Bryan Sanders, Executive Director, Friends of American Ski Jumping, presented information on the proposed Olympic ski jump to be constructed in Frontenac. Baldy at Dakota Park is currently in the fundraising phase and hopes to break ground in Spring 2017.
Build a 120 meter (12 story) Olympic sized large hill ski jump at the Mt. Frontenac Golf Course in Florence Township.
- The Ski Jump will be designed to represent a Bald Eagle’s head, in honor of the Native Americans of this area, and is called Baldy which is the name of the old run that was in operation from the 1970s to 2000
- Baldy will be the third ski jump in a progression available in this area for those who enter the sport of ski jumping – the first jump of 50 meters is at the St. Paul Ski club; the second jump of 77 meters at the Minneapolis Ski Club
- The ski jump will have an elevator to the top with views of the Mississippi River – tickets will be sold and rentable space with seating for approximately 100 will be available
- The Prairie Island Tribe is working with Friends of American Ski Jumping on a land agreement Players
- Friends of American Ski Jumping (FOASJ) – Bryan Sanders, Executive Director
- American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum –www.americanskijumping.com run by FOASJ
- Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission – State agency whose mission is to promote organized sports and bring people to the outdoors – supports the ski jump
- Sudee Engineering contractor
- Architect David Solner (owner of Buckhill Area Ski in Burnsville) Goals
- Host Olympic ski jumping trials in Frontenac, MN starting in 2018
- Host other ski jumping events such as USA Cup, World Cup and Summer Grand Prix
- Provide free learn-to-ski programs to area youth
- Additional amenities to be developed by the Prairie Island Tribe over time. Possibilities include:
- zip lines
- summer tubing on the summer surface
- vertical mountain biking
- Frisbee golf
- concert venue
- inner tubing on artificial grass.
- Ski jump will include snack bar and space to cater events
Potential Economic Impact
- Based on an economic analysis of ski jump venues in Lake Placid, NY, Eau Claire, WI and Iron Mountain, MI, Park City, UT , bring an annual economic benefit of $5 6 mm within a 60 mile radius of the project on anticipated the $2 mm investment .
- With one winter and one summer event, bring more than 12,500 overnight visitors to the area annually
- Bring 75,000 to 100,000 visitors to the area around other events and basic tourism (e.g. ride the elevator, chair lift etc.)
- More than 1.2 million raised to date including commitments from Red Wing Area Fund and other local partners
- Friends of American Ski Jumping is putting together a campaign steering committee to reach out to area communities and organize fundraising activities to raise an additional $1.9 mm for a total of $3 mm to kick start the project
- Snow Angel Legislation will be re-introduced in the 2017 Minnesota legislative session, with a request for $2 million for Baldy, in addition to support for other ski sport development projects. This funding would be additive to the total community fundraising goal of $3 million.