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Jackson, New Hampshire: Cross Country Skiing Mecca

Skiing through a covered bridge in Jackson, NH. Photo Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.

By Everett Potter

The town of Jackson, New Hampshire has the bucolic look of a 19th century town that seems to have been the model for a Currier & Ives print. The visual inventory includes two covered bridges, surrounding snow-capped hills and mountains, and a handful of charming country inns in the village center. If that’s all it had, it would be pretty special.

But in fact, the town is the home of Jackson Ski Touring Foundation , the largest and best cross country ski center in the Northeast. The nonprofit, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022, maintains and grooms the trails. You can’t drive through town in winter without seeing people taking classic ski lessons or watching more accomplished skiers flying though open snow fields on skate skis, like Olympian Jessie Diggins, who has raced in Jackson in the past. For cross country devotees like myself, a stay in Jackson is like reaching skiing nirvana … continue reading

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