Jumpfest 2019, 93rd Annual Ski Jumping Championships will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 8 – 10, 2019 at Satre Hill, Salisbury, CT. The event is sponsored by the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA).
The three-day event is comprised of three different jumping competitions with some of the most talented young jumpers in the eastern US. Many of them are Junior National hopefuls, and some will make it to the Olympics.
Friday evening is a fun night for the competitors- they jump under the lights trying to hit a target for prizes. There is also a Human Dog Sled Race (see separate profile) after the jumping. There are bonfires burning all three days, and food and beverages are available for sale.
Saturday is the Salisbury Invitational Ski Jumping Competition. This is a judged event where both style and distance count toward the jumpers’ scores.
Sunday is the Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships where the jumpers will be giving it their all. It is a required jump for athletes who are aiming to make the Junior National team.
Jumpfest is a spectator event. The cost for entry to any of the three competitions is $15 for adults. Children 12 years and under are admitted for free.
The schedule of events is as follows:
Friday Feb 8th
Ticket booth opens at 6 pm.
Target Jumping Under the Lights 7pm
Human Dogsled Races after target jumping
Saturday Feb 9th
Salisbury Invitational Ski Jumping Competition
Practice 11 am-noon
Competition 1 pm
Sunday Feb 10th
Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships
Practice 11 am-noon
Note: Weather and other conditions can change competition times, so check jumpfest.org for updates.
For more information about Jumpfest or about SWSA, again go to jumpfest.org.
Proceeds from Jumpfest help support junior skiing programs and maintain Satre Hill facilities.
If you live within sportingAcause’s territory – Pittsfield, MA down to Harwinton, CT and over to Poughkeepsie, NY, then you are pretty much a hour away from two amazing winter sports events within a 10 day span.
Beginning Thursday, Jan. 31st through Sunday, Feb. 3rd you can witness an honest-to-God curling Bonspiel at the Norfolk Curling Club in Norfolk, CT.
Then, four days later, Friday evening of Feb 8th through Sunday the 10th, you can see the equally amazing and exciting ski jumping during Jumpfest in downtown Salisbury, CT.
Curling first caught American attention several Winter Olympics ago when the sport inexplicably enjoyed a lopsided dose of TV coverage- what is this thing, curling?
Well you’ll have a chance to find out up close next weekend. You will be able to view the action in the comfort of the Norfolk Curling Club’s new state-of-the-art facility, as you snack and perhaps partake of a cocktail. And there will be many curlers nearby happy to answer any questions you have about the sport.
And it is free!
Now the following weekend you’ll get to see a different kind of winter sport- ski jumping at Jumpfest 2019 at the Satre Hill 65 meter tower in Salisbury sponsored by the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA).
Now you may be saying “Yeah, yeah, I’ve watched ski jumping on TV – Olympics, Wide World of Sports…”
But listen closely – If you have not witnessed ski jumping live, you have not seen the sport.
These young athletes, some as young as 12, exit the tower’s take off at 50 miles an hour, travel upwards of 200 feet through the air and land, skis slapping on the landing hill right before your eyes. The crowds register their enthusiasm by cheering and ringing cowbells, and you will be one of them.
And another thing- jumpers you see up-close-and-personal in Salisbury will be in future Olympics- they are that good. Sunday will feature the Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships. There will be plenty to eat, beverages from hot chocolate to hot toddies, with bonfires and lots of camaraderie.
Adult admission is $15 but children 12 and under get in free.
Get all of the details for both events here at sportingAcause.com.
So there you have it- two cures for the mid-winter blues.
Til next week, Willie