at Allegany State ParkThis is the site of Allegany State Park's 30-meter and 50-meter ski jumps. The two jumps and the park;s ski slopes at Bova were Depression-era projects constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and New York State's Temporary Emergency Relief Administration. The park's ski facilities were the first in western New York and paved the way for the development of the area's privately operated resorts. Art Roscoe Sr., park forester, and former Olympic skier, Karl Fahrner, were responsible for the construction of the jumps.
Allegany State Park's ski jumps had an international reputation. Made of all natural materials, they were rated among the best in the country. The first jumping meet, sponsored by the Muffalo Ski Club, was held February 24, 1935. An estimated 5,000 spectators attended. Annual tournaments featured cross-country and downhill races, slalom competitions, and jumping meets. Many participants and spectators traveled to Salamanca by train and then by bus from the railway to the park, filling accommodations to overflowing. The last meet was held February 3, 1979.
This map [see photo - submitter], produced by the Inter-State Ski Club shows the ski trails and facilities within Allegany State Park in 1937. The ski club was formed on March 6, 1936, and hosted annual tournaments until 1971. Club members came from 19 different organizations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, and Ontario, Canada as well as New York State.
50-meter jump188 feetSet in 1956 by professional Austrian skier, Franz Elsigan.
50-meter jump (amateur)163 feetSet in 1940 by Paul Ricci, a Niagara University Student.
30-meter jump108 feetSet in 1948 by George Boyer, Jr. of Red House, New York.
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|Date Added||Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 4:29am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 685964 N 4663930|
|Decimal Degrees||42.10543333, -78.75086667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 6.326', W 78° 45.052'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 6' 19.56" N, 78° 45' 3.12" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 250 S Mountain Rd, Salamanca NY 14779, US|
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