Monday, April 16, 2012

Ski Jumping at Berkeley Lab Site


Chu Road at Berkeley Lab is steep and the horseshoe curve is tight, but imagine taking it at 60 miles-an-hour after soaring off an 85-foot high ski jump near what is now the Lab’s main bus stop. In January of 1935, when Lawrence’s lab was going strong on the UC Berkeley campus but hadn’t yet moved to its current location on the hill, a band of intrepid skiers trucked in six boxcars of snow to help promote skiing in the Sierra. Alyse Jacobson of the the Lab's Materials Sciences Division found a video that proved an old story her husband, Tom Mikkelsen, had heard from his father and uncle, Halvor and Roy, the star jumpers. 

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