What is the Foundation?
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. More info here.
When do your trails close for the day?
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.
When is the Ellis River Cocoa Cabin Open?
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.
When is the Touring Center Open?
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!
Directions from Manchester Airport (MHT):
Start going towards the AIRPORT EXIT on AMMON DR
Continue on PERIMETER RD
Continue on AIRPORT RD
Bear Right on AIRPORT ACCESS RD
Turn Right on BROWN AVE
Bear Right to take the I-293S ramp
Merge on I-293S
Take the I-93N exit
Merge on I-93N
Take Exit 23 Rte 104 E bearing right at end of exit
Left at traffic light onto Rte 25 E to Whittier
Left onto Rte 16 N in Whittier
Follow Rte 16 N to Jackson — See directions
Directions from Portland, ME Airport (PWM):
Upon leaving airport parking areas,
Turn Right onto Payne Rd – RT 9 E
At TL take Left onto Rte 22 W (Congress Ave West)
Follow Rte 22 West
At TL Turn Right onto Rte 114 to Gorham, ME
Left onto Rte 25 in center of Gorham, ME
Follow Rte 25 through Standish ME
After Standish, ME Bear Right onto Rte 113 N
Follow Rte 113 to Fryeburg, ME
Left onto Rte 302 W in center of Fryeburg, ME
Follow Rte 302 W through North Conway, NH to Glen, NH (well signed)
Turn Right staying on Rte 16 N in Glen, NH to Jackson, NH Jackson is 2.5 miles north of Glen, NH —
Directions from the North or West:
Follow I-91 to Woodsville, VT. Take US Rte 302 East to Glen, NH. In Glen, turn left onto Rte 16 N to Jackson. — See directions from the south above. Or if coming down Rte 16 from the north – Follow Rte 16 to the village of Jackson. Take a left on Rte 16A at the Exxon gas station. The Jackson Ski Touring
If you’re coming in from Montreal – follow I-91 to I-93 (south) to Rte 302 just south of Littleton. Take Rte 302 to Glen. In Glen, turn left onto Rte 16 N to Jackson. Turning north onto Rte 16 in the village of Glen (Red Parka Pub and small shopping plaza on the right just before the turn) travel 2.5 miles north to Jackson. Continue past the covered bridge entrance to the village and take the second Rte 16A entrance across from the Wildcat Service Station (Exxon gas). The Jackson Ski Touring Center will be on your right 1/3 mile from the gas station. Take a look at the DETAIL MAP.
How many kilometers are in a mile?
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
Do I need a lesson?
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.
Can I bring my dog?
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.
How are the roads in the winter?
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!
Do you have snowshoe trails?
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.
Do you have rentals?
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.
What clothes should I wear?
While the temperatures can feel quite chilly when you are just heading out on the trails it is important to remember not to 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 you will want on. But remember, you will be moving and will warm up naturally.
When Does the Season Start?
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.
When are the best conditions?
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.
When the touring center is least crowded?
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.
How old does my child have to be to learn how to ski?
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.
What is the Skier Responsibility Code?
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 littler. Take out what you pack in. Respect all property.