Howelsen Hill Park
Downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Howelsen Hill was first established in 1915, when Carl Howelsen, “The Flying Norseman,” built the first permanent ski jumping take-off on the hill. The site was chosen for its excellent orientation, pitch and length. Howelsen Hill has since become the site of numerous competitions including World Cup and National meets.
Over the past 30 years, we have designed a variety of projects for the historic Howelsen Hill Park in Steamboat. In 1973, we completed a master plan for this 160-acre park that included renovation of the existing ski jumping facilities as well as new recreational facilities, including a multi-use stadium, baseball fields, tennis courts, and a rodeo arena. In 1974, we designed a judges’ tower for the HS127 and HS100 Ski Jumps for the World Cup Ski Jumping and other competitions. Since then, we worked on a variety of repairs and modifications to the ski jumps, including in-run lighting, coaches stands, and start structures.
In 2003 we began improvements on the HS75 jump, converting it to a plastic surface that would allow it to be used in summer. This gave local athletes the opportunity for year-round training, and has also become integrated into the town’s summer spectacles. Because of the success of these improvements, in 2011 we helped design a similar upgrade to the adjacent HS45 jump, giving even young athlete a lear-yround jumping venue.