Steamboat's Tim Magill wins Gelande event

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— Given his choice of reaching terminal velocity or flying more than 300 feet on Alpine skills, Tim Magill doesn’t take long to respond.

“I’ll take the 300-foot ride,” Magill said. “It’s the lightest, deepest Champagne Powder there is.”

Magill’s love for all things Alpine skiing is well known. He’s done speed skiing and Gelande jumping at the highest level for years.

On Sunday, he did what he could to advance the sport farther east. Magill won the Alpine Ski Jumping Eastern Championship in Salisbury, Conn. In the target jumping competition, Magill beat former Steamboat Springs resident Marsh Gooding in a tiebreaker.

Each jumper took four jumps, with the skier landing closest to a designated spot the winner.

Magill hit the target of 60 meters and beat Gooding on the fourth tiebreaker.

Steamboat’s Pat Arnone also competed.

“I’ll possess the cup for one year,” Magill said. “I’ll be going back next year to give it away. Or keep it.”

The event was the first in the Alpine Ski Jumping Series. The second one is the Feb. 11 and 12 event at the 99th annual Winter Carnival in Steamboat.

Magill encouraged people to come watch the Pro Alpine Ski Flying event. There, Magill said, spectators would see some of the top Gelande jumpers in the country, as well as a potential world-record jump.

The Pro Alpine Ski Flying event begins with qualifications at 1 p.m. Feb. 11. The actual competition begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 12. For more information, call Arnone at 970-879-8141.

Magill also encouraged anyone interested in ski jumping to come to Howelsen Hill on Wednesdays, when he helps host recreational jumping.

From 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday, Magill said anyone can try Alpine ski jumping as long as they have skis and a helmet. The cost is $10 plus the price of a lift ticket.

“We’re trying to help establish the sport of ski jumping,” Magill said. “We want to promote the sport of ski jumping.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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