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Ski Jumping in City Center
October 14, 2009   
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Many Warsaw inhabitants don't even know it exists, while visitors could hardly imagine that something like this could ever have been built in the heart of the city. Amid residential buildings at 3 Czerniowiecka St. in the Mokotów district stand the ruins of Warsaw's ski jump ramp, named the Skarpa because of its location on an embankment (skarpa in Polish) of the Vistula River.

This was one of only 20 synthetically-coated ramps in the world when it was built in the 1950s and the first of its kind in Poland. The complex surrounding it could accommodate 7,000 spectators and was one of the most-used training facilities for ski jumping in Poland until the 1970s-when the mid-length ¦rednia Krokiew ramp in the southern mountain resort of Zakopane and smaller ramps in the towns of Szczyrk and Wi¶le were also outfitted with artificial surfaces.

The Skarpa ramp was finally closed in the 1980s and left to become derelict until it was partially dismantled. The site is now home to a ski shop, a beauty salon and a courier company, whose employees are its informal custodians.
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