Updated Jan. 10, 2020
The Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition in Brattleboro represents a unique opportunity to witness future Olympic hopefuls up close in Vermont as they launch from the takeoff at speeds of 60 mph on a the Olympic-sized 90-meter jump.
This year’s event on Feb. 15-16 is a stop on the United States American Ski Jumping tour in addition to the traditional Pepsi Challenge and Fred Harris Memorial Tournaments.
History of Harris Hill
Founded in 1922, the annual jumping competition held on Harris Hill attracts several thousand spectators each year not only to view world-renowned jumpers, but also to watch local jumpers soar in the sport of ski jumping. Harris Hill Ski Jump is the only 90-meter ski jump in New England and the newest Olympic size 90-meter jump in the country.
Harris Hill was the vision of Fred Harris, of Brattleboro, who founded the Brattleboro Outing Club and the Dartmouth Outing Club. Only an occasional snow drought, World War II and a three-year hiatus to re-build the jump between 2006–2008 have interrupted the annual tradition.
Harris Hill’s reputation for organizing first-class tournaments dates back to 1923 when the hill was the site of the National Ski Jumping Championships. It has been the site of 18 national and regional championships, most recently in 1992 when Brattleboro hosted the National Championships.
This family event is the perfect way to spend a snowy weekend in Vermont.
For more information, visit HarrisHillSkiJump.com