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15th Annual NE Women’s XC Day

Jackson Ski Touring, Jackson, NH

January 24th, 2016

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Enjoy a fun day on snow at the Jackson Ski Touring Center in Jackson, NH. Experience cross-country ski clinics for every level of skier-from first-timers to seasoned masters! In addition to top-notch instruction, there will be wax demonstrations, a fantastic prize drawing and a fabulous lunch. Clothing and equipment retailers will be on hand with items to try and buy.


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Many thanks to our sponors L.L.Bean and Swix who are making this day happen! An additional thank you to LLBean who will be outfitting the instructors this year.


Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is a community based nonprofit organization, chartered to maintain trails in and around the village of Jackson, NH. The Foundation trails connect with A.M.C. trails in Pinkham Notch and White Mountain National Forest backcountry adventure trails. There are 150 km of groomed trails suitable for all abilities.


Don’t have your own skis? No problem! The Jackson XC Staff are very knowledgeable and would love to outfit you. Rentals will be offered at a discounted price. Call ahead and reserve your rental at 603-383-9355.

There will be clinics in both skate and classic during the day, although you only sign up for the clinics & technique that you want. Rent one set of equipment or both! There will also be Equipment Dealers on hand to help you demo some of their equipment.

Lodging at The Wentworth Inn


Allow the senses to delight as snow softly falls outside the frosted windows, as you enjoy the warmth of our Lobby wood burning fireplace. Grand elegance and European charm make our country inn a luxurious destination. Located in quant Jackson Village, our property is within 15 minutes of four downhill ski areas, and just 2 minute walk away from Jackson Ski Touring Center, offering 150 KM of pristine Nordic skiing. Join us in the evenings for Swiss Fondue in our Lounge and dine candlelight in our historic Main Dining Room. Whether staying with us purely for leisure or a mixture of business, we are certain you will find the Wentworth Inn a home away from home. Our staff and management are dedicated professionals that have the motivation and know how to make your stay a memorable and wonderful experience. 

Call 800-637-0013 for reservations. Mention Women's Day for special pricing, 2 night stay on weekends required.

Other options for Lodging

The Eagle Mountain House and Golf Club

179 Carter Notch Road
PO Box 804
Jackson Village, NH 03846
Phone: 1-800-966-5779
Email reservations@eaglemt.com

Nestled in the majestic White Mountains of Jackson, New Hampshire, The Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club is one of the few grand resorts remaining in the Granite State. They have waived their 2 night minimum stay and have offered a rate of $157 including breakfast for 2 people in the room & $146 for 1 person in the room. *Mention NENSA Women’s Day while booking your reservation.

 The Wildcat Inn and Tavern

94 Main Street Jackson, NH 03846

(603) 356-8700/contact@wildcattavern.com

They are a cozy, clean, comfortable historic inn offering smaller Inn Rooms, larger Inn Suites, and our 2 bedroom Igloo for a great vacation value. All rooms have queen or full size beds, small private bathrooms, cable TV, and our third floor rooms all have cozy gas fireplaces. A two night stay is required, but mention Women's Day and receive a 10% discount.


The Snowflake Inn


The Snowflake Inn is in a great location to walk to the Jackson XC center! They have set up a small block of rooms set aside for us, it is a two night minimum but mention Women's Day and the 3rd night free! Continental Breakfast, Evening Sweets, Coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate 24 hours a day, Use of the Amenities including the Wellness Zone Fitness Center, Infrared Sauna and Tropical Spa. The Suite has a King Bed, 5' Kohler shower, Jacuzzi, Fireplace and more.  The Retreat Package includes Hour Massages for a weekend total of $645 for two people (including the third night free), the rate without Massage is $259+x2. 





Schedule of Events


  • 5:00-6:30 p.m. Join us for a Saturday Night Social at The Wentworth Inn. Connect with other women who are attending this event, meet up with friends, and start the evening off with some tasty snacks!


  • 7:00-7:45 Yoga at the Wentworth Inn (Space is limited so please email amber@nensa.net to reserve your spot). We’ll emphasize postures that will support a full range of motion for a delightful day on the ski trails! Beginners and more experienced students are all welcome. Please bring your own mat.
  • 8:45-9:45 Registration and Clinic Sign Up at The Jackson Ski Touring Center.
  • 10-4 NENSA Expo: Equipment suppliers, wax technicians, outfitters and clothiers from the ski industry will be on hand with goods to try and buy.
  • 10-11:40 Clinics: Skating and Classic technique clinics for first timers, beginners and intermediate level skiers. Sign up at registration time for the clinic you want to participate in!
  • 11:45-1:15 Lunch, raffle drawing and short presentation at the Wentworth Inn
  • 1:30-2:45 Clinics: Repeat of Clinics, sign up for the same one or for something different!
  • 2:40-3:30 Fun wrap-up event, drawing of grand raffle prize and light refreshments.

Grand Raffle Prize: 

Raffle Prizes Donated by These Fine Businesses: THANK YOU!

LLBean, Swix, SKIDA, Toko, 



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Clinic Descriptions

Please take a minute and read through the clinic descriptions. You will select your clinic on Sunday morning at Registration but it’s helpful to have thought about this beforehand! There is also a tour option. The color is to help identify your group on Sunday.

Beginner Classic (RED) -This is for the person who has never cross-country skied, skis only a couple of times per year or has been skiing for years but has never had a lesson. You will learn the fundamentals of classic skiing: correct body position, use of poles, striding and balancing on one ski, double poling, how to get down a hill safely, downhill turns, and a downhill stop.

Intermediate Classic (PINK) - This is for the person who skis at least 1 or 2 times per week, can ski comfortably 5-10k, and feels OK going downhill. You will learn balancing drills so you will be able to glide longer with every stride, how to increase your tempo, and more powerful use of your arms and legs.

Uphill/Downhill Classic (GREEN)- This is for the person who skis several times per year (not for the person who has never skied) and wants to improve their technique to go uphill and downhill. For uphill, you will learn how to shorten your stride, increase your tempo, and use your arms more effectively. For downhill you will learn how to go maneuver around obstacles, advancing from snowplow turns to step turns.

Beginner Skate (ORANGE)- This is for the person who has never skated (but has classic skied) or has tried skating a few times but works hard and goes nowhere. You will learn the basics of skating: correct body position, skating off, then balancing on your gliding ski, correct use of your arms and timing (when to push and when to glide).

Intermediate Skate (BLUE)-This is for the person who knows how to skate but wants to improve their technique. You will learn how to V1, V2 and V2 alternate (the 3 techniques used in skating). You will also learn when to use each technique. You will learn the importance of balancing on 1 ski and gliding as long as possible before you skate off onto the other ski and more powerful use of arms and legs.

Uphill/Downhill Skate (PURPLE) - This is for the person who knows how to skate and wants to become more efficient going uphill and downhill. You will learn a more effective V1 for going uphill. You will learn how to use V2 on a gradual uphill. For downhill you will learn how to go around poles, advancing from snowplow half turns to step turns.


We love having groups come to Women's Day! Get your friends together and come and celebrate the day! At lunch we’ll be looking for the largest group. Bring lots of girlfriends!   




Benefit Organization


Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring quality services are provided to victims of relationship violence and sexual abuse, preventing future relationship violence, promoting social change and encouraging accountability and education for perpetrators and stalkers.

Begun in 1981 as a grassroots response to domestic violence victims in Carroll County, the agency has grown from an impromptu group of volunteers to an incorporated non-profit agency with five full time staff members, a governing board of directors and a network of extensively trained volunteers.

Have additional questions? Contact Amber Dodge (amber@nensa.net or 413-822-2422).