BRATTLEBORO >> The nation's best young ski jumpers are set to fly off New England's only Olympic-size hill Feb. 20 and 21 at the annual Harris Hill Ski Jump in Brattleboro.
The nearly century-old competition will feature athletes from the United States, Canada and Europe who will compete on a 90-meter hill that's one of just six of its size in the country.
Since its start in 1922, the annual event attracts several thousand spectators who watch jumpers soar up to 300 feet at speeds up to 60 mph.
This year's competition — to feature the annual Pepsi Challenge and Fred Harris Memorial Tournament — is expected to draw dozens of athletes on their way to the 2016 Junior Nationals Feb. 24-27 in Salisbury, Conn.
Harris Hill boasts a snowmaking system with nearly 1,000 feet of underground pipe, so the program will take place regardless of ground cover in surrounding areas.
Gates will open Feb. 20 and 21 at 10 a.m., with trial rounds at 11 a.m., opening ceremonies at noon and competition at 12:45 p.m.
The family event offers food and beverage vendors, a bonfire, music, tailgating and appearances by Jumper, the cow mascot.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger and can be purchased at the gate (cash or local check only) on online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Advance discount admission of $15 for adults and $12 for students ages 6 to 12 is available starting Feb. 9, with more information at www.harrishillskijump.com.
Harris Hill Ski Jump, located on Cedar Street in Brattleboro, is presented by hundreds of community volunteers and paid for by ticket sales, donations and sponsors including Pepsi, Auto Mall, Mount Snow and The Richards Group.
For additional details, visit www.harrishillskijump.com or the event's Facebook and Twitter pages.