Ski Jumping on snow – Falun is first in the world
This weekend Ski Jumping premiere will be held in the Normal Hill on Lugnet Venue. Falun can as the only venue in the world offer Ski Jumping possibilities on snow.
– This is a part of our strategy of saving snow. We enable early ski possibilities and can give the residents of Falun the possibility to go Cross-Country skiing early in the season. In addition, we aim to offer early snow premiere for Ski Jumping as well to strengthen the image of Falun as an event and winter city, says Tomas Jons, head of Sports Falu Municipality.
The municipality of Falun has been saving snow from the previous season for some years now. This to have the possibility to offer early snow premiere, both for Cross-Country skiers and Ski Jumping athletes. The long-term work is based on the fact that both the early cross-country skiing and the early Ski Jumping are self-financing; Cross-Country skiing through ski passes and Ski Jumping through rental costs.
– This is a way to offer Ski Jumping possibilities in November before the season starts for real. Several of the big Ski Jumping nations visit Sweden to practice in the unique inclined wind tunnel in Bromma. The possibility to combine this with early jumping on snow is very attractive for the big Ski Jumping nations, says Tomas Jons.
This weekend a Norway´s cup organized by the local Ski Jumping club Holmens IF will take place. Norway´s cup is a national event with mostly Norwegian Ski Jumpers but also international participants. Unfortunately, the Falun 2027 ambassador Frida Westman will not participate due to a knee injury.
The weeks to come there will be a lot of activity at the Normal Hill at Lugnet Venue since a lot of nations will be in Falun to practice; Japan, Norway, Germany and USA to mention some.
– We opened the Cross-Country tracks on the 29th of October and there was a possibility for us to offer even earlier Ski Jumping premiere. But it is now we see the big interest from the Ski Jumping world and we are happy to welcome them to Lugnet, says Tomas Jons.
The Ski Jumping World Cup premiere was held on plastic in Wisla, Poland, two weeks ago, and the next event will be held in Ruka, Finland the last weekend of November. Between the two events many nations chose to practice in Falun
The two jumping hills on Lugnet will have new certificates soon.
– We have to renew the certificates regularly. A certification is mostly about the security, to control the venue and approve it for jumping, says Tomas Jons.