Skiers first flew off the Yumper jump at Mt. Hood Skibowl in 1928 to see how far they could fly. This weekend, skiers have a chance to take a flying leap for distance off a rebuilt jump to raise money for the Cascade Ski Club in Government Camp.

A ski jump is constructed annually for the Oregon 4-Way Challenge on the site of the historic jump hill on Yumper slope at Skibowl East. The Feb. 11 event, which draws 200 skiers ages 6-13, is the largest and oldest youth ski competition on Mt. Hood. It is now in its 43rd consecutive year.

The ski jump will remain up and get regroomed for the open Come Fly with Us Feb. 12. The distance-jumping event, scheduled 3 to 5 p.m., raises money for the Cascade Ski Club. All of the proceeds from entry fees go to support the club.

Prepping the steep Yumper slope at Skibowl East adjacent to Multopor Lodge for the event requires several hours with a winch cat. Crews then must move snow into place, compress it, fill in transition areas, and create an outrun area for smooth landings. Cascade Ski Club members will staff the site for the open jump.

The first 30 people to register on site can enter the open jump competition. Entry costs $20. The average distance traveled by jumpers in the last open competition in 2009 was 40 feet with the winning ump at 72 feet.

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