Cedar Street, Brattleboro
http://www.harrishillskijump.com, 802 254-4565
Ski jumping returns to Harris Hill with an international field of jumpers. Boasting the only 90-meter, Olympic-sized ski jump in New England, the iconic two-day competition features the Fred Harris Memorial Tournament and the Pepsi Challenge. The event—a stop on the U.S. Cup Series of USA Nordic—includes a Nordic-combined competition. 2018 celebrates 96 years of ski jumping at Harris Hill. Last year thousands of spectators cheered as an 18-year-old Slovenian soared 341 feet to set a new hill record.
The event offers food, music, tailgating, a bonfire, beer tent, souvenirs plus an exciting opportunity to witness the thrill of ski jumping. The anticipation and excitement of the spectators, focus, and friendliness of the athletes, and the festive atmosphere, make this annual event a New England favorite.
Harris Hill’s snowmaking system ensures that the event will run regardless of ground cover in surrounding areas. Gates open each day at 10a, with the first trial jump at 11. Competition begins with opening ceremonies at noon. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. Buy your tickets at the gate (cash or local check only) or at brownpapertickets.com. For details and early ticket sales, visit HarrisHillSkiJump.com or Harris Hill Ski Jump on Facebook and Twitter.
Parking is free at the hill. The field may be muddy and/or bumpy, so keep this in mind if you’re bringing a vehicle with low ground clearance. There’s additional parking at the Brattleboro Retreat on Linden Street (Route 30) with a free shuttle bus to the venue.
A note on the weather: For those who aren’t used to New England winters, know that it’s unpredictable. Wear layers. Snow gear is highly recommended: waterproof boots, hat, gloves, long-johns, etc. The beer tent is heated so you can warm up, but do prepare for the elements.
Presented by Pepsi and generously supported by area sponsors such as Auto Mall, Mount Snow, and The Richards Group.
NECCA Circus Spectacular
Latchis Theater, downtown Brattleboro
Circus Spectacular, New England Center for Circus Arts’ eighth annual outreach fundraiser, is a dazzling event. Starring guest artists from circuses worldwide, this is a unique opportunity to see some of today’s most renowned high-flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers on the Latchis stage in Brattleboro. Proceeds benefit our community outreach programing, including scholarships for summer camps, discounted classes with local schools, and free classes for kids through collaborations with regional social services.
Mount Snow Reggaefest
Main Base Area, Mount Snow, West Dover
Bud Light Reggaefest returns to Mount Snow for a weekend of fantastic live Reggae! Featuring great performances at the Snow Barn as well as a party out in the Base Area. Plus check out the annual Sink or Skim Pond Skimming competition on Saturday and the Duct Tape Derby on Sunday.
Spring Fling Weekend at Bromley
Base Lodge, Bromley Mountain, Winhall
A Bromley family’s favorite sun-soaked (or just plain soaked) event is back for another year! Featuring pond skimming, a duct tape derby, live music, BBQ, and even some rides from our summer adventure park! Registration for pond skimming and the duct tape derby will begin at 9a at the info desk in the base lodge.
27th Annual Women’s Film Festival
New England Youth Theater, Brattleboro
The 27th Annual Women’s Film Festival, a Women’s Freedom Center fundraiser, presents 40 documentaries, romances, thrillers, and comedies from around the world directed by, and about, women. There’ something for everyone: films about activism, art, reproductive rights, mothers and daughters, romances, discrimination, aging, gender roles, and more. The opening night gala features champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and film. The festival brings to Southern Vermont films that can often only be seen if you’re lucky enough to be able to travel to film festivals such as Tribeca and Sundance. Many of the entries included in previous years have gone on to receive acclaim. For more information, visit the website.