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Landowner Bengt Karlsson Contributes Key Trail Easement to Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

Jackson, N.H. (July 12, 2010) -- Thom Perkins, Executive Director of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (Jackson XC) announced the gift of a new permanent trail easement from Jackson XC board member Bengt Karlsson.  Karlsson’s contribution secures a key segment of the Yodel Trail, a picturesque roller-coaster of a trail that is one of the main arteries of the Foundation’s 150-kilometer network.

"The Yodel Trail is a major corridor for our skiers.  This easement preserves a section of the trail between the Wentworth and Eagle Mountain Fields," said Perkins. "We truly appreciate all of our landowners who allow us the use of their land for this incredible system.  Bengt Karlsson's deeded easement as well as other deeded easements which we have received help ensure this facility not only for our present skiers but on into the future."

In addition to allowing skiers to access the Wave Competition Trail Network on skis from the Touring Center on Main Street, the Yodel Trail is also a less difficult part of a ski route that provides the 7th greatest continuous vertical drop in North America – from the top of Wildcat to Jackson Village – a distinction that puts Jackson XC in the same vertical league as such top Alpine resorts in the U.S. and Canada as Vail, Whistler and Beaver Creek.

Bengt Karlsson has enjoyed skiing in Jackson for more than 15 years; he developed a passion for Nordic skiing while growing up in his native Sweden.   Karlsson moved to Jackson when he retired, in part because he wanted to be close to an area with cross-country skiing. He notes that donating a permanent easement is more of an investment than a cost; based on his experience in purchasing a property, the availability of cross-country skiing in Jackson Village increases property values overall.

The Karlsson easement is one of several significant contributions received by Jackson Ski Touring Foundation recently.  Last year the Foundation received a donation of 68 acres of land at the end of Carter Notch Road from the Holcombe/Milliken family, and in 2008 it received a parcel of land from Rick Copeland for a trailhead on the Woodchuck Fields Trail and several deeded trail easements, which guarantee continued access to a huge variety of distinct experiences within the JSTF trail network.

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Bengt Karlsson (left) and Thom Perkins (right) announced that Karlsson has donated a permanent easement on a key segment of the Yodel Trail which connects the trails in Jackson Village at the Wentworth Resort to the Eagle Mountain Fields.  The non-profit Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JacksonXC.org) has more than 150 trails many of which have been protected in perpetuity thanks to the foresight and generosity of local landowners.