permanent jump and rope tow facilities were not built at this
site until the late 1930's, this site was used for ad-hoc ski
jumps for two decades prior. Articles in 1917 Anchorage
Daily Times mention use of this area for ski jumping:
Mar. 7, 1917: E.
Hansen badly fractured his right leg above the ankle yesterday
afternoon and was taken to the government hospital for
attention. Hansen and a party of associates were practicing
skii jumping off the hill near the water tank at the time of the
accident that was caused by a defective strap breaking when he
landed after taking the offset.
Mar. 8, 1917: With
Young Viking as the prime mover, a bunch of local sports have made
arrangements for another 10 mile skii race Sunday. In
addition to the race a force of men are preparing the skii jumping
slide near the city water tank and a skii jumping contest will be
pulled off prior to the race. Three cash prizes will be
awarded to the winners of each event and a number of contestants
have entered the lists.
Mar. 9, 1917
(Friday): Several bets have been placed on the contestants
in the skii race that is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The race will follow the skii jumping contest that takes place on
the hill near the water tank.
The trestled jump at
this site was constructed in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation
The ski area
was discontinued because the Alaska Native Health Service
hospital was built on the upper part of this ski area.
Recently (~2000) this hospital was razed and now there is a
large empty lot in its place.
Russell Dow, a former Dartmouth College
Army ski troops here. The City Ski Bowl was also the site
of the "Chugach Ski Meet" ski competitions. And
the Anchorage High School downhill ski team trained and raced
here prior to Arctic Valley Ski Area being developed.
There were also some
cross country ski trails in this area. Jim Reekie
mentioned that there were short ski loops near the top of the
City Ski Bowl, and along Ship Creek.