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Carl Howelsen - Steamboat Springs, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 40° 29.128 W 106° 50.012
13T E 344599 N 4483256
Quick Description: Carl Howelsen was critical in the development of the ski industry in Steamboat Springs and the overall United States.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 10/8/2013 8:39:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMJ7Y2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Miles ToGeo
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Long Description:
This life-size statue of Carl Howelsen (Karl Hovelsen) is found on the main street of Steamboat Springs. The location of the statue is near the original ski hill Howelsen used to introduce people to the sport of ski jumping. Carl is depicted in ski attire of the early 1900s holding a pair of jumping skis. The plinth is round concrete cylinder with a plaque that reads:

1877 - 1955


After emigrating to the United States, the "Flying Norseman" thrilled spectators with "ski sailing" in the Barnum and Baily Circus. Among his accomplishments, the Norwegian stonemason was instrumental in introducing ski jumping and recreational skiing to Colorado. In 1913, he settled on a ranch in Steamboat Springs and built the first ski jump on Howelsen Hill where he set ski jumping records and started the tradition of Winter Carnival. In 1914, he organized the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club which has served as the training program for many of the town's Olympic athletes. For his numerous contributions, Carl Howelsen was named to the National and Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.

Barbara Bouquet Robison

"He was born in Kristiania, but was a member of Bærums SK. He won the Nordic combined at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1903. Hovelsen also won the 50 km cross country skiing events both in 1902 and 1903. Hovelsen earned the Holmenkollen medal in 1903 for his victories in the 50 km and Nordic combined events that year.

In 1905 Hovelsen emigrated to the United States and settled in Colorado, where he became known as Carl Howelsen. He held training in cross-country technique and ski jumping. He was picked up by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and made appearances which was presented as "Ski sailing" and "The Sky Rocket."

In 1914 he built a ski jump in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He showed locals that ski jumping was an exciting new sport. The Flying Norseman, as he was called, built a jump and hurled himself, skis and all, more than 100 feet off the jump. Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs maintains the 30, 50-, 70-, and 90-meter jumps used by Steamboat's future Olympians as a training site. Howelsen also organized the first Winter Carnival in 1914 as a way of introducing competitive skiing and a celebration of winter.

He is rated as one of the pioneers of skiing in America. In 1922 he returned to Norway to see his elderly parents, during the visit he met his future wife and lived in Norway until his death in 1955. Carl Howelsen was entered into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1977.

A book-length biography, "The Flying Norseman," was written by his son Leif Hovelsen and published in 1983 by the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame." (from (visit link) )

Photographs of Carl Howelsen and early skiers may be found at (visit link) . Nearby Howelsen Hill is still in operation and many Olympic ski jumpers train on this hill.

(visit link) for highlights of the 100th Anniversary of the Winter Carnival Howelsen created. (visit link) is the website of the very active Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
Group or Groups Responsible for Placement:
Tread of Pioneers (Steamboat Springs Historic Society)

County or City: Steamboat Springs

Date Dedicated: 2008

Check here for Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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