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Killington World Cup, Brattleboro ski jump to return after pandemic pause

A record World Cup crowd estimated at more than 40,000 people swarmed the summit of the Killington Ski Resort in 2019. Photo by Andrew Shinn

A year after the Covid-19 pandemic canceled Vermont’s two largest snow-sports events, Killington’s World Cup slalom races and Brattleboro’s Harris Hill ski jump are set to return this winter.

The Killington competition will bring the world’s best women’s downhill skiers to the state on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27-28, as part of an international tour that first came to Vermont in 2016.

“Planning for the event during Covid has thrown us some curveballs,” Killington spokesperson Amy Laramie said, “but we want to make sure we’re protecting the athletes, the spectators and the community.” 

Killington will require attendees age 12 and older to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. It also will limit crowds to about half the size of its one-day record of 19,500 by admitting only those people who buy special tickets in advance.

Tickets for admission at $5 a day will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the HomeLight Killington Cup website.

Killington won’t mandate masks outside but will require them on public transportation and, for people who are unvaccinated, inside its base lodges. It also will cut its usual Friday opening fireworks program and curtail media interactions with an expected 100 athletes from more than 20 countries.

“We’ve had to rethink a lot of things we’ve done in the past, but we hope to still have an energetic and passionate crowd,” Laramie said. “We’re fortunate this is an outside event. There’s room to physically distance and have a good time.”

Ski jump’s 100th year

Brattleboro’s Harris Hill ski jump is set to celebrate its centennial with the return of its annual Presidents’ Day weekend competition Feb. 19-20, 2022.

“We’re planning for the event and will follow Covid guidelines,” event co-director Kate McGinn said at a recent meeting of organizers.

Brattleboro’s Harris Hill ski jump will celebrate its centennial with a 120-page history (pictured by its cover) set for sale in November. Courtesy photo

Since its start in 1922, the Brattleboro competition has attracted ski jumpers from North America and Europe who leap off New England’s only Olympic-size venue. It’s one of just six 90-meter hills in the country.

Organizers hope the federal government’s plans to lift Covid-19 travel restrictions for vaccinated international visitors next month will stick, allowing their usual diverse slate of men’s and women’s competitors.

The centennial also will bring a free public fireworks program on Friday, Feb. 18, a downtown Brattleboro sculpture and a 120-page history, “Harris Hill Ski Jump, The First 100 Years,” set for sale in November.

“This is a big year for us,” event co-director Liz Richards said.

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