Another New Era for the Salisbury Ski Jumps
There are not many spectator sports that make it worth your while to stand outside in frigid weather, but the annual Salisbury Ski Jumps are an exception because they’re so thrilling—and heartwarming. The venerable competition (February 8 - 10), which is an unofficial proving ground for future Olympians, has been a highlight of winter in northwest Connecticut for 87 years.
In addition to the traditional rites of the competition, there’s a new state-of-the-art tower (added two years ago), which was built in record time because the Salisbury Winter Sports Association had to promise to construct a new jump to woo the Junior Olympics. There is also a new line of handsome Salisbury Ski Jumps merchandise (right and below) produced by Peter Beck’s Village Store: baseball caps ($15), knit caps ($39.50), long sleeve T-shirts ($25), and Patagonia fleece vests ($85). These will be sold at Satre Hill (where you can always purchase the cowbells that are traditionally rung as the skiers fly through the sky) as well as at Peter Beck’s on Main Street.
While watching the jumpers when the sun is shining is nice, many spectators’ favorite part of the weekend is Friday Nite Lites, when there is target jumping under the lights along with a chili cookoff, and a human dogsled race. The 12th annual ice-carving competition on Saturday will be held on the lawn of the Scoville Memorial Library. If you’re not familiar with the charms of Salisbury, the Ski Jumps weekend is a great opportunity to explore shops such as Johnnycake Books, Passports, Salisbury Wines and Sweet William’s Bakery.
87th Annual Salisbury Winter Sports Association Ski Jumps February 8 -10
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