Copper Peak is the largest artificial ski jump in the world. The 35 degree, 469 foot, cantilevered inrun was constructed using 300 tons of COR-TEN steel in 1969 at a cost of just over $1 million.
Other facts about the Copper Peak:
- The upper observation platform is 1782 feet above sea level and 1180 feet above Lake Superior.
- The platform provides the highest, unobstructed, 360 degree vista in the Midwest, overlooking nearly 40 miles in every direction.
- The 810-foot chairlift rises 365 fee to the crest of the hill.
- The 18-story elevator ride takes about 55 seconds.
- The structure is designed to withstand winds in excess of 190 mph.
- In a brisk wind, the top of Copper Peak has been observed to sway as much as 18 inches, by design.
- During construction, a 104-pound piece of native copper was unearthed.
- The first international ski flying competition was held at Copper Peak in February and March of 1970.