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Thrill seekers can sled down Howelsen ski jumps starting Sunday

Scott Franz

Connor Elliott screams as he flies down the hill at the Nordic Screamer.

— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club promises that the thrill seekers who go down the newest ride at Howelsen Hill this summer will reach “scream-worthy” speeds.

It’s called the Nordic Screamer, and it lets anyone who has ever dreamed of sledding down the out runs of the city’s ski jumps do just that.

The fun starts Sunday afternoon.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host a demonstration of the new ride at 1 p.m. Saturday during the ski jumping competitions at Howelsen.

“It is quite a rush,” Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Director Jim Boyne said as talked about his test run of the Screamer. “I felt like I had to do it myself.”

Riders take a magic carpet ride up the hill and then ride down on a plastic sled.

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The ride opens to the public 11 a.m. Sunday and will run until 6 p.m.

Ten bucks will get you a ride down the out run of the 45 meter jump.

If that isn’t enough of a thrill, you can pay $20 to ride a sled down the 75 meter jump.

The jumps will be irrigated with water.

Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Winter Sports Club and its athletes.

The Nordic Screamer will open the day before the city plans to begin repairing a vital piece of another ride on Howelsen that has been closed because of landslide damage.

Crews will begin repairing the chairlift towers that must be fixed before the Alpine Slide can reopen.

Boyne said the Sports Club hopes to have the Alpine Slide reopened by early August.

Sports Club officials say they are excited to have the Screamer come online to get more people to enjoy the city’s most diverse and historic park this summer.

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