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Birch Hill Ski Jump

Mid 1930's

Name of Ski Area: Birch Hill Ski Jump
Location: Birch Hill, northeast of Fairbanks
Type of Area: Ski Jump
Dates of Operation: Mid 1930's (still researching)
Who Built It?: Unknown

Low: ~400' / High: ~600'

Facilities: Ski lodge nearby.
Miscellaneous: A ski jump at Birch Hill is mentioned in the book: "City History Series - Fairbanks", by Dermot Cole (page 93).

Also - on the State of Alaska Visual Library and Digital Archives web site there is a 1935-36 video by Robert and Marion Hall of ski jumping at Birch Hill.

Sources of Information:

Robert and Marion Hall video; Dave Brann

Photos: Does anyone have pictures of jumping at Birch Hill that they would like to contribute to ALSAP ?

~  Photos  ~

Robert and Marion Hall 1935-36 Film of Jumping at Birch Hill

Film can be seen at: http://vilda.alaska.edu/cdmg11/image/2635.mov

Click on the above text or image to access the VILDA web page that will allow you to access and play the film.  You will need the Quicktime video viewing program to watch this short film.  Below are excerpt frames from this old film.

[Photo credits: Alaska Film Archives, University of Alaska]

Strapping on the wings. "I can feel it!  Today the jumps will be HUGE!" Liftoff ! Uh oh ...

Yardsale ! Headfirst towards the trees! Only bruise is to the ego. Time to dust snow off the butt and give it another try.


After conquering the Birch Hill Ski Jump, skiers could relax at the Birch Hill ski cabin.  This mid-1930s shot is on page 91 of "City History Series - Fairbanks", by Dermot Cole.

[Photo Credit: Evolyn Melville]

~  Maps and Aerial Views  ~

This topo map view shows the location of Birch Hill relative to the City of Fairbanks (click on the image to enlarge it).

This zoomed in topo map shows a section of Birch Hill.  This map will be updated when an estimated location of the Birch Hill Jump is determined.  Presently we are still researching the location. (Click on the image to enlarge it)

Research Correspondence 

Do you have further information, stories or pictures that you would like to contribute about this ski area?