You don’t stopp skiing when you get old you get old when you stop skiing poster. Modern ski jumpers compete on jumps of two different sizes: the “normal” hill and the “large” hill. Just what defines “normal” and “large” in terms of distance has steadily evolved over the years. But trust me, when you stand on top of one, there’s nothing at all normal about a “normal” hill.
To the neophyte, they’re all big, tall, and frightening, although the sport, in truth, is not really as dangerous as it looks. Although skiers are flying more than 140 meters (450-plus feet) on the large hills, once they get past that gut-clenching drop from the lip of the jump, they are usually no more than about 10 feet (3 meters) off the ground, thanks to the contours of the landing hill below them. It’s a bit of an optical illusion — and a grand one at that.