Do not over dress. Alpine ski gear or snowmobile suits are usually way-too warm. You will be comfortable in cold weather jogging gear. Layering works well. Polypro long underwear has proven to be very effective as a starting layer. Thin gloves will usually prove more than adequate. Obviously, the colder the air temps, the more layers you’ll want.
The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (known locally as the “Foundation” or “JSTF” is a nonprofit organization chartered to provide for and maintain cross-country ski trails in and about the village of Jackson New Hampshire and to provide an educational and recreational experience for the folks of the Northeastern United States.
Our trails never close! The exception, is the southern entrance to the Ellis River Trail is not open during the overnight time period. You can ski after dark with your headlamp, however there are no services and the trails are not lit. If you wish to ski after dark you are doing so at your own risk and need to be aware that grooming machinery are on the trails.
The warming cabin on the Ellis River Trail never closes. The Cocoa Cabin is open from 10:00 – 3:00 pm every Saturday & Sunday and open every day during holiday and vacation weeks.
The Base lodge is open from 8 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week during the season. The rental shop is open from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. We are closed on Christmas Day, but you are able to use the trails FREE of charge with no services available. Happy Holidays!
Staying true to the Scandinavian roots of the sport of cross country skiing, we measure distance in Kilometers. The conversion is .62 miles to 1 Km. Example: 15 KM (.62) = 9.3 Miles
While most could get on skis and shuffle around on the snow, it does take technique and know-how to get good kick and glide and especially navigating the hills. At JSTF, we strongly suggest taking lessons and believe that they increase the fun-factor and enabling you to explore all of the trails we have to offer. We keep our prices low, so you can afford to do so.
We have 15 km of pet friendly trails! Most are located in the scenic Prospect Farm section of our trail network. There are also select trails in the village area that are pet-friendly as well. Check out our map for the dog icons and follow the paw print signs on the trails. You must keep your dog under control at all times, please stay on designated pet-friendly trails and be sure to clean up after them.
While nothing is predictable about the weather, the road crews in New Hampshire are very efficient and professional. After a snowstorm, the roads are very drivable, frequently with dry pavement within hours of the end of a storm. However, it is always a good idea to have good tires and allow for extra time if weather is predicted. Safe travels!
Yes, we do! In fact, in 2015 we were named the #1 snowshoe friendly Touring center in the country! We have trails specifically designed and designated for snowshoeing. In total we have 45 km available for all ability level. You can snowshoe out our warming cabin and the coca café on the Ellis River Trail or up Eagle Mountain, to restaurants and pubs and so much more. Take a guided tour or head out on your own. Snowshoes are available in our rental shop.
We have one of the largest rental shops in the valley. We rent top of the line Fischer and Salomon waxless skis, performance skis, skate skiing equipment and MSR snowshoes. We feature Salomon boots and Swix poles in the Touring Center Rental Shop.
Every year is different. Some years mid-November; other years as late as the beginning of January. Usually there is skiing for all abilities on our higher elevation plateau trails by mid-December. Be sure to stay in touch with our conditions by signing up to receive updates, or give us a call. (603) 383-9355.
Again, every year is different. Skiers are pretty much assured of finding prime snow from mid-January until the last third of March. March weather is warmer and the snow is frequently wonderful. December snow is usually good quality but sections of our vast trail system may not be fully open.
Generally any time mid-week is a good time to avoid the crowds. That being said, because our trail network is so large, even on busy weekends, trails often do not feel too crowded.
Usually by two to three years old children can stand on skis, some younger. But don’t expect too much. A couple of hundred feet is a long way for a little ankle-biter. But over time, they keep going farther and farther. By six they become capable of a few kilometers and picnics. By ten you will have trouble keeping up with them. *See more information under the beginner info tab.
THERE ARE ELEMENTS OF RISK THAT COMMON SENSE AND PERSONAL AWARENESS CAN HELP REDUCE. REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU DECIDE TO USE THE TRAILS, ALWAYS SHOW COURTSEY TO OTHERS. PLEASE ADHERE TO THE CODE LISTED BELOW AND SHARE WITH OTHERS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A SAFE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE.
- Always check posted trail conditions.
- Ski in control.
- Ski in the indicated direction and obey ALL posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails.
- Always ski to the right when meeting on-coming skiers and when skiing on a double track. Yield the track to faster skiers and downhill skiers.
- Do Not Stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible to others.
- Do not litter. Take out what you pack in.
- Respect all property.