Steamboat Springs The sun will set on the local ski jumping season this weekend as Howelsen Hill hosts its last major event of the year.
Jumping coach Todd Wilson said the Western Regional Championships that will run today and Saturday were planned to happen just prior to the National Championships, which will take place in Park City, Utah.
"We are hoping that some of the athletes who are headed to Utah will stop by and compete before moving on to the nationals," Wilson said.
The championships will open at 7 p.m. with jumpers soaring off of the K-18, K-25 and K-38. Events take place back-to-back until they are completed.
Events will continue early Saturday morning. Wilson said events are scheduled to begin at 7 a.m., but if temperatures remain cold, the organizers might push the start back until 8 a.m.
"We are jumping in spring conditions," Wilson said. "So we need to compete when things are a little bit cooler."
Events on Saturday will include the K-114, the K-90 and the K-60. The event will also feature a nordic combined event the cross-country portion will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Wilson expects a top field for the events with competitors of all ages coming from Park City, Steamboat and Winter Park. He said he also expects the American nordic combined skiers to compete because their season ended last week. Wilson said he thinks those skiers may be looking for one more event before the U.S. Chevy Truck Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships, which are scheduled for March 23-25 at Park City.
Four longest standing jump awards will also be handed out over the weekend. The athlete jumping the farthest off the K-18 will take home the Crawford Cup, and the athlete recording the longest jump on the K-25 will earn the Wren Cup. The longest jumper on the K-38 hill will win the Kinney Cup, and the athlete flying the farthest off the K-60 will win the Severson Cup.