Wednesday Night Jump Series set to begin at Howelsen Hill |

Wednesday Night Jump Series set to begin at Howelsen Hill

Luke Graham

— For years, the Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series has introduced a sport to new generations of skiers.

This year's four-event series begins Wednesday and is free to athletes 13 and younger.

"For me, it's a quintessential event for Steamboat," organizer Terin Petersen said. "It's one of those things that is a signature event in Steamboat. How cool is it that you can come here and learn how to ski jump?"

The event begins at 6 p.m. on the small ski jumps at Howelsen Hill. The competition takes place on the HS20, HS28 and HS42 jumps.

It's open to anyone interested. Those who aren't members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will need to sign a release.

"It's one of the coolest events we do in Steamboat, especially since it's free," Petersen said.

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Training is from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Registration is from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Competition begins at 6 p.m. There will be awards for the top three finishers in each age and gender category and for the top Nordic and Alpine finishers.

Petersen said the competition is for athletes of varying abilities. She said there are coaches available to help new jumpers.

"It's just a cool night," she said.

The other dates for the series are Jan. 25, Feb. 15 and March 14.

The series is sponsored by Nordic Excavating and owner Rick Mewborn. Those with questions can call Petersen at 970-846-5429 or the Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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