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ONLINE: Ski Jumping in Washington State—A Nordic Tradition

April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Introduced by Norwegian immigrants in the twentieth century, at one time ski jumping was Washington’s most popular winter sport. Join ski historian and author John Lundin online as he recreates the excitement of ski jumping’s heyday in Washington State in this virtual lecture. This talk is based on Lundin’s book Ski Jumping in Washington State: A Nordic Tradition, which was published in conjunction with the National Nordic Museum exhibit Sublime Sights: Ski Jumping and Nordic AmericaSublime Sights debuts April 17, 2021.

Ski Jumping began at Spokane’s Browne’s Mountain and Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill, moved to midsummer tournaments on Mount Rainier in 1917, and expanded statewide as new ski clubs formed. Washington tournaments attracted the world’s best jumpers—Birger and Sigurd Ruud, Alf Engen, Sigurd Ulland, and Reidar Andersen among them.

Cost: Free for Members; $5 general admission. RSVP here.

John Lundin standing on a ski slope with snowy mountains in the backgroundAbout the author:
John Lundin is a Seattle lawyer, a lifelong skier, and has written extensively on early skiing. His books include Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Falls (2017). He is one of the founders of the Washington State Ski & Snowboard Museum (WSSSM) which opened on Snoqualmie Pass in October 2015 and is a member of its board of directors.

John grew up in Seattle and spent his professional career practicing law, initially in Washington D.C. and then in Seattle. He was a lawyer in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, a trial lawyer for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and in private practice for many years specializing in trial work and criminal defense in federal court. He received the highest ratings from his peer group and was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the best regional law firms in criminal defense, general and white collar. John also has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, worked in the areas of land use and environmental law, served on boards of non-profit corporations, and was the long-time legal counsel for the Seattle Audubon Society.


April 24
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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National Nordic Museum
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