Dear Fellow Ski Friends,
Our snow management techniques, skilled groomers and hardworking staff have enabled us to be here at the end of February as the cross country center with the most open terrain in New England! We are proud to be able to give you the best skiing that can possibly be had. When life serves you lemons, what else can you do but put forth your best efforts at making lemonade, even when there is a limited supply of sugar to help sweeten the product?
I felt the need to give you all a little more insight into the details of our organization, the reasons why we are doing some things, and not others.
As we all know, this has been an interesting New England winter season. For those of us who like it seasonably cool and snowy, this winter appears less than acceptable, and we are disappointed that we have not had enough snow to groom some of our favorite trails this year. Maple Mountain Loop, the North Hall Trail and the Village Trails require a deeper base of snow for grooming, and even the Northern section of the Ellis River Trail needs just a little more snow than the Southern end. Although the Woodchuck Fields are smooth, we as an organization, in cooperation with our landowners who are the cornerstone of our existence, have determined that we require a deeper base before grooming, so as to not damage the fields. The beloved East Pasture Loop unfortunately has some foundation issues as well, and again, takes more snow to be appropriately groomed. The landowner of Hazeltine Pasture just began a timber harvest last week, and will be hauling trees out of the lower section of the East Pasture Trail over the next couple of weeks. So though we may not be able to groom the entire loop this year due to this, we will surely be out grooming where we can, just as soon as we receive enough snow to fill the Baldland, Woodland Trails and East Pasture. They have been missed by many of us so far this year. Let’s hope we finish the season with a grand finale, and have the opportunity to ski these hallowed sections of our vast trail network.
Despite our lackluster winter, I hope you all have enjoyed the great skiing and snowshoeing that has been available to us all at Prospect Farm. This Nordic treasure located at one of the highest locations in our network has received just a little more snow than most anywhere else in the region. This terrain is the result of our tireless work to provide ski access in low snow winters. It is our organizations bet against the effects of a changing climate. This season, our efforts at Prospect Farm manifested into a location to ski when others had little or no skiing, to the location to host collegiate ski races, to a place that provided many, that affirmed why we all love skiing.
March is usually good for some heavy snowfalls, so the ski season is not over yet, my friends. Again, if you are looking for the most available terrain with conditions as good as they can be, look no further than Jackson Ski Touring. We thank our skiers, snowshoers, community supporters and landowners for all your support and understanding during this challenging New England winter. Keep praying for snow and we’ll see you out on the trails!