BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) – A renowned ski jumping competition has been canceled because repairs to its facilities are too expensive.

The annual Harris Hill ski jump, held here since 1922, draws more than 2,000 patrons.

It was canceled last year because the tower that supports the slope from which skiers jump was rotting away and deemed unsafe.

The Harris Hill Ski Jump Organizing Committee planned to raise money for repairs, but decided to shelve the work when cost estimates were obtained, said Pat Howell, co-director of the tournament. She would not disclose the figures.

“It’s a big nut to crack,” Howell said. “It’s a lot of money and way more than we anticipated.”

On Thursday, the committee will look at how it might be able to raise the money and address the future of the tournament. “We’ve been working to determine if we can raise the kind of money it’s going to take,” she said. “An action plan will come out of that meeting.”

The ski jump has been rebuilt four times over the past 85 years. It was last rebuilt in the 1960s.

The tournament has been canceled only a handful of times over its history, including from 1943-45, because of World War II, and in 1930, 1980, 1981 and 1998 because of warm weather.


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