From the Director’s Desk

Dec 21, 2010

News and Events

December 21, 2010
Dear Ski Friends,

Christmas week is fast approaching and although Jackson has yet to see a snowfall significant enough to open our trails, we expect snow in the coming days and are ready for it. There is a new dusting of snow on the ground, and it's steadily snowing lightly. The trail crew is inspecting the trail system right now, and we have almost enough snow to open some of the upper routes for you. We're expecting more snow in the next 24 hours, and as soon as the snow base is solid enough, we will open. When we do open our trails, we will update our information on the Conditions Page of our website, so be sure to check in often.

In other news, I have added two new snowshoe trail maps for the Holcombe Property Snowshoe Trail and the Mirror Lake Snowshoe Path to our website. These maps can be viewed by following the links or visiting the Trail Network section of our website.

The Gorham Bike and Ski Shop is open for business with extremely competitive prices, so if you're looking to get last-minute stocking stuffers or Christmas gifts, feel free to drop by. The SWIX and Fischer concept shop looks great, and the Touring Center now features the history of SWIX around the base lodge - not something you see every day.

We look forward to seeing you on the trails this winter.

Drive safely on your way,


December 9
Dear Ski Friends,

It’s fun to observe.  This is the time of year everyone starts panicking about snow.  After so many years of watching the winters approach and the way the seasons change, I find the recent weather encouraging and peoples worrying so typical.  Snow is in the upper elevations and on the western sides of the mountains.  The ground is freezing nicely and the rivers have ice starting to form.  All goods signs of the fun that’s about to start.

This Saturday is our December Potluck Dinner here at the Center.  It is also our annual Sign Silent Auction.  Come and bid on a sign.  This year we have 8 signs up for sale.  It starts at 6:00 with app dishes and then 6:30 dinner.

As soon as the snow is on the ground, we will have our ski school up and running.  If you are a season member, you can take advantage of the Free Tune-Up Lessons.

People are signing up for the weekly Friday Gliders (classic skiing)- which starts on Jan 7th - and Tuesday Trekkers (snowshoeing) - which starts on Jan 4th.  These programs are fun way of getting out with friends new and old and are very social.  2 hrs of recreation followed by an hour of chat, refreshments and beverages in the Center.

The Gorham Bike and Ski Concept Shop really looks good.  There are lots of toys to come and touch.  Also, consider a Jackson Ski Touring Foundation gift certificate for a holiday gift. 

Skiing will be here soon.  Get out and get some exercise so you can enjoy the winter in the forest here at Jackson.

My broken leg feels strong and hopefully the cast comes off tomorrow....then let the fun begin!

Drive safely on your way,

Nov 2010
Dear Ski Friends,

I’m envisioning a 23 f degree day with blue skies and Andy’s perfectly packed powder grooming on the decent off the north slope of Popple Mtn.  I’m taking it easy and only doing about Warp 3 because I want to look around at the scenery.   My skis are fast and the wind on my face is brisk.  I put a dry hat on at the summit so I’m feeling warm enough……

Enough daydreaming…..the fall colors are just about gone and the weather today is really nice.  The trail crew has been hard at work getting the trails in top shape for the coming winter.  The Pisten Bully machines are being tuned up and will be ready for the excellent conditions that the weather pundits are predicting for the winter.  NOAA – “If enough cold air and moisture are in place, areas north of the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast could see above-average snow…”

Coming up, we have the Annual Ski Swap and Sale on Nov 13th

You can bring in good used equipment that you wish to sell anytime during regular business hours (8:00 – 4:00 p.m.) starting Nov 8th through the 12th.  You can also bring in gear on the 13th between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.  The sale starts at 9:00 a.m. sharp on the 13th.  Gear is already starting to show up.  You will find other useful information on that webpage as well.

Nov 6th is our volunteer trailwork day.  We will gather at the Touring Center at 8:30 a.m.  Bring a pack with lunch and fluids and wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing.  The work will concentrate on clearing the snowshoe trails with our trail crew leading groups.  Let me know if you can help so that we can plan the day.  Please email me at

The Gorham Bike and Ski’s Nordic Concept Shop is scheduled to officially open on Nov 13th.  Look for this billboard on your way up Route 16 in Ossipee.

Concept Shop Billboard



We have the Jackson's Swenor Fall Classic Rollerski Race of Truth that day (Nov 20) which starts with registration at 8:30 and first racer off at 10a.m.  We are looking for a few volunteers to help with traffic control for that morning.  Let me know if you can help. 

Reminder:  The discount deadline for season passes is fast approaching.

Real Snow Skiing will be here soon.  Get out and get some exercise and enjoy the forest in winter here in Jackson.

Drive safely on your way,


p.s. The annual Jackson Ski Touring Club newsletter is now available online.