Starting next week, the best ski jumpers from across the United States will come to Park City and the Utah Olympic Park for the 17th-annual Springer Tournee. The weeklong event features top jumpers from youth levels all the way up to U.S. National Team athletes.

Preparations for next week’s action are underway, according to U.S. Coach Alan Alborn. He said the Park City Nordic Ski Club staff members and the Utah Olympic Park are readying themselves for an exciting week.

“We’re making sure all the jumps are up and running to our expectations and gearing up to see about 150 athletes show up in Park City for a week,” he said. “It’s a pretty fun week for us because we get to see the best from around the country and Canada. From juniors up to national athletes, they all mix it up together for a week.”

Alborn said the Springer Tournee is gaining magnitude every year. In addition to giving the young jumpers a chance to work with the top athletes in the sport, the competitions at the end of the week also serve as the U.S. National Championships.

“It’s a great week for the entire community because it’s the only time all year the athletes, young to old, can get together,” he said. “It’s been growing every year as far as numbers. In ski jumping and Nordic combined, it’s becoming quite a tradition.”

Early in the week, the young athletes will get a chance to work side-by-side with the U.S. National Team athletes, something Alborn said is beneficial for both parties.