The history of Kulm
The Kulm, located in Bad Mitterndorf, Styria is the biggest natural jumping hill in Austria. The hill was built 63 years ago and has been renovated ever since. Today it is one of the most modern hills in the world.
The first ski flying competition on the Kulm took place in 1950. The first athlete who flew from the Kulm was the local competitor Hubert Neuper sen., whose flight was 96 m. The first winner on the hill, watched by more than 10.000 spectators, was the Austrian Rudi Dietrich. The following year another Austrian named Sepp, "Bubi" Bradl won the competition on a slightly renovated hill with a jump of 115 m.
In 1953 the Kulm was host of the first international skiflying week and ever since the Kulm has been a regular venue for World Cup Competitions.
In 1975, 1986, 1996, 2006 and 2016 the Kulm hosted the FIS Ski Flying World Championships and those events made the Kulm to the sportive centre of attraction. The word's best ski flyers have crossed the Bakken here. The current distance record on the Kulm is 244 m by the Slovenian jumper Peter Prevc.
In 2012 and 2014 the Kulm again held competitions for the FIS Worldcup. The approved Neuper Group GmbH in Bad Mitterndorf, with Hubert Neper in charge is responsible for the organization on behalf of the Austrian Ski Federation ÖSV.
In order to be able to host further Ski Flying events, the hill was completely renovated from May to November 2014 and was adapted due to the FIS regulations. The Take-off table was pushed back by 23 m and the front end lifted by 10 m, the Take-off and the lower end of the outrun were broadened for safety reasons and the Judges´Tower was raised. Furthermore additional windnets were installed on the Eastside and several sewage and underground work had to be done. The amount invested was 4.2 million Euros.
2018 At the last ski flying event at the KULM (12-14 January 2018), Norway celebrated a double victory. Andreas Stjernen was not only allowed to celebrate his maiden victory at the Kulm, but also his first ever success in his career. In second place was his compatriot Daniel Andre Tande. Behind the two Norwegians the Swiss Simon Amman was finally able to cheer on the podium.