Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Arctic Caterwauling

From third to seventh grade, I lived in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on a farm from which we could see Copper Peak, the only ski-flying hill in North America. Ski flying is like ski jumping, only the distances are much, much longer. (YouTube has a good clip of Bjørn Einar Romøren of Norway setting the ski-flying record at Planica, Slovenia, in 2005: he just goes and goes and goes...)

Anyhow, nobody's flown at Copper Peak for years, so, the U.P. being the U.P., snowmobilers are using the very long and steep hill on which the jump for hill-climb competitions. Which is fine, unless your sled doesn't make it to the top, and gravity takes over. Be sure to watch with your sound on, so you can hear the crowd.

(Thanks, Dad!)