Jackson Ski Touring Foundation Adds Waffle Pop Treats, New Groomer
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, known as a quintessential New England XC ski trail network, announced changes at the area for the upcoming ski season.
A highlight of what’s new at the New Hampshire area is the addition of trailside waffles, which will be available at the Ellis River Warming Cabin, a three kilometer destination from Jackson’s main lodge.
Foundation Executive Director Thom Perkins said that “on weekends and holidays, skiers can reach a short destination and take a break to treat themselves with a chocolate covered waffle pop on a stick.”
Waffles have been a slopeside treat at alpine ski areas for more than a decade. but Jackson will be the first XC ski area to offer it. The heated cabin has a table and seating for XC skiers and snowshoers, who can watch the kids circling the nearby 300-foot Anklebiter course to earn a gold chocolate coin.
Jackson also announced it has acquired a new Kassborher PB 100 grooming vehicle and purchased a new grooming implement for low snow cover in the early season. Other improvements will connect some trails, add a new bridge, and upgrade a parking area.There’ll also be an expansion of the Storyland Element Garden, which is a small terrain park at the Touring Center designed for young children.
Perkins will now be concentrating on long-term goals of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, while 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.
The "Foundation" maintains 150 km of varied and breathtaking XC ski and snowshoe trails in the Village of Jackson. 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.
Photo: XC skier entered covered bridge at Jackson Ski Touring Center