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Copper Peak Ski-Flying Slide (Chippewa Hill)

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Chippewa Hill
1970, Lauren A. Larsen, engineer. Black River Rd. (Gogebic County 513), Ottawa National Forest, 10 miles north of Bessemer

The Gogebic Range Ski Corporation erected this giant ski slide on Chippewa Hill with federal funds to alleviate economic distress. At construction, it was one of five such slides in the world; the others were in West Germany, Norway, Austria, and Yugoslavia. From this 282-foot-high and 469-foot-long Cor-Ten steel structure, ski fliers (jumpers) achieve speeds of 65 to 75 miles per hour before reaching the takeoff, more than 600 feet above the ground. An 810-foot-long chairlift carries them from the base of the hill to the base of the tower, and an elevator in the tower takes them to the top. Chippewa Hill is the site of the discovery of a rich copper vein reported in 1846.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Copper Peak Ski-Flying Slide (Chippewa Hill)", [Ironwood, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-GB8.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 529-529.

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