Ishpeming Ski Club
There is no organization that can leverage a few dollars into more value than the Ishpeming Ski Club. We believe in sweat equity and have been doing it this way for 130 years.
Suicide, carved out of a pine forest, nestled among rocky bluffs, looks forbidding and formidable, as the man-made scaffold peers over the tree tops. The scaffold towers 140 feet towards the sky. Its structure is supported by 4 x 8" I-beams bolted to a 4 to 5 foot cement pilar foundation, 2 x 4" angle irons connecting the massive I-beams, and 4 x 8" x 2.7 meter I-beams, with Douglas fir flooring, and particle board sideboards, stretching a length of 90 kilometers. Its scaffold can be seen towering over the tops of trees at several locations throughout Ishpeming and Negaunee.
Suicide Hill got its name when in 1926 Walter "Huns" Anderson was injured on the hill. Actually, it's one of the best hills in the country. Even Johanna Kolstad says she has only seen one better hill in the country. But the name did stick, and it has turned out to be a fine, competitive, and safe hill.