Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (Jackson XC) is a nonprofit trails organization dedicated to providing cross country ski and snowshoe trails and to provide programs for all ages.

Ski Conditions


  • March 30, 2014 4:36am EST
  • Total Kilometers Open: 0
  • Machine Groomed Tracks: 0
  • Machine Groomed Skate Lanes: 0
  • Snowshoe Trails: 0
  • Predicted Wax: VR 45 - KX50
  • Glide Wax: LF 10

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Perkins retiring as executive director of Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

 JACKSON — After leading the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation For 38 years, Thom Perkins has announced his retirement from the organization.

 As its executive director since 1976, Perkins has been instrumental in transforming the small village of Jackson into one of the nation's premier cross-country skiing and snowshoeing venues. Passionate about the sport of cross-country skiing, Perkins developed the existing trail system from a modest number of trails to the present far-reaching network of 150 kilometers, all the while setting the standard for grooming of cross-country ski trails.

 An active member of the cross-country skiing community and the 2010 winner of SkiNH's Al Merrill Award for outstanding contributions to cross-country skiing, Perkins provided training opportunities to skiers ranging from school children, college teams, Paralympic and Junior National competitors to Olympic-level athletes.

 Perkins is a board member emeritus of the international trade association of cross-country ski areas — CCSAA. He was the recipient of the North American Ski Journalist Association Lifetime Achievement Award and was named one of 25 Nordic Heroes in the United States in a feature article in Cross Country Skier Magazine. Perkins represented New Hampshire's cross-country ski industry as a member of the board of SkiNH, the trade association for the state's alpine and Nordic areas.

 During his tenure, Perkins nourished the unique circumstances under which Jackson Ski Touring Foundation was founded. With almost all foundation trails located on private, government or town-owned land, Perkins was a steward for private landowners and a hero to cross-country ski enthusiasts, working tirelessly to provide skiing and economic benefits to the region. He proposed legislation enacted in 2013, which increases protection from liability for landowners who permit use of their land for recreational purposes.

 "We as a community recognize the tremendous strides Thom has made over the decades to position the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation as one of the most recognized cross-country skiing and snowshoeing facilities in the United States. Thom's name is synonymous with the foundation and cross-country skiing in New England," said Kevin Killourie, president of Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.

 The foundation has announced that Breanne Torrey, director of operations, has been promoted to acting director of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Torrey has worked at the foundation for the past five seasons in many capacities, including director of ski patrol. She received her bachelor of science from the University of Maine in National Parks, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.

 "Brea's education, five years of experience at Jackson Ski Touring and her background make her well-poised to step into the role of acting director," said Sam Harding, vice president of the foundation.

 As part of the transition, respected local businessman and avid outdoor enthusiast Dave Kinsman has been named transition coordinator to assist Torrey. A resident of Fryeburg, Maine, Kinsman has been an active and contributing member of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation community for many years and is a past rental shop manager.

 Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, chartered to maintain trails in and around the village of Jackson. The foundation maintains 150 kilometers of varied cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. The foundation operates under a special-use permit with the White Mountain National Forest, and with the cooperation of 82 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.


We are closed for the season.  A big heartfelt thank you to everyone for all your support and generosity, helping to make it another amazing ski season in the village of Jackson. 

Here's the last video from the season.  Just something to think about during the hot summer season :)

Today's Video

Click here to see the recent NH Chronicle Show about Jackson XC


The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Our Federal Identification Number (EIN) is 02-0305906.

©2014 The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation


March 20 - spring arrives?

Dear Ski Friends,

Spring arrives this afternoon at 12:57 pm., but you wouldn’t know it by the weather.
We got over a foot of snow last night and it’s still snowing.  We've got 26-70" of snow on the ground depending on location and elevation.

Here's my back deck this morning.

Mike and Andy are out in their machines going at full steam getting the trails opened up for today’s skiers.  All of our trails are open. 

The weather forecast has more snow on Saturday and again on Tuesday.  We will remain open until March 30 and then, even though we will be officially closed, our plan is to continue grooming so that you can continue to ski.  Where we will be grooming is the question.  I will post the location on our Facebook page - if you haven’t “Liked” it yet, here’s your chance to get in on a good information resource.

Our season pass sale for 2015 is on until March 31.  Get your 2015 pass at 2014 preseason prices and beat the price increase.  Just click here to order.

Here is the video from Tuesday.  The skiing is about the same (awesome) but the trees are now a bit shorter due to the added snowpack. 

I had a chance to ski the Wildcat Valley Trail this week with Avery Caldwell.  Avery was the Foundation’s first Executive Director and was instrumental in designing this classic trail.  Here are a couple of photos from the trip.  Look for the blue diamond in the right hand photo ((hint: 2 trees to the right of Avery's knees).  We usually put these up high on the backside due to snowpack.








End of season skiing is as good as it gets at Jackson Ski Touring.  I’ll be heading out again shortly.

Drive safely on your way,