First Time To Jackson
About Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
"Preserving Nordic Ski Culture in Jackson Village"
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 150 km of trails that are considered the finest cross-country ski trails in the Eastern United States. We present state of the art grooming on trails designed to suit every taste and ability, whether you prefer quiet striding through old growth New England forest or all out free technique on international race courses. All this is contained within a charming New England village that takes pride in its long established traditions of great skiing and warm hospitality. Foundation trails also 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 74 landowners. The Foundation maintains a courtesy patrol and rescue service.
Everyone using the trails must a valid day or season pass. Season Pass benefits include: unlimited trail use for the season; a series of newsletters with current programs and events; the Kilometer card program with incentives to ski new trails or more demanding distances; a comprehensive calendar of events; club member window decal; free parking; use of day space and wax room.
Our educational programs include tours, technique workshops, children’s ski games after school, race volunteer workshops, use of sit-skis for disabled skiers, training for disabled skier guides, and waxing demonstrations.
The Foundation is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.
First, let's get you here in the quickest, most stress-free way possible. By car, Jackson village is located just off NH Route 16. We are 10 miles south of Mount Washington, along a scenic road (the state and local road crews do a splendid job of keeping the roads clear and safe). If you approach from the South, the Conways (10 miles) tempt you with extensive, tax-free shopping opportunities. Traveling up from the south on Rte 16, bear right in Glen then it's about 2 miles to Jackson Village. Take the second Rte 16 A to the right and the Touring Center is 1/3 mile on your right. See MAP of the village.
If you decide to come by plane, the Portland Maine Jetport is 71 miles from Jackson. It is serviced by DELTA, UNITED, CONTINENTAL, USAir, NORTHWEST BUSINESS EXPRESS, CONTINENTAL EXPRESS, and USAir EXPRESS. Major rental car agencies include AVIS, BUDGET, HERTZ, and NATIONAL. All are located at the terminal. Directions from Portland and Manchester Airports are found in FAQ page. Your rental agency can also provide specific information directing you to Jackson. Eastern Slope Regional Airport (25 minutes by car) 207-935-2800 has charter air service available through Fryeburg Aviation. They offer rates very competitive with scheduled airlines if you are traveling anywhere in New England with 2 to 5 people. The area is also serviced by Concord Trailways bus service. The bus arrives in the village from Boston at 9:20 each evening. Most inns and lodges will meet you at the bus stop and provide transportation to your accommodations.
Once you are here, we will do our best to see that you have the ski vacation that you looked forward to. Choose to join in the array of learning and adventure programs or find a serene woodland trail all to yourself. When making your reservations, be sure to inquire about the Learn-to-Ski opportunities and the advantages of becoming an annual Jackson Ski Touring Club member. Your choices don’t stop with skiing -- after your day of snow sports, sample the social life of this unique ski town. Choose from a quiet evening by a warm fireplace or the lively entertainment of a traditional pub. Ski Further information and links to lodging properties.
In choosing the dates for your ski vacation, it is helpful to know the climatic conditions of our area. The early season (beginning of December through mid-January) offers variable snow conditions. The daylight hours are shorter but the snow is generally drier. Mid-winter conditions prevail from mid-January through the end of February. During this time the temperatures are at their lowest but the snow is generally powder and the ski conditions can be superior. The advantages to late season (March) skiing are that you have more daylight hours and the temperatures are milder. The snow can be wetter and a bit slower but this can be a perfect time to try those more challenging trails. The altitudes of our trails affect the snow conditions as well. The Village trails wind around at 750' - 1000' and our higher altitude areas with trails for beginner, intermediates and experts wind over ridges and connect to the high peak areas of the White Mountains. The ski conditions frequently vary from one section of our trails to another. The ski conditions board located in the Foundation's information office is up-dated throughout the day.
Jackson has many fine restaurants. Most are on the trails and others are close by. Finding a really good meal is not a problem. Sleigh rides, ice skating, shopping, galleries, indoor swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs, pastry and coffee shops are all available in Jackson. Information about the amenities is available by dialing 1-800-866-3334.
Dressing for cross country skiing isn't difficult. The key to comfort is layering. Non-restrictive clothing including polypropylene long underwear, t-neck, warm sweater, then a wind-proof layer seems to be the most adaptable and comfortable arrangement. Jeans are not the ultimate wear for our sport. Wool, not cotton, socks are also most suitable for maximum comfort. Downhill, snowmobile suits, and other heavily insulated clothing are far too warm, especially for beginning skiers. Consult with the Nordic Skier Shop in the Touring Center building in the middle of the village if you have questions. They carry a full line of excellent clothing and accessories as well as skis, boots. The Foundation offers a range of cross-country lessons for all levels and rents ski equipment by the day or week. .
In preparing to ski our trails on your vacation, remember that gentle stretching is important to prepare your muscles for comfortable exercise and take frequent breaks to look at the scenery to pace yourself on your first day skiing.
Lodging Information 1-800-866-3334