Harris Hill ski jump competition February 19 & 20

first_imgOne month from today, Brattleboro, Vermont will be jumping with excitement at the annual Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition presented by Pepsi, slated for Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20.Ski jumping at Harris Hill is one of Brattleboro’s much loved traditions that dates back to 1922. Over the years the event grew to draw jumpers and spectators from around the world to this small Vermont town. After the 2005 event, the jump had to be shut down due to the wooden structure falling into disrepair and safety concerns for the jumpers. After an intensive fundraising campaign and the generosity of local and regional businesses and residents, a new 90-meter ski jump reopened to a record crowd in 2009.Situated on the edge of a Brattleboro cornfield, the brand new jump was totally re-built to FIS (International Federation of Skiing) specifications and will once again bring jumpers from around the world to compete in the two-day event that is now sanctioned by the US Ski Association (USSA).Approximately 40 top jumpers from the United States and Europe ‘ the biggest field Harris Hill has seen in years — will compete this year. As one of New England’s premier winter sporting events, the Harris Hill venue offers spectators a thrilling experience with this Olympic sport and a first-hand understanding of why it’s called The Original Extreme Sportâ ¢. Spectators can watch the jumpers up close as they launch from the top of the jump’so close that they can hear the “whoosh” as they take off and soar more than 300 feet at speeds of nearly 60 mph before they land.The festival atmosphere of the event is led by fans of all ages. Concessions, a bonfire, a beer tent and event souvenirs will all be on-site.The 85th Annual Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition is presented by Pepsi-Cola, Powered by Entergy, Powdered by Mount Snow and Protected by the Richards Group. For updated information, including full schedules, tickets, results and more, go to HarrisHillSkiJump.com. -30-last_img read more