You can get a taste of the Winter Olympics in Connecticut this weekend with the annual Jumpfest Winter Festival in the Litchfield Hills.
This event celebrates its 88th year this weekend at Satre Hill in Salisbury. Directions here.
The highlight happens Sunday:, the Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships begins with practice at 11 am, the competition begins at 1 pm. and shows off the tremendous coordination, skill and grace it takes to soar so far with a happy landing.
Everyone will be hoping to beat the Salisbury record, a 231-foot jump.
For a full schedule of events and more details, click here.
Today’s events start with the youth Nordic 20 and 30- meter jumping competition, followed by the Salisbury Invitational Competition for ski jumpers.
Popular Saturday features include the annual ice carving demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. of creative sculptures on display at the LaBonne Square in the center of Salisbury and a bourbon tasting and chef demonstration at the Interlaken Inn on Rte. 112 in Lakeville. Everyone is invited to attend the Snow Ball Saturday night at the Lakeville Hose Company, 9 Sharon Road in neighboring Lakeville.
The all-volunteer Salisbury Winter Sports Association, host of the annual championships, maintain cross country ski trails for SWSA members in Salisbury and provides scholarship funds for downhill ski programs at four area schools.
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 each day to help watchers keep warm. Limited bleacher seating is provided or viewers can bring their own lawn chairs.
Sunday’s forecast for Salisbury is a chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 27. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Satre Ski Hill is located on Indian Cave Road, off Route 44 in Salisbury. Signs in the center of Salisbury point the way to ample free parking.
Admission to each SWSA event is $15 for adults, children 12 and under free to all events.
For more information about ski jumping and other winter activities nearby, visit www.litchifeldhills.com