The ski jump looks quite menacing for those of us not accustomed to jumping. We were certainly excited to see jumpers climb up the scaffolding and fly from the jump. Lines marked the distances. The goal was to land within the box area or further. The red and blue dashes marked the record jump.

Skier jumping at the Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove, IL
Skier flying through the air.
The Norge Ski Jump has been an annual event for 112 years. The ski club was originally founded in 1905 by Chicago area Norwegian men. As the years went by, people of all nationalities joined the club and crowds from Chicago and the suburbs traveled to revel in the ski jumping. This year was the first year that the event had to be postponed due to lack of snow. Competitors for the event come from throughout the US and a few different countries.

Crowd at Norge Ski Jump.
Some of the revelers.
Before the competition began, we could already feel the exhilaration in the crowd! Kids enjoying the snow, jubilant chatter, bells ringing, Norwegian flags and more helped spread the excitement. As each skier readied, the audience paused in anticipation. The jumps were graceful and beautiful to watch.

Ski jumper landing at the Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove, IL
Ski jumper landing.
The event was not only unique about provided a delightful family afternoon. We had a nice day in the fresh air while enjoying a beautiful sport! The Junior National Championships will be held March 2-4, 2017 at Norge if you are interested in checking the fun out!

Tips:
  • Bring chairs and blankets
  • Bring snacks & drinks for tailgating before
  • Purchase buttons in advance at local retailers for a discount
  • Make sure you stay hydrated. Even in winter dehydration can be an issue.
  • Food and drinks are available for purchase.
  • Have fun!
**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.





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