High schoolers soar in New Hampshire, the last state to offer ski jumping as scholastic sport

Ruby Spitz and her teammates at Hanover High School in New Hampshire are members of an exclusive club: The Granite State is the only place in the nation that still offers ski jumping as a competitive sport for high schoolers.

Ruby, a 15-year-old sophomore, says the adrenaline rush is what keeps her going back to the top of steep ramps on frigid nights to tackle the gravity-testing sport.

America has never embraced ski jumping, and when major colleges dropped programs three decades ago, the last incentive for high school jumpers disappeared everywhere but here.

For a time in the 20th century, New Hampshire was the center of the country's ski jumping community and two members of the U.S. team, Nick Fairall and Nicholas Alexander, are natives.