Harris Hill renovations near fundraising goal

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Rebuilding the famed ski jump at Brattleboro’s Harris Hill was expected to cost $1 million.

But a new design pointed the way to a $300,000 fix, and now local volunteers are nearing that goal in a fundraising drive.

Vermont’s only Olympic-sized ski jump, which opened in 1922, has hosted nine national ski jumping championships, as well as the qualifying meet for the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.

The distinguished history appeared in jeopardy two years ago, when the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association determined that the hill’s wooden takeoff ramp had become unsafe, and said it would no longer sanction competitions there.

Now the local fundraising effort means competitions could resume at the hill next year.

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