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2013 Alpine Ski Jumping Winter Carnival and Jumpfest Weekend w/ Schedule

Alpine Ski Jumping Winter Carnival and Jumpfest Weekend

Ever since a winter afternoon in 1925 when a Norwegian immigrant skied off the edge of a barn roof to show the locals the wonder of his sport, ski jumping has been an exciting addition to Salisbury’s winter landscape. Over the years, Salisbury’s Satre Hill has served as the training center for many Olympic and world class jumpers as thousands of visitors come to join in the excitement.

This January and February, the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) will showcase ski jumping for the 87th year when it hosts two major events- the Alpine Ski Jumping Winter Carnival which features extreme downhill skiers from around the country, and Jumpfest Weekend which draws some of the best junior jumpers in the east- many with Olympic aspirations.

Both Alpine and Jumpfest Weekends will include jumping under the lights as well as the Human Dogsled Race, a crowd favorite where five humans pull one human on a sled around a .3 mile course. Teams get very creative with both their costumes and sleds.

Junior jumpers showing off their new-found skills on the 20 and 30 meter hills will compete at both events.

Jumpfest will host the annual ice carving demonstration featuring some the areas (and country’s) best carvers.

Friday night the areas best restaurants will compete in a chili cook-off.

At the SnowBall on Saturday evening of Jumpfest revelers can dance to the music of Treetop Blues featuring Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult fame.

Bring the whole family and enjoy winter at its best in charming Salisbury, CT,

Alpine Ski Jumping Winter Carnival, January 25-27
Alpine ski jumping (also known as Gelande) is a hybrid form of jumping where extreme skiers use downhill ski equipment, including poles. Also, the skiers do not use the grooves cut into the inrun ice that traditional jumpers’ skis fit into through takeoff, adding to the danger.

The Norfolk Curling Club will construct a court at Satre Hill and give Curling demonstrations throughout Alpine Weekend, temperatures permitting.

Informal jump practice

1-3 pm - Junior Nordic Meet
5-7 pm- Alpine jumping under the lights
Curling demonstrations all day

11 am- 2pm- Alpine practice, competition and awards
3 pm- Human dogsled Race
Curling demonstrations all day

Jumpfest and Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships, February 8-10
This is the 87th year that SWSA has hosted its annual ski jumping championships, attracting some of the best junior jumpers in the East. This year Jumpfest will take on an international flavor with the arrival of Swiss and Norwegian competitors.

Friday Nite Lites
6:30 pm- Chili Cook-off
7 pm- Jumping under the lights.
Following jumping- Human Dogsled Race

9 am- Nordic Kids 20 and 30 meter competition
11am-noon- practice for Salisbury Invitational ski jumping competition
1pm-3pm- Salisbury Invitational Competition
11am-3pm- 12th Annual Ice Carving Demonstration featuring area’s best carvers, awards at 4pm , Scoville Memorial Library, free admission
8pm-midnight- Snow Ball, featuring Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult fame, at the Lakeville Hose Co., admission: Adults $12, children 12 and under free
Pancake Breakfast at Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance building
11am- Practice 87th Annual Eastern Ski Jumping Championships
1pm- Competition including Junior Olympic hopefuls.

All jumping events held at Satre Hill in Salisbury.
Unless otherwise noted, admission for all events: $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free.

Proceeds from Alpine and Jumpfest Weekends will fund SWSA’s children’s skiing programs.