by Cathy P. Ross
Feb 19, 2013
12:43 PMCulture Cat
The Salisbury Winter Sports Association annual Jumpfest Weekend is still set for this weekend—Feb. 9-10 (Friday events have been moved to Saturday due to weather concerns). Ski jumping on Satre Hill has been a tradition in Salisbury for more than 80 years. Lore has it that the sport became popular here after John Satre, a Norwegian who immigrated to Salisbury during the 1920s, skied down a barn roof vaulting 30 feet to the ground to demonstrate the sport he’d enjoyed so in his native country. The fun caught on immediately. Makeshift jumps were set up, and eventually a towering wooden ski jump was constructed—and became an iconic landmark. Two years ago, the worn and rickety structure was replaced with the modern 65-foot-high steel John Satre Memorial Ski Jump—just in time to host the U.S. Junior Olympic ski-jumping championships.
The Salisbury Winter Sports Association, a volunteer organization that formed (as the Salisbury Outing Club) soon after Satre did his famous demo, maintains the ski jump, promotes jumping, cross-country and Alpine skiing, and also supports downhill and cross-country ski programs at local elementary schools.
Jumpfest features extreme jumpers who'll compete in target ski jumping, the annual Salisbury Invitational, the U.S. Eastern Ski Jumping Championships and Nordic Kids 20- and 30-meter jumps.
Après-ski activities include the Snow Ball with the Tree Top Band and warming up by the bonfire with food, drink, and the latest tall tales.
For further information and possible schedule changes due to weather, call 860/ 435-1477 or visit jumpfest.org.Jumpfest!