Marking History: Nansen Ski Jump In Milan

Feb 14, 2014

When it was built in the 1936, the Nansen Ski Jump was the largest steel ski jump east of the Mississippi River.

Located in Milan, just north of the Berlin city line, the jump can still be seen by those driving along Route 16.

And while it’s fallen into disrepair since it was last used in the 1980s, the jump itself is full of history.

It was used for the first Olympic Trials in 1938, and hosted the U.S. Ski Jumping National Championships in 1940, 1957, 1965 and 1972.

As part of our occasional series, Marking History, NHPR’s Michael Brindley visits Milan to learn more about the story behind the Nansen Ski Jump.

Click here for the Wikipedia entry on the Nansen Ski Jump.

And check out these fantastic photos, courtesy of New Hampshire State Parks.

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Two people climb to see the ski jump up close: