Sunday 29 July 2018

Bergisel Olympic Ski Jump, Innsbruck, Austria.

The current ski jump building was designed by Zaha Hadid and completed in 2002. Zaha is a British Iraqi architect and she also designed the Opus Building in Dubai, that I featured earlier this year. The tower stands at 47ms tall.

A couple of weeks I go I also showed you around the Ski Dome in Dubai If you think that was big, wait till you see this weeks My Sunday Photo.

The first ski jump was erected here in 1925 and in 1964 and 1976 it was the venue of the Winter Olympic games.

Skiers use the same elevator to reach the tower which is at a height of 250ms and is reached within 2 minutes. I opted to walk back to the bottom.

The inrun which is 98ms long, with an incline of 35 degrees has a plastic track, in summer the jump and slope is lubricated with water, in winter it is packed with 30cms of snow.

Jumping skis measure 3ms and within 4 seconds the jumper reaches speeds of 90km/h.

The longest jump at Innsbruck was recorded at 138ms  in 2015. The world record ski jump is 253.5ms recorded in 2017 in Vikersund, Norway.

The views from the tower are spectacular and if you look closely enough you'll see there's a cemetery right at the end of the landing zone.


If you're interested in seeing some of the other construction, building projects and life in other countries then click on the links below:

Week 158 Dubai Bluewater Islands and Dubai Eye. Man made island a 210m high Big Wheel
Week 159 Dubai Dubai Marina - Reflections
Week 160 Dubai Dubai Frame. A window between the Old and New Dubai and a 150m high glass floor.
Week 161 Dubai Dubai Marina 3 years apart.
Week 163 Dubai New Metro Line for Expo 2020
Week 164 Arizona and Nevada Hoover Dam 2002 - 2010
Week 165 Dubai Dubai Opera House What a difference a year makes
Week 166 Dubai Unfinished buildings. The Pentominium
Week 167 Coventry Mixing the old and the new. Coventry Catherdral
Week 168 Dubai New Dubai Metro Station 
Week 169 Dubai The new extension of the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa 
Week 170 Dubai Hotel fire After the Address fire 
Week 171 Dubai Unusual designs The Opus Building
Week 172 Dubai District Cooling. Keeping the desert cool.
Week 173 Dubai Can I visit the Burj Al Arab
Week 174 Dubai The Almas Tower
Week 175 Dubai The Cayan Tower
Week 176 Toronto The CN Tower
Week 177 Nevada The Paris Hotel 
Week 178 Dubai Ibn Battuta Gate
Week 179 A Wedding
Week 180 Dubai The World's Tallest Tower
Week 181 Dubai and Wales Al Fahidi Fort and Chepstow Castle 
Week 182 Dubai New Metro Station in Al Furjan 
Week 183 Dubai Cleaning the windows on the world's tallest building
Week 184 Dubai Ski Dubai
Week 185 Another Wedding
Week 186 South Africa Life in a township


  1. You really get a feel for the true height of it from your photos.

    1. it actually looked a lot steeper in real life

  2. Austria is a wonderful country to visit, we loved it there.

    I'm not sure I fancy going down that.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    1. I would love to explore more of Bavaria, so pretty

  3. Oh my goodness, that's incredible! I feel quite dizzy looking at the photos!

  4. Oh my! I would be terrified stuck at the top of there. The cemetery just serves as a reminder of what could happen. eeek! Fabulous photos though, you really get a feel for the place. It does look weird without snow though.

    1. I did have a few wobbles when I walked back down, there was no way i could've made the jump

  5. That is insane. Just looking at these pictures makes me queasy. One of those action sports, like parachuting, that I'd say I wanted to do and then see some thing like THAT jump and say "no, actually, I don't want to do this". A very eye opening post! #mysundayphoto

  6. I'm not a skier so I find that jump quite intimidating

  7. Oh wow! You wouldn't get me up there. I felt dizzy just looking at the photos.
    What amazing views though x

    1. going up wasn't too bad, it was coming back down that i got dizzy

  8. Hi Suzanne, that is some ski slope and please tell me the cemetary isn't full of failed jumpers? That feeling when a jump goes wrong at those speeds doesn't bear thinking about. I don't blame you for wantign to walk down!


    1. from the top it does look like the cemetery and ski jump do line up