Jackson, N.H. – The Board of Directors of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (Jackson XC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ellen Chandler as the organization’s Executive Director.
Jackson XC is a community–‐based non–‐profit cross–‐country ski destination with a vast, 150 kilometer, trail network and is known for holding events of regional, national and international importance. Founded in 1972 by local businesses, primarily innkeepers, as an economic stimulus project Jackson XC has become the model for community–‐based cross country centers around the country.
“We are pleased to have Ellen join Jackson XC and bring her ideas and experience from working in the ski industry and community recreation,” said Kevin Killourie, President of Jackson XC’s Board of Directors. “Ellen has a passion for cross country skiing that is very evident, and she is committed to building on Jackson’s traditions to make the foundation even stronger as we move forward.”
“I could not be more happy to be joining Jackson,” said Chandler. “This is the first ‘official’ cross country ski area I ever visited when I was just starting out as a skier, and I have had some of my most memorable ski outings here. There is so much to love about cross country skiing in Jackson and the way the village supports the center, I am eager to be a part of the future of this great touring center.”
There is an element of homecoming for Chandler in this move. Her first job after graduating from Williams College, where she was captain of the ski team, was in public relations at Attitash. Other Mt. Washington Valley employers include Wildcat and the Bretton Woods Nordic Center. Currently she is working at Eastman Community Association, a private residential community with more than 1,100 homes in N.H.’s Upper Valley, where she has managed the cross-country ski center and other recreational programs. She is on the board of directors of the New England Ski Museum and the New England Nordic Ski Association.
Chandler will officially start work at Jackson XC on September 17, working with retiring Executive Director Breanne Torrey who will remain with the organization through a transition period. “We are grateful for Breanne’s many contributions through her tenure at Jackson,” said Killourie. “Under her stewardship we accomplished many goals including new trail construction and bridge installation projects, extensive work with landowners and local businesses, and hosting the NCAA National Championships. She leaves the organization strong and poised for growth.”
About Jackson Ski Touring Foundation: The Jackson
Ski Touring Foundation is a community Based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, chartered in 1972 to maintain trails in and around the village of Jackson, NH. The “Foundation” maintains 150 km of trails that are considered by many to be the finest cross–‐ country ski trails in the Eastern United States.