Bakke Hill Ski Jump in Leavenworth Washington has had it's share of ski jumpers. From the 30's to the 70's it got a lot of action, including having some of the longest jumps recorded nationally. It received visitors from Europe and Japan to try their skills on the hill there. The big hill is no longer being used now, but the history of of it fascinating. I first heard of it from my father Melvin V. Love, who had gone to high school there. I was living in a small town near Seattle at that time, Bellevue. As a kid, the idea of skiing was big, and I asked my father if I could learn to ski. I was about four or five at that time. My first skis had the tails cut off, no edges and painted on bases with cable bindings. In 2018 this is what the big jump looks like. It hasn't been in use for some time now. The top part may be from 1960, the lower from 2018 I'm on the right, standing in the same place as my father on the right, whose picture was taken sometime in the 30's. The picture on the right is hanging on the wall in Leavenworth at Kristalls Restaurant and Lounge. This is the lodge here. Leavenworth Winter Sports Club My mother Pamela is on the left, then me, Terry.