Jackson Ski Touring Center Off to Record Start in 2014

Jackson XCJanuary 14, 2014

JACKSON, NH – Jackson Ski Touring Center received three feet of snow in December and consistently had the most trails open in New England. And, during the winter break between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the number of skiers increased by 15 percent over last year’s numbers. Overall, skier visits were up and the conditions made for excellent skiing and snowshoeing.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics a few weeks away, Jackson Ski Touring Center is gearing up for more interest in Nordic skiing and events in 2014.

“The conditions have been extraordinarily good,” said Jackson Ski Touring Center Executive Director Thom Perkins. “Even with some recent rain, there is still plenty of snow on the ground here in Jackson. We have some great events coming up and are looking forward to continuing what has already started out as a great season.”

While Olympic athletes compete in Sochi in February, guests of Jackson Ski Touring Center can ski on trails groomed to those same standards. Constant trail maintenance, grooming and improvements are the Center’s top priority, and new equipment has made the trails even better.

Jackson Ski Touring has the largest cross country ski and snowshoe trail network in New England and has plenty of trails for all levels of abilities – from first time skiers to Olympic hopefuls. New guests are invited to take advantage of the offerings from the Jackson Ski Touring Center’s Ski School and Rental Center. Jackson Ski Touring has added special children’s lessons on weekends and additional rental equipment to meet increasing demands. Also new this year is an expanded Story Land Element Garden for children and hot chocolate drizzled waffles available soon on holidays and weekends in the Ellis River Waffle Cabin. This is also where children can try out the Anklebiter course and receive a chocolate gold coin for their efforts.

Upcoming events at Jackson Ski Touring include the UNH Winter Carnival Races on Jan. 25, the 10th Annual White Mountain Classic on Jan. 26 and the Groomed Trail Challenge on Feb. 15. For a complete listing of events, visit http://www.jacksonxc.org/event-calendar.

For the latest snow conditions and information, guests can visit www.jacksonxc.org or call 1-800-XC-SNOWS.

The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, chartered to maintain trails in and around the charming Village of Jackson, NH.  The “Foundation” maintains 150 km of varied and breathtaking cross country ski and snowshoe trails 2 hours north of Boston.  Foundation trails connect with A.M.C. trails in Pinkham Notch and White Mountain National Forest backcountry adventure trails.  The Foundation operates under a Special-Use Permit with the White Mountain National Forest, and with the cooperation of 75 private landowners, and the Village of Jackson.  More information about the Foundation and its offerings can be found on the web at www.jacksonxc.org.

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