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Sublime Sights: Ski Jumping and Nordic America

Apr 17, 2021 - Jul 18, 2021

“To see how an expert ski jumper executes a jump is one of the most sublime sights the earth can offer us.”—Fridtjof Nansen, polar explorer

Organized by the National Nordic Museum and the Washington State Ski & Snowboard Museum, this exhibition examines how early Nordic-Americans connected to their adopted land through the sport of ski jumping. It features ski equipment and memorabilia, photographs, film clips, and oral history interviews to show the sport’s development and demonstrate its cultural significance.

Ski Jumping in Washington State: A Nordic Tradition, written by John W. Lundin with foreword by Eric Nelson, is the accompanying publication to the exhibition. Early Skiing on the Snoqualmie Pass, also by John W. Lundin, is for sale in our Museum Store

Related events: 

  • April 24  |  Ski Jumping in Washington State—a Nordic Tradition (virtual lecture)
  • April 29  |  Ski Jumping Memories: Stories from the Nordic American Voices Oral History Program (virtual lecture
  • May 20 | Meet the Ski Jumping Legends (virtual panel)
  • June 5 | Kids' Craft: Make Your Own Ski Jumper (virtual craft)

Image gallery:

  • Ski jumper Olga Bolstad with trophy won at Mt. Rainier, Washington, 1917. NNM 80.063.002
  • Olav Ulland, Gustav Raaum, Alf Engen, and Kjell Stordalen perform a four-person simultaneous ski jump at Sun Valley, Idaho, December 1948. NNM 1999.060.061
  • Ski jumper at Leavenworth, c. 1946. NNM 1999.020.014

This exhibition is sponsored by Peoples Bank. Thank you to our media sponsor Cascade Public Media.

People's Bank text logo in green

Cascade Public Media logo in London blue with green and white text

An antique photo; a woman looks at her ski jumping trophy
Four skiiers jump against a gray sky while a tower of people look on
A black and white photo of a man ski jumping over an alpine mountain