Brattleboro, VT: Harris Hill Ski Jump
Can you imagine what Sandy Harris is feeling at this moment? “My first memory is of being with my father at the hill,” she says later. “He’d be working on the hill and I’d play with my toys.” Forty-eight years after his death she feels this: “It was chilling to realize that after all this time, his hill is still so important to the town. There’s a sense of his presence. He instilled something in that jump that was contagious. It inspired people to give years of their lives to it. To keep it alive. ”
She cuts the ribbon and the skiers start down, one, then another. And how can anyone watch and not feel that they themselves have caught big air and are riding the current into the happy cheers of the people of Brattleboro?