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Salisbury's JumpFest A High-Flying Winter Festival

Salisbury's JumpFest A High-Flying Winter Festival

For 89 winters, defiers of gravity from across the country have converged in the northwest corner of Connecticut at the ski jumps in Salisbury. The town of 4,000 has hosted an annual competition — known in recent years as JumpFest — since the completion of its 70-meter ski jump in 1926. Twenty- and 30-meter jumps round out the facilities at Salisbury's Satre Hill, named for a Norwegian immigrant, who according to legend, launched from the top of a barn to introduce the town to the sport of ski jumping. Some 200 residents are said to have taken in that inaugural stunt, and spectator interest grew from there. "No matter how cold it is [for JumpFest], there will...

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