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Year ‘Round Grooming = Great Snow on Jackson XC Trails NOW

Jackson, N.H. (Feb. 5, 2010) – As the Mid-Atlantic braces for a blockbuster snowstorm, cross country skiers in Jackson, N.H., will be enjoying a serendipitous combination of mid-winter snow conditions and moderate temperatures.  Thanks to decades of year ‘round trail maintenance, more than 60 kilometers (36+ miles) of trails have excellent snow-cover and are groomed for cross country skiers of all abilities.  Surfaces are a combination of powdery new natural snow mixed in with groomed loose granular snow; and there is grooming for classic technique (the traditional kick and glide) as well as a wide corduroy platform for skating technique.

The reason snow conditions are so good is that the trails in Jackson are manicured to a “lawn-like” condition in the “off season” so that they hold onto natural snow for as long as possible and are able to be groomed as if there is much more snow below the surface. “In Jackson, cross country skiing is what we do, it is not an amenity or a side-job, we have worked all year, for many years, to make sure the skiing is good today,” says Jackson XC’s Executive Director Thom Perkins.

Realizing that skiers are a skeptical audience, Jackson has posted current photographs and links to video footage on its website, www.jacksonxc.org.

“You really have to ski it to believe it, and we invite skiers to see the snow for themselves online to help decide to come up this weekend,” said Perkins.  “Anyone who puts off skiing now is wasting a perfectly awesome ski experience.  Winter does not last forever; the time to ski here is right now.”

Perkins has posted video footage and photos of himself and his wife, Denise, skiing on trails that look improbably snowy today and all week.  Denise makes a point of skiing every day of the season, and has today recorded her 59th consecutive day on snow this season.  In addition to traditional reports available on Jackson XC’s website, additional photos and current video, along with more casual reports and conversations with skiers are located at Jackson XC’s Facebook page.

Jackson maintains a large and modern fleet of rental equipment and an instruction program that is designed, as Perkins explains, “to allow you to enjoy cross country skiing the first time out, and make it as easy as possible.”  Information on instruction, renting gear and personal assistance with other question relating to skiing and snowshoeing in Jackson is available by calling (603) 383-9355.

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About Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (J.S.T.F.):  The 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, NH. The "Foundation" maintains 154 km of trails that are considered the finest cross-country ski trails in the Eastern United States. 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 82 private landowners, and the town of Jackson. Website: www.JacksonXC.org.