JACKSON — The man who helped make Jackson the cross-country ski capital it is today is hanging up his Executive Director skis after 38 years. Thom Perkins is retiring from the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.
Perkins has been the executive director of the non-profit foundation since 1976 and has helped transform the small village of Jackson into a world renowned cross-country and snowshoeing venue, according to a press release.
Perkins is an active member of the cross-country skiing community and the 2010 winner of SkiNH’s Al Merrill Award for outstanding contributions to cross-country skiing. He is the recipient of the North American Ski Journalist Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and named one of the 25 Nordic Heroes in the United States in an article in Cross-Country Skier Magazine.
Perkins is a Board Member Emeritus of the International Trade Association of Cross-Country Ski Areas and a Board Member with SkiNH.
“The biggest contribution has been the development of JSTF from an overgrown, underfunded trail network with no staff and no budget to the stable well-funded and highly regarded institution it is today, ” said Thom Perkins.
“Jackson Ski Touring is now the largest trail network in the East with a huge economic impact on our region,” said Perkins.Perkins provided training opportunities to skiers ranging from school children, college teams, Paralympics, Junior National competitors to Olympics level athletes. “We as a community recognize the tremendous strides Thom as made over the decades to position the Jackson Ski Tour Foundation as one of the most recognized cross-country skiing and snowshoeing facilities in the United States. Thom’s name is synonymous with the Foundation and cross-country skiing in New England,” said Kevin Killourie, JSTF President.Breanne Torrey will step into Perkins boots as acting executive director of JSTF. She has been with the foundation for the past five seasons and was the director of operations.