Innsbruck, Austria hosted the 1976 Winter Olympics and still maintains the Bergisel Olympic ski jump. This lovely town at the foot of the Austrian Alps provides a picturesque place for skiers and visitors alike to thrill to the steep downhill ski events. In deciding to keep the ski jump that’s built into the forested hills above Innsbruck, officials called for construction of a platform and enclosed viewing building so everyone could marvel at the scenes from the top. We’ve all just enjoyed the 2018 Olympics, so it’s a good time to get a close-up look at a historic Olympic ski jump.
Here’s the dizzying view looking straight down the ski jump from the top. The first ski jump here, built in 1927, was a simple wooden platform from which brave skiers (aka “daredevils”) flew through the air. The latest version is a state-of-the-art platform. During the winter, it is covered with 30 cm of packed snow. Get this: Within 4 seconds of launching off here, a skier reaches speeds of more than 90 km an hour!
And the views down into town and across to the Alps are spectacular.
If the weather cooperates, you can see for miles around from outside. Even on a pleasant day it was windy, though. I’m sure many visitors take advantage of the indoor viewing.
The original stadium is still intact and different events are held here in the different seasons. In the summer, water is run down the track for lubrication. This Olympic ski jump is also used for training and competitions year-round.
Tickets to the Bergisel SKY tower are 9.50 Euros for adults, with a variety of group and season tickets. You can enjoy a meal or snacks at the restaurant at the top. Check the Bergisel Olympic ski jump official website before you go so you can plan around closures due to events or weather.
If you are near Innsbruck, you’ll want to make your way to this spectacular, historical ski jump!
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