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Mt. Washington ski jump ready for first competition after years of preparation

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SKI JUMP

EAU CLAIRE (WQOW)- It took years of planning and building, but the new Mt. Washington ski jump is set to be showcased for the first time this weekend.

The Flying Eagles Invitational begins Saturday at Mt. Washington, where junior ski jumpers will get the chance to test the new 55-meter jump towering over Eau Claire's west side.

The $1 million-plus project has been ongoing for three years, and tens of thousands of volunteers hours have been put into creating the state-of-the-art jump.

One of the organizers says the jump's addition could turn the complex into one of the top facilities in the nation.

"We have high expectations that it's going to be an amazing jump," said Dan Mattoon of the Flying Eagles Ski Club. "In my opinion, and I've been around the world for ski jumping, this complex here in Eau Claire, Wisconsin is going to be number one rated for smaller ski jumps in the whole country."

Crews say the jump will be safe and ready for the weekend competition, but finishing touches will be added in the spring. Crews have also been making snow, grooming hills and prepping the smaller jumps for the invitational.

The event will be livestreamed this year, and you can tune in here.

Evan Hong

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