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Ski Jumping

What is Ski Jumping?

Ski jumping is a winter sport in which competitors aim to achieve the longest jump after descending from a specially designed ramp on their skis.  A ski jump begins with the approach, or inrun, which often starts on a scaffold, or tower; the jumper skis down it in a crouched position, accumulating speed (as much as 62 milesper hour) until he reaches the takeoff, where he springs outward and upward.  Along with jump length, competitor's style and other factors affect the final score.

What is Nordic Combined?

Nordic combined is a winter sport in which athletes compete in cross-country skiing and ski jumping

Our Purpose

Every kid dreams about flying through the air.  The PCSS Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined programs make those dreams come true.  Our certified coaches teach skiers how to execute jumps safely while enjoying the thrill and exhilaration of the flight.  We aim to foster love of the sport and provide an environment that offers each athlete the opportunity to pursue excellence in competitive nordic events if desired.

Ski Jumping Programs

Ski Jumping Staff

Alan Alborn

Ski Jumping/ Nordic Combined Program Director

Started skiing at the age of 4 in Alaska, starting ski jumping and Nordic combined at age 9. Moved to Colorado when I was 13 and ski jumped with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. I was asked to join the U.S. Ski Team in 1996 (at the age of 16) and was with the team until 2007. I competed in multiple World Championships from 1999 and on and competed in 3 Olympic Games (1998, 2002, 2006). My best result was 4th in a winter World Cup and 11th in the Olympics. I had the honor of taking and coaching the 1st ever Olympic Women's Ski Jumping team in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Games. More importantly I learned so much about myself, the world, and what I can do to give back after the 10+ years I had the privilege of representing the USA . In conjunction with working with the Nordic club, I have been the Program Director and Head Coach for the Women's Ski Jumping team sense the spring of 2011. I had the honor of taking the 1st ever Olympic Team to Sochi, Russia in the winter of 2014.

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Alan held the American Distance record of 221.5 meters (721ft) set during a ski flying event in Planica, Slovenia in the spring of 2002 until March 2017. When not coaching can be found... helping my wife Guro take care of our 6 boys oldest 10 and youngest a few months old and once in a while you may catch me on my mountain bike enjoying the trails during the summer and winter hopefully skiing with my boys.

Adam Loomis

Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Head Coach

Adam Loomis was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI. After watching the Salt Lake Olympics on TV, he was inspired to try ski jumping at the age of 10. Adam's career on the US Nordic Combined Team included two World Championship births and two National Championship medals. While training and competing, Adam graduated with a Business Administration degree in 2017. Adam recently returned to Utah after a coaching stint in Anchorage, AK. He looks forward to bringing his experience and enthusiasm to PCSS. When he's not working with athletes, expect to find Adam running, skiing, biking or climbing in the mountains.



Started skiing when I was 4. When not coaching can be found: When i am not at the hill I skiing, riding snowmobiles, or my dirt bike.

Trevor Edlund

Ski Jumping Coach

I like to fly fish and ski!



Started alpine skiing at age 2, Extensive background in alpine, cross country, and ski jumping. Competed internationally in FIS Cup and Continental Cup competitions. When not coaching can be found: I can be found alpine skiing or motorcycle snow biking if the snow is good. And if the snow is bad I am dirt biking anywhere I can.

Abby Ringquist

Ski jumping coach

Olympian. Club member since 1996. National team athlete from 2004-2018.

Robert Lock

Ski Jumping Coach

I’ve been ski jumping for 13 years and coaching for four years. I’ve competed at an international level going all over Europe and picking up lots of skills on the way. When I’m not at the hill I’m either at university or something outside.