Since the 1930s the Jackson Ski and Outing Club has made recreational events and skiing competition part of its many traditions. Today, the Jackson Ski Touring Center maintains those traditions by offering a number of fun weekly events, all of which are open to the public.
Nearly every weekday, theres a different event or incentive for getting out on the snow, and of course the weekends are packed with plenty to do as well.
Whether its Tuesday Trekkers, Wednesday 2-4-1, Throw Back Thursday or Friday Gliders and Sliders, there is always something going on in Jackson.
Those interested in snowshoeing are encouraged to check out Tuesday Trekkers, an expertly guided social snowshoe trek through the forests of Jackson. Its an activity for all abilities and happens every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. for just $10.
Wednesday 2-4-1 is just as it sounds. Bring a friend and tour Jacksons miles of trails at a two for the price of one discount.
On Thursdays, Jackson XC spices it up with Throw Back Thursdays. Hit the trails dressed in your best retro ski garb and try to wow the staff as they judge for best outfit. The guest who is staff pick of the day gets hot cocoa with marshmallows served in a Jackson XC mug and bragging rights.
Fridays Sliders and Gliders are two hour tour groups led by ski school instructors, who are there to offer technique tips and moral support. After skiing, the group gathers in the Touring Center for refreshments and socializing. For just $10 and the price of a day pass, anyone looking to improve their technique is encouraged to take part.
Of course the weekend offers plenty of great reasons to ski Jackson XC, but Saturdays weekly free wax clinic from 12 to 1 p.m. and Alpine Sundays are opportunities not to miss. Wax clinics offer guests a chance to learn how to properly maintain waxless or waxable skis, whether they are classic or skate. And for those that are also alpine skiers, bring in your Saturday or Sunday lift pass and receive a 33% discount on a day pass, rentals and lessons.
Snowshoe nature tours are available on weekends from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Expert snowshoe guides lead guests to places along the trails and off the system that most people wouldnt find. These tours are $10; snowshoe rentals are available for $12. Private tours can also be scheduled through the Touring Center.
For a complete listing of events, visit the online calendar at www.jacksonxc.org/event-calendar.