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For Immediate Release Contact:
Thom Perkins, Executive Director
(603) 383-9355
thom@jacksonxc.org


Jackson Ski Touring Foundation Announces New Director of
Operations, Equipment, Lodging Packages and Trail Upgrades
for 2013-14 Ski Season


JACKSON, NH – New grooming equipment, trail improvement and a new director
of operations will make winter cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the
quintessential village of Jackson, NH, even more spectacular.


“We are really looking forward to another great season,” said Jackson Ski
Touring Foundation’s Executive Director Thom Perkins. “Upgrading our grooming
equipment and trail improvements, along with Breanne’s promotion to Director of
Operations, are examples of our commitment to providing an extraordinary
experience for skiers and snowshoers coming to Jackson and our vision for the
future.”


Skiers can take advantage of a number of packages offered through the
www.jacksonxc.org/skiandstay website. Packages range from Ski and Stay to
Snowshoe and Stay; romantic to athletic. All are in place to offer skiers a high
value while saving money. Season passes to the trails are on sale now at a
preseason discount. Adults are only $115, juniors range from $20 – $40
depending on age and children under 10 are always free.


The Foundation is upgrading the fleet of snow grooming tractors with a brand
new $185,000 state-of-the-art Kassborher PB 100 grooming vehicle and by also
purchasing a new grooming implement to supplement their early season
grooming fleet. The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation has the largest trail system
in the east and is known for the quality of its world-class grooming. The new PB
100 incorporates the latest in grooming technology and is much anticipated by
Jackson’s veteran grooming staff.


“The Foundation has over the years spent hundreds of thousands of dollars
preparing the surface of the trails to be able to groom with the first snow of the
season. Skiers can be assured that with this new equipment the Ski Touring
Foundation’s crew will be able to provide even better skiing,” Perkins continued.
Trail improvements continue to be made on a prioritized schedule. The parking
lot at East Pasture Loop has already been expanded and resurfaced to improve
access to these trails. Additionally, a new aluminum bridge will link the
Woodchuck Fields and the Wildcat Valley Fields/Eagle Mountain Fields, two
beginner trail sections, to ensure an important season-long connection.
This season will see an expansion of the Storyland Element Garden at the
Touring Center which is designed for young children. A kid-friendly terrain
garden will be added to the offering.


Breanne Torrey, who has worked at the Foundation since 2009 and most
recently held the position of Head of Patrol, has been promoted to Director of
Operations. In this role and under Perkins’ tutelage, she will oversee all office
staff, the rental shop, ski school and trail operations departments as well as
patrol. She fills a newly created staffing position to allow Perkins to concentrate
on long-term goals of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.
The Foundation continues to partner with the White Mountain National Forest
and 76 private landowners to offer great cross country skiing and snowshoe trails
throughout Jackson.


The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is a community based not-for-profit
501(c)(3) organization, chartered to maintain trails in and around the charming
Village of Jackson, NH. The "Foundation" maintains 150 km of varied and
breathtaking cross country ski and snowshoe trails. 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 75
private landowners, and the Village of Jackson. More information about the
Foundation and its offerings can be found on the web at www.jacksonxc.org.