Dare to Take a Leap
Coached by the Pros
Ski jumping: a show of discipline, par excellence. Whether it’s in the Nordic combined, opening a cross-country skiing event, or as a standalone event, ski jumping is a demonstration of high technical ability, great physical power… and thrills. At first it may be hard to imagine yourself in the boots of those flying skiers, yet it is possible to take your first steps on a ski jump and to progress from there safely in both summer and winter. For the larger jump, quite a few hours of lessons and a superior level of fitness is required, but the vertiginous thrills are present right from the first attempts at the beginners’ jumps. There is, for example, The Les Tuffes hill in Les Rousses and the one at Chaux-Neuve a few miles from Mouthe.
Focus on the Chaux-Neuve Ski Jump
Constructed for the Junior World Championships in 1989, the Haut-Doubs Hill originally only measured 90 metres. In 2011, a serious facelift brought it up to international competition standards. It now measures 117 metres high, but there’s also a new building for the athletes. Meanwhile, improvements to the cross-country stadium and a refrigerated track have made the site a centre for training and competition that hosts the world cup in Nordic combined every winter.