Snow Day: Icer Air Ski Jumping on SF’s Hills

Remember Jonny Moseley? He’s a Bay Area resident who won a Gold Medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in moguls. To celebrate his 30th birthday, he helped stage an X Games-type event called “Icer Air 2005” two days ago that drew about 5,000 to Fillmore Street, one of SF’s steepest hills. I was driving about a half-mile downhill from there and saw the glistening slope of 200 tons of artificial snow that had been trucked in to create the ski jump and landing ramp. Quite a feat during an Indian Summer day in the low-80s that was quickly turning it all to slush!

Icer Air 2005 featured Moseley, plus about 20 professional skiers and snowboarders, who launched themselves into the air down the Fillmore Street slope. Below them in the posh Pacific Heights neighborhood was one of the city’s more dramatic and panoramic views — with the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean on the left, the hills of ritzy Marin County beyond, Alcatraz Prison and San Francisco Bay to the right, and the swank Marina District below.

“It was a great day, and I don’t think it could have gone any better or smoother,” said Sian Parry, spokeswoman for Icer, the event’s organizer. “Given all the challenges, we’re really happy it went so well.”

After it was over, one of my friends who had watched yelled, “OK, let’s all get some ice cream.”

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