Brighton Ski Jumps – Brighton

The Brighton Area Historical Society has a page devoted to the Hall brothers and Brighton’s ski jumps. It relates the story of Henry Hall, born in Ishpeming in 1893, who began his jumping there and went on to win the World Amateur Championship in 1913, the National American Championship in 1914, and the National Professional Championship in 1916, all in Minnesota. He set the world record with a jump of 203′ in 1917 in Steamboat Springs, CO.

In the 1920’s, Hall and his 5 brothers lived in Detroit. They formed the Detroit Ski Club and in 1929 purchased land on a sand hill 1 mi. northeast of Brighton just off Flint Rd. which was M-23 at the time. In 1935, the Michigan State Ski Club was formed and started building a jump at the site. The steel-framed jump was 130′ high, the tallest in the nation at that time. The hill was 300′ long with a 100′ drop. They also planned to build a 50′ jump and a 300′ toboggan slide. (Obviously, from the picture below, they did construct the 50′ jump.)

Contests at the new jump were scheduled for February, 1936. The first two were canceled because of snow and weather problems. In the third contest Henry Hall had a terrible fall at the end of the run-out, fracturing his hip and sustaining other injuries. He would have been 42 years old. He spent weeks in hospital and was not expected to walk again. He never jumped in competition again but continued jumping until the 1972 and x-c skiing until 1982. He died in 1986, which would have made him 93 years old. Six years after his accident at Brighton, he and his brother Clarence made a tandem jump at the Rochester hill to a great cheer form the crowd.

In 1937, the Brighton jumps were sold to the Detroit Winter Sports Club to be dismantled and reconstructed at their Rochester site (Bloomer Park). The jumping area in Brighton is now the Old Dominion housing development.

The picture below is from http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/skiresorts.aspx:

Ski Jumps at Brighton, Michigan

Ski Jumps at Brighton, Michigan

4 Responses to Brighton Ski Jumps – Brighton

  1. Susan Jarvis says:

    My dad Jack Jarvis of Brighton would go to these competitions…he just watched

  2. The Brighton ski jump was built by the Hall brothers, originally from Ishpeming, who formed the Detroit Ski Club and built the 130 foot high ski jump, the highest in the world, in 1934. The inaugural meet in 1935 would have Ted Zoberski of Ironwood, MI set a world distance record of 201 feet off an artificial slide.

  3. Susan Brown Johnson says:

    My Dad, Walter Brown was one of the Rochester Boys and jumped there many times!

  4. Terry Edwards says:

    Steamboat Springs, CO celebrated their big anniversary by locating medalists of major competitions of the past and bringing them to SS for the celebration. As the ski writer for the Free Press in 1958 I tracked down Henry Hall and his brother, Clarence. They had worked for Ford Motor for many years
    and when I proposed to the Metropolitan Detroit Ski Council that we sponsor these two men the Ford Ski Club was quick to volunteer. The MDSC raised enough money to send them to SS by air which was their first flight. Henry brought his jumping skis and managed to make a jump on a training jump. They wouldn’t let him jump on the Holmenkollen where he had set the jump record.

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