Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

 

Directions: The Jackson Ski Touring Center is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire just off route 16 north of the town of North Conway and South of Wild Cat Ski Resort (downhill). The heart of the town of Jackson sits along one mile loop (16A) just off the main highway.

Web Site: www.jacksonxc.org

Phone Number: (603) 383-9355

Current Ski Conditions: www.xcski.org/snow_conditions.php

Places to Shop:The town of North Conway is a short drive away. It has a wide variety of stores including, Rock and Ice, WildThings, EMS, Chuck Roast a wide variety of restaurants. The town of Jackson has a cross country ski shop, several places to eat and an art gallery.

Local Downhill Ski Resorts: Wild Cat www.skiwildcat.com and Black Mountain www.blackmt.com

 

Cross country skiing and the town of Jackson, NH are a perfect match.  Jackson is a small community surrounded by over 156 km of groomed XC trails in the White Mountains.  You can thank the good people that run the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation for turning their town into a cross country ski destination.  I always enjoy the fact that I can go on vacation and ski right from my door step to the cross country skiing trails or a local tavern.

XC Trails

With 156 km (96 km tracked/groomed; 80 km skate groomed; 61 km backcountry) I doubt one could ski every trail within a week.  One of the first trails I jump on is the Ellis River trail.  It is an easy Nordic ski trail the flows along the Ellis River and Route 16.  As an added bonus, this ski trail has warming hut.  If you want some hills to your skiing, you can link up with Miles Brook to see Winniweta Falls and then ski between Maple and Popple Mountain. Once you top out, you descend back to the town of Jackson.

The Wentworth is a beautiful golf course that offers easy skiing for the beginner skiers. It provides wide open views of the valley and serves as transfer hub for the other trails.  Once you get off the golf course, and into the woods, Jackson’s XC ski trails give you a true Nordic experience.  Test your downhill skills on the sledding hill just below the Wentworth Inn.  For cross country skiers who like to race, Jackson now has three certified sprint race course to test you speed.

If you are like me and are looking for more demanding cross country skiing, you can head to the East Pasture Trail or test your skills on recently improved The Wave Trail.  For the true Nordic skier, head out of town to Wild Cat Ski Resort and take the gondola up to the top and ski down the back side of Wild Cat Mountain via the Wild Cat Trail.  This trail is one of New England original ski trails and dates back before lift service skiing.  Back in the old days, every ski was a cross country ski. Skiers had to ski up a mountain to ski down it.  Please be aware that the Wild Cat Trail is a wilderness trail, so if you have a problem, you have to bail yourself out.  The trail is narrow, steep in parts and needs lots of snow, it is not for beginners.  With some navigation skills and a little bit walking, your cross country ski adventure ends back in the town of Jackson.

The Lodge and Ski Shop

The Jackson Ski Lodge is one of the first things you see when you get on 16A auto loop.  A warm fire is always lit in the lodge’s fire place. The Ski Shop has one the best selections of Skis and Nordic gear I have seen.  Ski rentals are also available. The staff of certified XC Ski instructors can teach adults and children how to ski right.  Food is also available at the lodge and restaurants are a ski away.

Rest and Relaxation

A hard day of skiing deserves some food and spirits and if you still have some energy you can enjoy a walk to the restaurants on the loop road.  One of my favorites is the The Shannon Door Pub at the north end of the loop.  Check the menu and read about the story of the nine famous Irishmen.  The Red Fox Pub and the Wild Cat Tavern are also good place for grub.

Lodging

The best place to stay is in the town of Jackson.  For those who like deluxe accommodations the town has the Wentworth Inn, the Lodge at Jackson Village or just rent a house in town.  For the budget minded try the Cover Bridge Motor Lodge or to the Appalachian Mountain Clubs dorms at Pinkhan Notch.

Location

The Jackson Ski Touring Center is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire just off route 16 north of the town of North Conway and South of Wild Cat Ski Resort (downhill).  The heart of the town of Jackson sits along one mile loop (16A) just off the main highway.  In the center of town is the Wentworth Golf Club and the XC ski lodge.  Along the loop road you will find a historic village with shops, lodging and restaurants.

 

Directions: The Jackson Ski Touring Center is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire just off route 16 north of the town of North Conway and South of Wild Cat Ski Resort (downhill). The heart of the town of Jackson sits along one mile loop (16A) just off the main highway.

Web Site: www.jacksonxc.org

Phone Number: (603) 383-9355

Current Ski Conditions: www.xcski.org/snow_conditions.php

Places to Shop:The town of North Conway is a short drive away. It has a wide variety of stores including, Rock and Ice, WildThings, EMS, Chuck Roast a wide variety of restaurants. The town of Jackson has a cross country ski shop, several places to eat and an art gallery.

Local Downhill Ski Resorts: Wild Cat www.skiwildcat.com and Black Mountain www.blackmt.com

 

 

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