Community Event Background

Steamboat Springs, Colorado is home to more Olympian snow sports medal winners in the United States than any other ski town, so it’s no surprise that Olympian Todd Wilson calls Steamboat home while also serving as the Director of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Skiing for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC).

Snow Ski Jumping competitions are gaining popularity around ski towns throughout America.  Todd is responsible for training around 60 ski jumpers each season, as part of the 1,000+ kids who attend SSWSC gatherings and events. This inspiring community event had 40 people show up to support the kids, who were participating in the Larry Johnston Memorial Junior National Qualifier #1 at Howelson Hill Ski Area.

Todd is an incredibly humble man who enjoys training young future athletes, just as his mentors growing up helped to train him in preparation for the Olympics. Todd’s interview will help you understand more about why this selfless athlete helps his community throughout Colorado and the rest of America.

Peak Experience

The peak experience for this community event was watching young athletes perform extended snow ski jumping routines, as they sought to master the snow ski jump take off, aerodynamic posture for increased airtime, and subsequent landing.  The peak experience was enhanced through improvements to presentation, such as colorful uniforms, background music and verbal announcements, which included mentions of athlete names, race times, distances and scores.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Ski Jumping

What kind of people attended this snow ski jump competition community event?

There are two types of people at this event:

  1. Participants (Young Skier Athletes)
  2. Spectators (Information Seekers)

Participants at this community event included winter snow sports athletes, as intermediate and experienced winter ski jump competitors as well as nordic track combined skiers.

Spectators at this community event included parents of the young athletes as well as curious townspeople who were interested in watching the ski jump competitions.

Why would someone want to attend a snow ski jumping competition community event?

Attendees at this snow ski jump competition community event were attending to either qualify for future competitive athletic events in ski jumping or nordic combined skiing, or they were attending to watch and appreciate the skills of the various skiers exhibiting their snow ski jumping skills. Many of the people attending were not competitive ski jump athletes but did share an enjoyment for winter snow sports and were casual skiers themselves.

What is a ski jumping competition?

Snow Ski Jump Competitions are a form of winter athletic sport first contested in Norway in the 19th century, debuting at the Winter Olympics in 1924.  According to Wikipedia, the ski jumping venue consists of the jumping ramp (in-run), take-off table, and a landing hill. Each jump is evaluated according to the distance traveled and the style performed. The distance score is related to the construction point (also known as the K-point), which is a line drawn in the landing area and serves as a “target” for the competitors to reach. The score of each judge evaluating the style can reach a maximum of 20 points.

During the competition, five judges are stationed in a tower to the side of the expected landing point. They each award up to 20 points for jumping style, based on keeping the skis steady during flight, balance, optimal body position, and landing. The highest and lowest style scores are disregarded, with the remaining three scores added to the distance score.

More details on snow ski jumping (Wikipedia):

Ski Jumping Event Notes

Daily Inspiring Community Event (DICE) – Episode 014 [DICE 20170114]
Filmed at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.
Featuring Frost Fassett, Inspiration Evangelist

In attendance: 40 Guests, 60+ Ski Jump Competitors from the 1,000 kids in the SSWSC programs.
Peak Experience Anticipation: Cross Country Skiing Info / Observation
Peak Experience Actual: Saw a ski jumping competition
Organized by Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC)
Unique History: Howelsen Hill Ski Area has sent more skiers to international competition than any other area in North America. Howelsen has been the training ground for more than 79 Olympians making over 130 Winter Olympic appearances, 15 members of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, and 6 members of the National Ski Hall of fame. Howelsen Hill is open to the public and is owned and operated by the City of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreation Department.
Unique People: Olympian Todd Wilson, Director of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Skiing (SSWSC)
Navigation Hinderances: Ski area was clearly marked
Initial User Experience Design (UXD) Issues for Visitors / Guests: Icy roads; parking lot was not well cleared and was dangerous to transit.
Amenities: None seen; “Magic carpet” helped transport visitors to the top where coaches were present with competitors.
Bathroom: No directions or signs were visible to a bathroom, water or other items.
Security: None Present
CPR (Celebrities, Politicians, Reporters): Local Olympic Celebrity Athletes were present.
Family Friendly: Yes.

Music by Daniel Gunnarsson and Myra Granberg
Jacket by Marmot
Shirt by Under Armour
Pants by Lululemon
Memory Foam Boots by Crevo