Some of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers are set to fly at New England’s only Olympic-size venue during the annual Harris Hill tournament in Brattleboro. The nearly century-old competition will feature athletes from North America and Europe leaping off a 90-meter hill that’s one of just six of its size in the country. Since its start in 1922, the event attracts several thousand spectators who watch jumpers shoot at speeds of 60 mph and soar more than 300 feet in the air. This year’s competition features the annual Pepsi Challenge on Saturday and Fred Harris Memorial Tournament on Sunday.
Gates will open at 10a, with trial rounds at 11, opening ceremonies at noon, and competition at 12:45p. This family-friendly event offers food and beverage vendors, a bonfire, music, tailgating, and appearances by Jumper, the cow mascot. Buy tickets at the gate or at brownpapertickets.com. Harris Hill boasts a snowmaking system, so the program will run regardless of ground cover in surrounding areas.
The event is presented by hundreds of community volunteers and paid for by ticket sales, donations, and sponsors such as Pepsi, Auto Mall, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Mount Snow, and The Richards Group.