Ski Jumping in the Northeast with Ariel Picton Kobayashi

Date: 02/27/2022
Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Dozens of towering ski jumps once dotted the landscape across the northeastern United States. Introduced by Norwegian immigrants in the late 1800s, ski jumping became popular in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. From Lake Placid to Salisbury, crowds thronged to the jumps to watch. Youngsters like the Tokle brothers and Roy Sherwood rose to stardom. All of that changed in the 1980s with the end of college jumping. Today, only a handful of jumping clubs remain. But in a rare few communities, a strong sense of tradition keeps the spirit alive. Join author and coach Ariel Picton Kobayashi on Zoom as she examines ski jumping’s fascinating identity as both a small-town tradition and thrilling sport. Visit here to register for this webinar presented in conjunction with the Norfolk Historical Society. Kobayashi’s book is available for sale or to check out at the Library.