GRAFTON -- Thanks to its snowmaking system, Grafton Ponds opened Saturday, with a 450-foot strip of groomed snow for those die-hard Nordic skiers itching to get on snow.
Grafton Ponds will continue to make snow as temperatures allow, in order to increase the amount of skiable terrain and to build its popular 600-foot snow tubing run in time for the winter holiday.
Harris Hill Ski Jump
BRATTLEBORO -- The Harris Hill Ski Jump, the only Olympic-sized, 90-meter ski jumping hill in New England, will play host to its annual two-day ski jumping event on Feb. 16-17, 2013. It will be the only domestic stop in a nine-event International Skiing Federation (FIS) competition schedule, and will also serve as a stop on the United States American Ski Jumping (USASJ) series.
Founded in 1922, the annual jumping competition held on Harris Hill attracts several thousand spectators each year, not only to watch local jumpers reach great heights but also to view world renowned jumpers soar in the sport of ski jumping. In 2009, the jump was completely rebuilt in accordance with FIS specifications.
The two major competitions, merged in with the annual Pepsi Challenge and Fred Harris Memorial Tournament, will draw the best male and female ski jumpers from across the globe to Brattleboro, including those fighting to earn a spot on their respective 2014 Winter Olympic teams.
Competition each day will start at noon and will conclude by 4 p.m. A family event, Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition Weekend includes opening ceremonies, appearances by Jumper the mascot, food and drink vendors, a bonfire and more.
Ticket sales for the event will commence in January 2013. Expected prices are as follows: advance purchase: $12 adults, $10 Youth (age 6-12 years); at the gate: $15 adults, $12 youth. Age five and younger are always free.
For details on the event, visit HarrisHillSkiJump.com.
BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Hockey Association teams all played at home this past weekend.
On Saturday, the Bantams were shut out by a strong Ludlow, Mass., team by a score of 5-0. Ellinore Todd-Long was strong on defense and Daniel McMahon had several rushes on net.
On Sunday, the Peewees exploded for 10 goals in a 10-6 victory over Greenfield, Mass. The assault was led by Jerred Tattersall who had a monster game with five goals. Gavin Flynn had two goals, Ryan Roof a goal and an assist. Dimitri Seeger and Jakob Curtiss chipped in with a goal apiece, Dylan Reilly had a pair of assists, and Joseph Koes, Aubrey Goodband and Jacob Bailey one assist apiece.
The Squirt team lost to Westfield, Mass., 6-3. Goals came from Andrew Peloso, Mason Foard and Tyler Higley, who was assisted by Alex Hudon.
There are games scheduled at the Nelson Withington Rink this Sunday, Dec. 16, beginning at 9:40 a.m.
BRATTLEBORO -- Houghton remained undefeated with a 41-27 victory over JA Jubb in Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department women’s basketball action on Monday.
Anna Lashway (14 points), Ryan Kelly (12) and Aleigh Palmer (10) did the damage for Houghton offensively. Kirsten Kinsmith went off for 13 points to pace JA Jubb.
In the other contest, Chroma edged Clews 37-35. Ann Stanley led the winners with a dozen points and Meghan McLaughlin poured in a dime’s worth for Clews.