Late ski enthusiast celebrated

by Tony on February 12, 2014

Cross country skiing enthusiasts will celebrate the spirit and accomplishments of a late longtime season passholder at Jackson Ski Touring Center in Jackson Saturday.

That’s when in memory of the West Newbury Mass. native and Valley resident, the touring center will host the 4th Annual Dave Duncanson Memorial Jackson Ski Touring Groomed Trail Challenge.

Touring Center Exec. Director Thom Perkins says the challenge was started four years ago as an experiment to show people how big the trail system is in Jackson.

Two others have done it since, but Duncanson was the first person to ski all the groomed trails in a single day. He did it in 2011 when he was 58 years old, skiing about 115 kilometers. He died of cancer in November, 2013 at the age of 60.

Duncanson was known as an outdoor adventurer, inventor, engineer and athlete – and he and Perkins shared a common love of sailing.

Perkins says the challenge is a great way for skiers to experience different terrain and trails they might not normally go on. It’s not a race and you certainly don’t have to do all the trails in the 11-hour day, he says. The main idea is to get out, enjoy conditions he describes as superb, and have a great time.

Individuals – or teams of two – can register Saturday at 6 a.m. Perkins says he expects there will be a remembrance ceremony in honor of Duncanson at the end of the day.

For more information, call the Jackson Ski Touring Center at 1-800-927-6697 or see the website at