PARK CITY, Utah — Kids from all over the country, from Alaska to New Hampshire, descend upon Park City and the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) each year for the Springer Tournee. From Monday, July 24 to Saturday, July 29, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined athletes, Olympians, mentors, and coaches will train, compete, and mingle throughout the 24th annual Springer Tournee.
Tuesday, July 25, is National Team Mentorship Day, where National Team members and athletes are paired up with younger jumpers for an impactful day of jumping and training.
“Almost all the national team members that are mentoring now were the young guys getting the mentorship,” said Adam Loomis, Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Head Coach for Park City Ski and Snowboard (PCSS). “It’s memorable for the young athletes and cool to see that come full circle.”
In the Springer Tournee spirit, these competitions and events are more relaxed and non-traditional.
“The Springer Tournee is a great way for the kids to start to get to know each other from a pretty young age,” Loomis said.
Competitions begin on Thursday and end with two special events Saturday. Competitors start on the 90-meter hill for a mixed-team event beginning at 8 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 32 athletes will compete on the larger 120-meter hill for a target competition with elimination rounds. Athletes aim to get as close as possible to a specific target.
With a little over 30 ski jumping facilities across the U.S., the Springer Tournee is a fantastic opportunity for teams to get training on Olympic-worthy training grounds.
Join in on the fun from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, at the Utah Olympic Park to watch fantastic feats and jumps by Olympians and kids. The events are free for the public to enjoy. Park City Ski and Snowboard will bring music, food trucks, face painters, and more.
Park City Ski and Snowboard is partnering with Versante to host a kick-back night on Thursday, July 27. From 4-10 p.m., any take-out or dine-in meal purchased from Versante will kick 25% of the proceeds back to PCSS.