From the Director’s Desk

Mar 5, 2015

From the Director's Desk


March 5, 2015

 

Yesterday’s warm temperatures are a sure sign that spring skiing is here after a cold winter.  If you haven’t gotten a lot of skiing in yet this season, now is the time! We will be in the mid to upper 20s for the next couple days, then temperatures will be on the rise again with sunny skies. Come take advantage of the wonderful mid-week skiing conditions. We groomed the entire Hall and Ellis River trails last night, along with the Woodchuck, Wildcat and Eagle Fields and the Wave complex. Lots of terrain to choose from and now that the vacation crowd is back in school, it will feel like you have the place to yourself, Enjoy!

There is still plenty of skiing left to be had this year but it’s never too early to start thinking about next ski season.  The early bird gets the best rate.  For those of you who do not hold a current season pass with us, you can buy your pass today thru March 31 and ski for FREE for the rest of this season and your pass will be good for the entire 2016 ski season!  At only $120 this truly is an unbeatable deal.  For those of you who already have a pass with us this year, buy now for next year as this is the lowest possible rate.  We are experiencing technical difficulties with our on-line store. We are working diligently at fixing these issues. In the meantime if you don’t want to miss out on the early buy deal, give us a call at 603.383.9355 to order over the phone, mail your payment to PO Box 216 Jackson, NH. 03846, or better yet, come on into the touring center. We will let you know when the issues are fixed. Thanks for your patience and understanding.  If you have questions about our season pass pricing, don’t hesitate to ask, email your question to info@Jacksonxc.org, give us a call or stop in and ask our friendly staff.

Hope to see you all at the first Annual Jackson Ski Fest this Saturday.  Great skiing, fun games, face painting, food and live music from 2:00-4:00, It’s going to be a blast!  Come celebrate the season with us.Still to come: Jen’s Friends Fundraiser Paddle Foot Snowshoe fun run relay and March 18, Jackson Junior Skier Scholarship Fund Pizza benefit dinner & 50/50 raffle at the Red Fox. Order in or take out.  Proceeds support young athletes in the Mount Washington Valley.

Come on up, over or down, the skiing is truly fantastic!

I’ll see you on the trails

Breanne

 

 

February 28, 2015

Good Morning,

Jackson Ski Touring Staff and friends had a great time last night conducting the torch light parade to kick off the snow sculpture event taking place all weekend here in Jackson Village.  Be sure to ski through the park and down to Nestlenook to see the sculptures. They are so impressive!

Today is looking like a spectacular one here in Jackson.  Sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-20s and perfectly groomed packed powder snow.  This is the time to ski and snowshoe the trails of Jackson Ski Touring.  The recommend tour de jour for long distance skiers is the Ellis River, Hall Trail loop. Be sure to stop by the Cocoa cabin on the Ellis River Trail as well.  The upper fields and the Wave will be a fine choice with light winds and blue skies, the views of Carter Notch should be spectacular. You can also bring your 4 legged friend up to Prospect Farm to ski with you. If you do, please be respectful, scoop the poop and be mindful of other skiers and other happy dogs.   Prospect was groomed with the Pisten Bully yesterday, and will still be in good shape today. Enjoy! 

Besides great skiing we have some fun programs and events going on this weekend:

*The Cocoa Café on the Ellis River trail will be open this weekend form 10-3.  Snacks are from our local bakeries and relax by the fire and enjoy the scenery.

* Storyland Element Garden to ski and play in.
*Terrain Course with bumps, jumps and banked corners. Located on the Wentworth Fields.
* Guided Naturalist Snowshoe Tours: Saturday and Sunday at 10 am for the early birds and 1 pm for those who rather head out after lunch.

* FREE Waxing Clinic sponsored by Gorham Bike and Ski at 12:00 pm on Saturday at the touring center. They will start with the basics, but if you are looking for some for tips for the intermediate waxer, they will be able to assist you there as well. Come learn how to wax from the best.  Proper wax on your skis will greatly enhance your skiing experience, especially on those so called “waxless” skis.

*Special Conquering the Downhills Lesson at 1:30 on Saturday and Sunday. Only $18
*Ski with a "Friend of Jackson Ski Touring" Tour Saturday Morning at 10 am. FREE with your day or seasons pass.

*Toddler Trails and Tales; 1 hour ski (shuffle) followed by stories and snacks in the Touring center. Series is for babies/toddlers ages 0-4. All pulks, backpacks and little skis welcome. Series is held on Saturday February 28th and March 7 from 9am -11am. Program is FREE with adult day or seasons pass.

*Alpine Sunday; If you went alpine skiing anytime during this past week, show us your lift ticket from any mountain, and we will give you 33% off EVERYTHING. Trail pass, rentals and lessons.  You already love skiing, try cross country too!

...And remember, Kids under age 10 ski and snowshoe for FREE every day of the season!

We hope to see you on the trails!

Breanne

 

 

February 12, 2015

Good morning Folks,

For all you Powder Hounds out there, search no further, we have it here at Jackson Ski Touring.  It snowed for days earlier in the week.  We picked up about 7” in the lower elevations and 8” to 10” in the higher elevations over Saturday night into Monday. We are proud to report that Northern New England has some of the best skiing in the country right now.

The tour de jour for intermediate skiers today will be the South Hall and around Maple Mountain or the Wave complex. East Pasture was small machine groomed and the Village Trails had the Pisten Bully Laying out track and cord yesterday and will still be nice skiing.  For beginner skiers or those that are looking for a more relaxed ski, the Ellis River trail, upper fields and Prospect Farm are fabulous.

We are 100% open and filled in. The Terrain Course on the Wentworth is open! We have jumps, bumps and banked corners. Fun for all ages and great place practice your balance, downhill and climbing skills.

On Friday, we have Friday Gliders and Easy Sliders Social Ski Tour.  This group leaves the touring center at 1:00 and will return at 3:00 to enjoy a little après ski. This is a great way to make some new ski friends, and possibly ski a trail that you have never ventured on before.

Come enjoy the epic mid-winter conditions! It truly does not get much better than what we have right now.

I’ll see you out on the trails!

Breanne

 

 

 

 

February 7, 2015


Good Day Ski Friends,

Thank Goodness the weekend is here! We’ve been having a great week, picked up another 8” of beautiful powder over the past 5 days!   It has been such a treat receiving such nice snow, we don’t see this type of powder on the East Coast too often.  The time is now to get out to enjoy it.  We are 100% open here at Jackson Ski Touring, the backcountry conditions are fabulous as well.

Last night we groomed all of the Village Trails, out to the beginning of the re-route on the Ellis River Trail, The Wave complex and the Woodchuck, Wildcat and Eagle Mountain Fields. The seasonal bridge is in across the Wildcat River, connecting Woodchuck & Wildcat Fields.  This bridge has really improved the fluidity of this section of our trail network. Tonight we will be freshening up even more terrain for the weekend ahead.  Now that the Pat’s have won the Super Bowl, there is nothing holding you back from a wonderful ski. 

Besides the incredible skiing, we have many activities going on as well. Being Friday, there is the Friday Gliders and Easy Sliders social ski tour hitting the trails from 1:00-3:00 today.  This program is a great way to get out, make some new ski friends and return to have snacks and beverages.  It is also not too late to sign up for our 4 week skate clinic series. We held one in January and it was a great success. Skate Clinic Series starts today, February 6th -27th.  This will be a 4 part clinic offered on Friday mornings from 10:00-11:30.  For season pass holders the cost is only $75 for the entire clinic and just $100 for nonmembers. -That a great deal, only $25 for an hour and a half skate lesson. Clinic size is limited to 8 people.  If you sign up for the clinic, we will also provide you with $10.00 rentals for you to be able to practice your skills before your next class. If you would like to register or would like more information, please email info@jacksonxc.org or give us a call at 603.383.9355.

The Cocoa Café on the Ellis River Trail will be Open all weekend and every day of school vacation week from 10:00-3:00. We’ll have the fire going so be sure to stop by grab a snack from our local bakeries and roast some s’mores, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or just relax and take in the scenery. Our Storyland Element Garden will be available to play in. Ski through hoops and around a small course, take pictures with our wooden characters Tundra the Polar Bear or Mighty Moose and more. We almost have enough snow to really build up our terrain course on the Wentworth Fields, right out the back door of the touring center.  Once we get just a little more snow, we’ll be able to build up some bumps, jumps and banked corners.  This terrain course is so much fun for people of all ages, and it’s a great way to do some terrain based learning and balance practice. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know when it is completed.  

As always, we will be offering our very popular, Guided Naturalist Snowshoe Tours on Saturday and Sunday.  Tours hit the trails at 10:00am and 1:00 pm, and they are only $10.00!  The tours are 2 hours, you will have a fun learning some interesting facts about the forest and getting some exercise as well. Our entertaining guides, Peter & Rob, do a great job catering the tour to the people who arrive.  From more relaxed terrain to something slightly more ambitious, we have the tour for you.

On Saturday, our retail partner Gorham Bike & Ski will be hosting a FREE Waxing Clinic at 12:00 in the Touring Center.  They will start with the basics, but if you are looking for some tips for the intermediate waxer, they will be able to assist you there as well. Come learn how to wax from the best.  Proper wax on your skis will greatly enhance your skiing experience, especially on those so called “waxless” skis.

On Sunday, Fischer & Tubbs will be at Jackson Ski Touring doing a FREE Demo Day.  If you are thinking that you might like to buy some new boots, skis, poles or snowshoe this is the perfect opportunity to take the gear out for a test drive, or to get a feel for the modern equipment if you are still skiing on that vintage equipment.

Sunday is of course, Alpine Sunday here at Jackson Ski Touring. If you are an alpine enthusiast and love cross country skiing, or would like to try Cross country skiing, we have a great deal for you. If you went downhill skiing, anywhere, over the past week, bring in your lift ticket, it’s probably still on your jacket, and we will give you 33% of everything! Your trail pass, rental and even a lesson to get you going.  It is such an affordable way to try another form of skiing on Sunday before you head back home.  …You already love skiing, come try another form of it.

Ski with a Friend of Jackson Ski Touring on Sunday morning at 10:00 am.  Meet Maryellen by the fireplace at the touring center.  Ski with a friend tours are geared to get people to experience a trail that they haven’t skied before, or for those who are just looking for someone to show them the trails. These tours are FREE with your day or seasons pass. Come make a new Ski Friend!

If you are the type to plan well in advance, we have many more events and programs still to come this season.

*Dave Duncanson Groomed Trail Challenge, February 14

*Potluck Dinner with the American Heart Association and silent trail sign auction to benefit JSTF 5:00PM, February 14.

*Junior Ski Program Benefit pizza party at the Red Fox, February 25th

*Jackson Ski Fest, March 7th

*Jen's Friends Cancer Foundation PaddleFoot Snowshoe run, March 15

If you would like to receive our daily conditions report directly to your inbox every morning, we would be happy to add you to the list.  Send your request and email address to info@Jacksonxc.org. It’s the best way to stay the most up to date on conditions.

Hope you can join in on the fun this weekend, and I’ll see you out on the trails!

Breanne

 

 

February 3, 2015

Yesterday, Punxsutawney Phil the ground hog called for 6 more weeks of winter! We also picked up another 6” of powder yesterday as well. We are loving this recent weather pattern!  We have received 20” of snow over the past two weeks.  This has brought us to being 100% open.  The saddle on the North Hall Trail and the High Water trail has filled in.  You can now enjoy the Hall, Ellis River loop. Now that the Pat’s have won the Super Bowl, there is nothing holding you back from enjoying the simply, beautiful mid-winter conditions that we have out there. 

We groomed the entire Ellis River Trail, High Water and North Hall last night.  The Woodchuck, Wildcat, Eagle fields, along with the Wave complex have also been groomed for both classic and skate techniques. Prospect Farm is being groomed out as I speak.  You will have a hard time deciding what trails to ski today, they are all fantastic!

If you are looking to get out and enjoy the full moon this evening, the Friends of Jackson Ski Touring are leading a FREE Full Moon Snowshoe tour to the Christmas Farm Inn.  The tour will leave the Touring Center at 6:00pm and trek up to the Inn, where you will head inside to enjoy the cozy atmosphere and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies.  You can also help yourself to an adult beverage at the bar and even make plans to stay for dinner.  They have prepared a special turkey dinner for the group.  If you would like to sign up and let us know you will be participating, or if you would like more information, give us a call at 603-383-9355.

Tuesday Trekkers snowshoe tour will also be heading out today at 1:00pm and will be out for a 2 hour tour.  All this fresh powder makes for prefect snowshoe conditions. I went snowshoeing yesterday, and it was divine! So quiet and soft, and I saw some fresh animal tracks. This guided naturalist tour is only $10 and so much fun!

If you are making plans for tomorrow, you are in luck.  Tomorrow is 2-4-1 Wednesday deal day! No printed coupons needed.  Just come on in with a friend and both you can ski for the price of one. Gorham Bike and Ski, our retail partner will also be hosting a FREE Waxing 101 clinic tomorrow at 12:00 in the touring.  Go put some wax on those skis and don’t miss out on incredible skiing we have to offer.

As always, if you would like to receive our daily conditions report directly to your inbox every morning, we would be happy to add you to the list.  Send your request and email address to info@Jacksonxc.org. It’s the best way to stay the most up to date on conditions.

I’ll see you out on the trails!

Breanne

 

January 31, 2015

Andy Inkell making magic on the Ellis River Trail

 

Dear Ski Friends,

We have the best conditions of the season! We are picking up more snow today through Saturday morning. Total accumulation predicted to be another 5-8” by the time the storm moves out.  We will have the Pisten Bully out on the trails throughout the morning grooming out this fresh snow on the Southern end of the Ellis River, Woodchuck & Eagle Mountain Fields and the Wave. The Village trails were groomed yesterday and East Pasture was groomed yesterday afternoon.  With a few inches of fresh powder on top, E.P will be incredible! For intermediate to advanced skiers, this would be my tour de jour of choice today.   

The groomers will be working hard tonight, laying tracks and cord on everything available for the weekend. The Cocoa Café on the Ellis River Trail will be open all weekend from 10:00-3:00pm. We’ll have the fire going, be sure to stop by grab a snack from our local bakeries and roast some s’mores, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or just relax and take in the scenery. 

Our guided tour snowshoe tours with a naturalist will be hitting the trails both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 and 1:00pm.  It is an entertaining and educational 2 hour tour, only $10.  With all this new snow the conditions could not be better.  There will also be a FREE Waxing clinic (Waxing 101) sponsored by Gorham Bike and Ski at the Touring Center at 12:00. Bring your lunch or a snack and learn more about waxing your skis.  In the sport of cross country skiing, a good wax job can really improve your experience. As always, our Storyland element play garden will open this weekend. Ski through hoops and around a small course, take pictures with our wooden characters Tundra the Polar Bear or Mighty Moose and more.

Ski with a Friend of Jackson Ski Touring on Sunday morning at 10:00 am.  Meet Marianne by the fireplace at the touring center.  Ski with a friend tours are geared to get people to experience a trail that they haven’t skied before, or for those who are just looking for someone to show them the trails. These tours are FREE with your day or seasons pass. Come make a new Ski Friend!

Seriously, the skiing is epic! You don’t want to miss this weekend, but if you are the type to plan well in advance, we have many more events and programs still to come this season.

*The Friends of Jackson Ski Touring are hosting a FREE Full Moon Snowshoe Tour to the Christmas Farm Inn on February 3rd from 6-8pm. You can plan to stay for dinner.

*4 Part Skate Clinic Series starting February 6th.

*Fischer/Tubbs Demo Day, February 8th

*Groomed Trail Challenge, February 14

*Potluck Dinner with the American Heart Association and silent trail sign auction to benefit JSTF 5:00PM, February 14.

*Jackson Ski Fest, March 7th

*Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation Paddle foot Snowshoe 5K relay and Nature Tour. Proceeds support Jen’s Friends, March 15

If would like to register or would like more information on any of these events or programs give us a call at 603-383-9355 or email; info@Jacksonxc.org

If you would like to receive our daily conditions report directly to your inbox every morning, we would be happy to add you to the list.  Send your request and email address to info@Jacksonxc.org. It’s the best way to stay the most up to date on conditions.

I’ll see you on the trails!

Breanne

 

 

 

 

January 27, 2015

The big news for today is the Winter Storm Warning that is in effect.  We are right on the line to receive 10-18 inches by Wednesday morning. The snow has just started coming down, bring it on blizzard of 2015!  We held off on grooming last night, waiting to pack down the snow throughout the day.  High winds are predicted with this storm, so we will be working on keeping the snow packed down on the open fields, we will also be grooming the Southern Ellis River Trail and the Wave complex.  I am sure most are taking a snow day today, what better way to enjoy it, then to go for a great ski. If you can’t make it up today, call in sick tomorrow, it will so be worth it.

You still have a few days left to take advantage of January Learn to Ski Month for $19. This low price includes your trail pass for the day, your rentals and a 1 hour beginner classic lesson to get you started.    You can join in on Thursday and this coming Saturday. You must call or email info@jacksonxc.org at least 1 day in advance. With this new snow, it’s a wonderful time to learn to ski.

Ski with a Friend of Jackson Ski Touring on Sunday morning at 10:00 am.  Meet Marianne by the fireplace at the touring center.  Ski with a friend tours are geared to get people to experience a trail that they haven’t skied before, or for those who are just looking for someone to show them the trails. These tours are FREE with your day or seasons pass. Come make a new Ski Friend!

Stay tuned for total snowfall amounts with this storm and if you can’t make it today, we hope to see you this weekend.

If you would like to receive our daily conditions report directly to your inbox every morning, we would be happy to add you to the list.  Send your request and email address to info@Jacksonxc.org. It’s the best way to stay the most up to date on conditions.

I’ll see you out on the trails!

Breanne

 

 

 

 

January 21, 2015

Good Wednesday Morning folks. The trails are draining out and freezing up.  We still have plenty of snow. Seriously, the conditions are really nice! It is also 2-4-1 deal Wednesday.  No coupons needed.  Just show up with a friend and both of you can ski for half price or one of you can ski for FREE.

 Last night we groomed the entire Ellis River Trail.  You will have to access the trail from the village.  The river crossing at Dana Place has opened up.  We will let you know when it refreezes. We also freshened up the Wave complex, Eagle, Wildcat & Woodchuck fields.  We had to pull the seasonal bridge over the Wildcat River before the storm. Better safe than sorry right.  We will let you know when it gets back in place.

The crew is busy getting ready for the White Mountain Classic 30K Race this coming Saturday.  Have no fear, we still have plenty of open terrain for recreational skiers and this is a fun spectator event.  We close down the roads here in Jackson, cover them with snow, so that skiers can ski right through the village.   The weekend ahead looks like it will bring some sunshine and seasonable temperatures and we’ll have good conditions for skiing, come on up, over or down to Jackson and enjoy great skiing and watch a fun event.

I’ll see you out on the trails!

Breanne

 

 

 

t’s Friday, the weekend is upon us and I hope you have Jackson Ski Touring in your plans for the extended weekend. Last night we freshened up the Village Trails.  If you haven’t skied these before, you have to try them out. They represent old New England ski trails at their best.  We groomed the Wave, Eagle and Woodchuck fields along with John, Henry & the Betty Whitney Trail.  The Ellis River Trail will be great skiing on Thursday’s groom and will freshening up lots of terrain tonight for the weekend. Besides the incredible skiing we also have lots of fun actives for the entire family.

v  We have guided naturalist snowshoe tours going out on the trails at 10:00 am & 1:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. 

Cocoa Café will be open from 10:00 – 3:00 this weekend and Monday. . Be sure to stop by, warm by the fire or roast s’mores, enjoy a delicious baked good from local bakeries, a cup of hot cocoa or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Ski with a Friend of Jackson Ski Touring on Sunday morning at 10:00 am.  Meet Anne-Marie by the fireplace.  Ski with a friend tours are geared to get people to experience a trail that they haven’t skied before, or for those who are just looking for someone to show them the trails. These tours are FREE with your day or seasons pass. Come make a new Ski Friend!

v  Our Storyland element garden will open this weekend. Ski through hoops and around a small course, take pictures with Tundra the Polar Bear or Mighty Moose.   

v  The White Mountain Classic 30K is on January 24th.  Registration is currently $65 until the 19th of January.  If you don’t necessarily want to race 30k, sign up for the touring class and challenge yourself to be able to ski 30K. We close down the roads here in Jackson, so you can ski right across, it’s a fun event, and all proceeds go to support Junior Nordic programs in the Mount Washington Valley. After all, “It’s all for the kids!” Click on the link above for more information, and to register at Skireg.com

v  This month is also American Heart Association Pledge Month.  Saturday 1/17 is our Go Red Kickoff Event.  You can simply register and a portion of the proceeds goes to AHA, or you can get pledges based on the number of hours you ski.  This is a great way to build awareness about heart health. For more information, or if you would like to register; email info@Jacksonxc.org.

The weather looks beautiful this weekend.  Hope you can join us. If you would like to receive our daily conditions report directly to your inbox every morning, we would be happy to add you to the list.  Send your request and email address to info@Jacksonxc.org. It’s the best way to stay the most up to date on conditions.

I’ll see you out on the trails!

Breanne

 

 

December 26, 2014

I hope all had safe and happy holiday.  Mother Nature gifted us with some strong precipitation, though it was not in the form that we prefer.  Luckily the rains blew off to the east early yesterday morning, and our snow was able to drain over the last 24 hours.  Our groomers were out last night freshening up the tracks and skate platform on the Southern end of the Ellis River Trail, Wentworth fields and Prospect Farm.  High winds last night brought a number of trees down with some debris, which is slowing the groomers down, just a little that is.  Mike will be grooming the Eagle Mountain Fields and the Wave later this morning.  The Yodel Trail has become narrower with thin spots, it is NOT recommended today. 

All in all, we have some nice skiing out there. You’ll just have to come check it out for yourself. 

Guided snowshoe tours with Peter and Rob will be going out on the trails today at 10:00 am and 1:00pm.  Be sure not to miss the Cocoa Café on the Ellis River Trail.  The cabin will be open from 9:00 – 3:00pm every day this coming week. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, a baked good from local bakeries, and relax by the fire and enjoy the scenery. 

We will also be hosting a FREE Waxing demonstration, “Waxing 101”, sponsored by Swix tomorrow in the touring center at 12:00.  A great wax job has an enormous impact on your skiing experience, especially on those “waxless” skis.  Come learn from the best! 

For the little ones, our Storyland Element garden is available, it’s a fun place to play around on skis and take pictures with some of our newest friends, Mighty Moose or Tundra the Polar Bear.  Our Terrain course will open just as soon as we have more snow to really build up those rollers, banked corners and Nordic jumps.   

It’s also time to register for the White Mountain Classic 30K.  Until 1/5/2015 registration is only $50 for those who would like to race.  For the Touring Class; those who do not want to be timed and are looking to check off their bucket list that they were able to ski a 30K, registration is only $40.  Don’t miss out on the early registration fees.  To Register, click on the image above to go directly to skireg.com. 

Here at Jackson Ski Touring, we have great skiing and truly have something for everyone. 

Hope to see you out on the trails!

Breanne

At last, our Annual Newsletter has arrived!  We have a lot of exciting news to share about the past few summer months and the coming season.  I don't want to spoil your read, so you will have to check it out for yourself. Be sure to go to the General Info Tab on our Website > Media Center and click on the 2014/2015 Newsletter.