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JOURNALISTS HONOR JACKSON XC’S THOM PERKINS WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Jackson, N.H. – Thom Perkins, Executive Director of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, has been named as the recipient of the prestigious 2011 North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA) Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless and outstanding contributions to the world of Nordic skiing and snow sports, in general.

Thom Perkins has been the Executive Director of the non-profit Jackson Ski Touring Foundation since 1976 and has led the Touring Center from a vast, untamed trail system to one of the finest cross-country destinations in the United States today. Part of an authentic ski town dedicated to a culture of Nordic skiing, the Jackson Ski Touring Center with Thom Perkins at the helm has become a place of snow sports education, health and, of course, good times.

NASJA is an organization of more than 250 writers, authors, photographers, filmmakers and broadcasters who report snowsport-related information throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and acts as an umbrella organization for the three regional affiliates for Eastern, Western and Midwestern North America. Bill Clapper of the Eastern Ski Writer’s Association says of the NASJA Lifetime Achievement Award, “This is one of the top two awards the NASJA gives out.” Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award are submitted from the Eastern, Western and Midwestern regions and the recipient of the award is chosen by a majority of votes.

Perkins joins the ranks of previous recipients of the NASJA Lifetime Achievement Award including Peter Ingvolstad from Smuggler’s Notch, Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post, world-renown painter of winter sports and events, Cecile Ryden Johnson and more. Through hard work and dedication to building and furthering the spirit a Nordic tradition and culture, Perkins actively strives to encourage the next generation of future skiers to get out and involved in snow sports every day.

“I have a great deal of respect for the members of NASJA and what they do. I am following in the footsteps of some pretty amazing people in the ski industry. I am humbled that they selected me to be the recipient of this honor,” says Perkins.

Perkins corresponds daily with visitors to the Jackson Ski Touring Center through various social media channels including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, blogging and personal emails to subscribers of the Touring Center’s website. Making a point to stay on the cutting edge of today’s technology has helped Perkins shepherd Jackson XC from the early days to the large-scale cross-country destination it is today.

Perkins sits on the Board of Directors of Ski NH, and is a Board Member Emeritus of Cross Country Ski Areas Association, an international trade association of XC ski areas. He is active in the Eastern Ski Writers Association representing Jackson as a corporate member and is also a performing musician and U.S. Coast Guard licensed merchant marine captain.

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.