Our Mission

As a nonprofit organization, the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (Jackson XC) provides recreational and competitive opportunities for cross country skiing and snowshoeing that enrich lives and promote healthy lifestyles for all.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation presents state-of-the-art grooming on trails designed to suit every taste and ability – whether you prefer quiet striding through New England forests or all out skate skiing on an international race course. This 100 kilometer trail network through forest and farmland is woven into the fabric of this classic New England ski village with a heritage of skier 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 76 private landowners and the town of Jackson. The Foundation maintains a courtesy patrol to assist you on the trails if needed and rescue service staff trained and certified with the National Ski Patrol System (NSP). Everyone using the trails must purchase a trail pass or be a season passholder.

The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is a community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, chartered in 1972 to maintain trails in and around the village of Jackson, NH. The “Foundation” maintains 150 km of trails that are considered by many to be the finest cross-country ski trails in the Eastern United States. We offer guests a family-friendly base lodge, top quality groomed cross-country skiing trails, purpose-built snowshoe trails, a superb ski school, fast and friendly service in our first-rate rental shop and a retail shop with excellent ski gear.

Though our mission remains the same as when we started back in 1972, times have changed a little over the past four decades and Jackson Ski Touring is also focused on addressing some of the social and environmental challenges we face today. Through the sport of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, JSTF strives to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, reconnect people with the natural world in this technological age, and protect our natural resources through conservation easements and professionally developed forest stewardship plans.

Board Of Directors

We are so fortunate to have an amazing group of people on our Board

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Debony Deihl

Debony Deihl

President

A lifelong resident of Mt. Washington Valley, Debony Deihl enjoys the unique opportunity she has to live in a place where she can make a living, have skiing, biking, and the outdoors be part of her daily life, and also participate in an organization that is helping others access recreation. Having the trails of Jackson Ski Touring Foundation almost out the door of her busy and popular Debony Salon in Jackson Village and being part of the JSTF board allow her to do just that.
She notes that the Jackson community decided many years ago to make cross-country skiing and recreation a big part of their lives and businesses and they’ve been successful. Participating in JSTF’s mission to connect people to the White Mountain National Forest, to the collective land that local landowners have generously shared with JSTF, and to be a steward of it all is especially rewarding to Deihl. She welcomes interactions with the board, with the community, and with Jackson visitors to learn where there are challenges and also opportunities that can be cultivated.
She notes that as JSTF celebrates its 50th anniversary it will work to continue its close relationships with the landowners and will also to work with other organizations in the Valley to communicate all that the region has to offer. Deihl looks forward to JSTF developing new youth programs, expanding programs for the aging community as well, and continuing to provide world class outdoor recreation for everyone in between.

Ken Kimball

Ken Kimball

Vice President

Ken Kimball, a former high school and college cross-country skiing competitor who still races masters events, considers Nordic skiing one of the best life sports for health and fitness. That was an important reason he and his wife bought a house within walking distance of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation trails in 1983. Prior to joining the board of directors, Ken volunteered to help at many of the major events held at JSTF, such as the World Nordic Championships for the Disabled in 1990 and the U.S.S.A.’s Junior Olympics in 2000.
As the longtime director of research for the Appalachian Mountain Club and now retired, he has both a love of outdoor recreation and extensive knowledge of the spectrum of x-c skier abilities, permitting and other environmental issues. His experience is frequently helpful to JSTF when it wants to modify or build new trails .
Kimball notes that JSTF’s original goal was to bring winter business to Jackson Village, which it has done. Now, he says it has evolved to become an extremely important part of the activities for many in the larger White Mountain Valley community and beyond, offering everything from serious racing, recreation for those just wanting to enjoy the outdoors, programs for the local grammar school children to introduce them to cross-country skiing, to land and trail protection with summer walking opportunities. He appreciates the opportunity to give back to a sport that has given him so many great life experiences and friends.

Bill Ballou

Bill Ballou

Treasurer

As an outdoor sports enthusiast, Bill Ballou has been skiing Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s Nordic trails since 1990 when he and his wife first purchased a vacation home in the area. A Certified Public Accountant, Bill has brought his extensive experience as a chief financial officer in the retail, manufacturing, distribution, and service sectors to JSTF as board treasurer since 2014. In that role, he focuses on providing the board with professional, precise, and usable financial reports to facilitate strategic decisions.
Now a fulltime resident and retired since 2014, he definitely enjoys that Jackson is a premier venue for Nordic skiing, providing both a good product and superior customer experience for locals and for those who visit. He notes that it is clearly one of the economic engines in the Jackson community thanks to the many people who come to Jackson primarily for the cross country skiing experience.

Alan Wilson

Alan Wilson

Secretary

A skier of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation trails since 1997, Alan Wilson brings his expertise as an environmental lawyer and extensive involvement in conservation organizations to his position on the JSTF board. Now retired, Wilson was a vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation. He chaired the board of the Massachusetts Audubon Society from 1989 to 1995 and also served on the board of the National Audubon Society. He has been the elected town moderator in Manchester, Massachusetts since 1995.
He feels that bringing excellent cross country skiing to people passionate about the sport is one of Jackson Ski Touring’s greatest attributes. But with that positive note, Wilson also acknowledges that the greatest challenge to the Foundation going forward is adapting to climate change. He’s also working with the board as it looks very closely at the possibility of snowmaking on some of its network.
In addition to winter skiing, his love of outdoor activity extends to biking, hiking in the White Mountains and the Austrian Alps, and sailing from Manchester down the Maine coast.

Marianne Borowski

Marianne Borowski

Board Member

In her “first career,” Marianne Borowski was an innovative and successful protein biochemist during the early years of biotech. After moving to Mt. Washington Valley in 2003 she embarked on what one might call her second career teaching cross country skiing at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, eventually becoming the director of the ski school. Now you might say she’s on to her third career as a board member of JSTF in addition to serving as President and Founder of the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail and Vice President of the New Hampshire Rail Trails Coalition. And, oh yes, in between all that she biked across the U.S.
Marianne feels that her time spent as a cross country ski instructor interacting with both JSTF clients and staff helps her bring a unique perspective to the board. As an almost daily skier during the winter, she checks out the conditions and interacts regularly with others on the trails—her friends, season pass holders, and the people from all over the world who are attracted to the area by the diversity of ski options. Marianne also enjoys chatting with the JSTF staff on the trails and in the lodge, enabling her to bring their good ideas directly from the trails to the board.
Like others on the board and in the ski industry, Marianne feels the biggest challenge Jackson Ski Touring faces is climate change. She is working with the board as they consider adding snowmaking to extend the ski season and make the lower elevation trails more resistant to low-snow winters.

John Higgins

John Higgins

Board Member

Having founded and run two Massachusetts-based manufacturing companies, John brings his nearly 40 years of entrepreneurship and hands-on experience to his position on the board of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. His contributions run the gamut from helping with IT issues all the way to working on maintaining the trails. He has made a big difference in the Foundation’s office efficiency by updating JSTF’s computers, website, and communications capabilities. On the other hand, John’s efforts can also be experienced by JSTF’s skiers, especially on the Wave trail, thanks to his mowing and removing rocks to make sure trails are more skiable during lower snow conditions.
Among John’s goals for JSTF is continuing to refine the trail system. Noting that one of the themes of the Foundation’s 50-year celebration is connectivity, he looks forward to seeing the connection of more trail networks to increase operation efficiency, which would also give Jackson’s skiers more easy-to-get-to options.
An active and longtime skier (both Alpine and Nordic), hiker, bicyclist, and sports enthusiast, John and his wife Pat bought their home in Mt. Washington Valley in 2000 after coming here often to pursue those interests. They moved up permanently when he retired in 2015 to enjoy what he describes as the culture and aura of the White Mountains and Jackson and its trail system. He has served on the board since 2016.

Bob Kantack

Bob Kantack

Board Member

Cross-country skiing and the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation have been a key part of the lives of Bob Kantack and his wife Anne. Residents of Jackson since 1984, with Bob a JSTF board member since 1999, the couple were determined to have their two children get involved in skiing – alpine and cross country – and they did. Both their daughter and son, Liz and Keith, ended up racing cross country in high school and went on to race the Division 1 Eastern Intercollegiate circuit when they attended Williams College.
While JSTF has been an important part of his family’s life, Bob also notes that it has been a vital part of the culture of Jackson Village during the network’s first 50 years. He touts the “blue chip events” that Jackson hosts, such as the University of New Hampshire Carnival, the NCAA races, multiple national and even international championships, and important citizen races such as the White Mountain Classic Half Marathon, which wouldn’t be possible without the many Jackson residents who volunteer for them. What inspires Bob the most, however, is to see so many Jackson residents skiing the JXC trails as part of their game plan to stay fit and healthy, and otherwise enjoy the outdoors in winter. Bob is proud that JSTF plays such a nice part in helping so many folks achieve their own special lifestyle in the mountains.

Bob appreciates and praises the town’s property owners who so generously make their land available to JSTF. As he and the board look forward to the next 50 years, he says they are taking steps to offset climate change by working to add some strategically placed snowmaking. While noting JSTF’s “wonderful” higher elevation trails, which often provide good skiing late into the spring, he says it’s also important to improve the entire system to make it as resilient as possible.
Bob is vice president of Attitash Mountain Service Co., Inc., with offices in Bartlett and North Conway, and is the principal broker of Attitash Realty.

Gwen Vosburgh

Gwen Vosburgh

Board Member

Gwen Vosburgh Bio
A Jackson resident since 1990, Gwen Vosburgh loves the proximity to the trails for both skiing and hiking from her home on Green Hill Road. While moving to Jackson to be near the ski trails was initially the focus of her husband Steve, the Kennett High School cross country skiing coach, Gwen soon joined him. “I really appreciate being right near the ski trails now.”
She is proud that the organization works with the town of Jackson to provide local children with the opportunity to learn to ski at no charge. “It gives them a recreational sport that they can do their whole life,” she says, adding that, Jackson Grammar School students may also make use of seasonal rental equipment at no charge.
Personally it’s the variety of trails and the length of them that are her favorite aspects of JSTF. “Just being able to go out there for a long, long ski is really special,” she notes.
As she considers the future of Jackson Ski Touring, Gwen again looks to the younger generations. “I hope that more young people get hooked on this sport and not just competitively,” she says. “The physical benefits of the skiing are just so good for everyone of any age.”
She notes that the Foundation is more than just recreational facility; its contribution to land stewardship and conservation in Jackson is “invaluable for the town” with quite a bit of it in the watershed of the Ellis River. The combined scope of the Foundation’s environmental and recreational missions are at the heart of why she supports the organization’s outreach to the community for support.
In between all of her skiing, hiking, and JSTF board work, Gwen is an account manager at Rogers/Gray (formerly Mason Insurance), a Baldwin Risk Partner, with offices located in North Conway.

Kevin Killourie

Kevin Killourie

Board Member

If you see Kevin Killourie out on the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation trails, you can bet that he’ll be skate skiing. He’s not picky about what trail he skis, just heads to where the grooming and conditions seem to be the best at the time. He’s often joined by his children, Lily, 13, and Brigham, 11. In addition to cross country skiing, the family are also alpine skiers and even take to the backcountry now and again.
As the “ Professional Mountain Lifestyle Realtor” at Badger, Peabody, and Smith Realty, Kevin considers JSTF as much more than just a great place to ski. He feels the extensive trail network that has been established is an important factor for people looking to buy property and live in Jackson. Not only does JSTF provide convenient recreation, it also creates value for the homes located on or near the trails. Kevin calls the ski trails a “community highway” where you often run into friends or acquaintances and can have a quick chat to catch up. He feels it makes the community of Jackson that much stronger.
As he joins the JSTF board in looking toward the future, Kevin sees a continuation of the development of a trail network that is attractive to skiers of all abilities, plus continual work to make the skiing better during low snow conditions. He emphasizes that the Jackson landowners who allow cross country skiing on their property are particularly important. And, as both a realtor and a JSTF board member, he really appreciates those who give JSTF permanent easements.

Bengt Karlsson

Bengt Karlsson

Board Member

A native of Sweden, Bengt Karlsson was drawn to Jackson Village by the Jackson Ski Touring trails thanks in large part to his love of Nordic skiing. He and his wife Kathryn permanently moved here from their longtime home in Providence in 2005.
Bengt was an avid xc racer for many years and has qualified five times as a Worldloppet Master by competing in ski races around the world. (To be designated a Worldloppet Master, one must compete in at least 10 different Worldloppet races, with at least one of them being on a different continent.)
Bengt brings both his design and engineering skills from his former work life and his extensive knowledge of ski terrain to the Jackson trails. Noting that there is a renewed interest in outdoor activities with more people coming to ski in Jackson, he is working to help JSTF provide new trails, which he feels is essential. A lot of his input also goes into the maintenance of and improvements to trails that the Foundation already has. He is also working with the board to help meet the very real challenge of climate change.
Since he grew up skiing and enjoying the outdoors, Bengt feels that one of the greatest accomplishments of JSTF, besides definitely making Jackson Village a popular winter destination over the Foundation’s first 50 years, is getting young people outdoors and fostering their interest in skiing.
And Bengt certainly practices what he preaches. As the father of seven children, his mission was to teach them to cross country ski and to turn them avid xc skiers. He accomplished that and now he is working on getting his 21 grandchildren out on the trails and becoming proficient skiers, too.

Sandra Plourde

Sandra Plourde

Board Member

Sandra Plourde along with husband Gary owned and managed the historic Christmas Farm Inn & Spa from 2010 through September 2022.

Now in its 70th year, the Inn has a long history with Jackson Ski Touring back to its original conception and foundation. Sandra and Gary are big supporters of Jackson Ski Touring because it drives business for all aspects of their Inn – lodging, dining and the Spa – and the Inn actively sells packages and trail passes to guests. Sandra and Gary themselves enjoy xc skiing with their kids who have been attending the ski program through Jackson Grammar School.

Sandra was born and raised in Germany and spent many years living abroad in the UK, Croatia and South Africa before moving to Jackson in 2010. Prior to becoming an Innkeeper, Sandra has held numerous sales and management positions in Germany and the United Kingdom in hotels, airline marketing, tour operating and destination marketing.

Dr. Richard Anderson

Dr. Richard Anderson

Board Member

Back in 1984, Dr. Richard Anderson and his family decided to move to Jackson thanks to a snowfall map he investigated that indicated the village was in one of the highest snow belts in New England. “I wanted to live some place where I could not just be a professional, but I could actually be living on the land, with the land, and enjoying sports every day.”
Well, he’s found that in Jackson where his two children, whom he had out skiing, both cross country and downhill at a mere two-and-a-half years old, were raised. A lifelong skier himself, Richard proudly notes that his children both became racers.
In his work life, Richard established an outpatient mental health clinic called Mental Health Associates of Jackson in 1988 and has been on the medical staff of North Conway’s Memorial Hospital for 33 years.
That he cares deeply about the area is evidenced by his chairing the Wildcat River Advisory Commission that established rules for the protection and monitoring of the Wildcat River corridor.
Since he has lived in Jackson, however, the snowfall levels have decreased in some years leading him to strongly advocate for snowmaking for the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. “My interest in being on the board of directors is to create a lasting snowmaking system for the center,” he notes. He is currently the chairman of the snowmaking committee and is happy that initial snowmaking is coming this season.
Richard, a JSTF “landowner,” has always hosted Jackson cross country trails on his property. In addition, he developed an easement on his property for Wildcat Valley trails and a parcel on which to build a cabin for skiers’ overnight use.
“People who live here or visit here love to experience the land and the variety of weather,” he says. “I think Jackson has become a very special ski area in terms of providing varying experiences in cross country for all levels.”

Emily Benson

Emily Benson

Board Member

Emily is excited to serve on the JSTF Board again after serving from 1997-2001. She first joined the board based on her own love and enthusiasm for cross-country and telemark skiing both groomed and ungroomed. She is excited to serve again since she and her husband raised their 2 children in Jackson fully immersed in both the recreational and competitive xc programs. Emily has served as Jackson Grammar School’s After-School Program Coordinator, New England Nordic Ski Association’s Northern NH Region Bill Koch Chairperson, Vice-President and President of the NH Nordic Coaches Association. She has also helped coordinate and volunteer at a multitude of competitive cross country ski events for all ages on the trails in Jackson and throughout New England. She loves nothing more than to be outside in winter, skiing with kids and helping them, as well as their families, to develop a life-long love of the sport and the wonderful friendships that come along with it. Emily’s professional background includes being an early childhood educator and she currently serves as the Town of Jackson’s Emergency Management Director.

Fred Symmes

Fred Symmes

Board Member

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Ellen Chandler

Ellen Chandler

Executive Director

Ellen Chandler brings decades of Nordic skiing, both racing and recreational, and ski area management experience to Jackson XC. She works on the day-to-day operations and long range planning and looks forward to meeting fellow enthusiasts around town and on the trails.