2009 Winter

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
For Immediate Release

The excitement will be soaring when the 83nd annual U.S. Eastern National Ski Jumping Championships take place February 6 to 8 at Satre Hill in Salisbury, in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut.

As always, some of the region's best athletes at this challenging sport will be competing, showing the coordination and grace needed to sail 64 meters, some 210 feet through the air, with a happy landing. Everyone will be hoping to beat the Salisbury record, an impressive 231-foot jump.

The weekend will open with a target jump competition under the stars for cash prizes starting at 7:30 p.m. on February 6, and ending at 8:30 pm. Saturday's schedule starts at 10 a.m. with jump practice followed by the Salisbury Invitational Championship 65-meter jump event at 1 p.m. The big event, the U.S. Eastern National Championships will take place Sunday at 1 p.m.

Between activities there will be plenty of time to explore the charming town of Salisbury with its many intriguing shops, and to visit the White Hart, Salisbury's venerable inn on the village green where an ice carving competition will go on all day Saturday. The Snow Ball Dance with live music will also take place at the White Hart Saturday night at 8 p.m., open to all for $10 admission. The Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Squad will hold a pancake breakfast at the corner of Route 41 and 44, Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and a cross-country ski race begins at Satre Hill at 9 a.m.

The all-volunteer Salisbury Winter Sports Association, host of the annual championships, provides cross-country and jumping equipment and training to area children and maintains cross-country ski trails at several sites in town.

For happy viewing, the Association recommends that spectators dress warmly in lots of layers and bring a cowbell, the traditional way to cheer on the jumpers. Hot food and beverages are available starting about 10:00 AM each day to help watchers keep warm. Limited bleacher seating is provided or viewers can bring their own lawn chairs. Admission is $10 for adults, 12 and under free. Satre Ski Hill is on Indian Cave Road, off Route 44 in Salisbury. Signs in the center of Salisbury point the way to ample free parking.

For more information on the ski jumping competitions, phone 860-435-0019 or see www.jumpfest.org or contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.