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North Conway and Jackson XC Center named to USA Today's 10 Best Winter Awards

News from Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce – November 28, 2016

Contact:  Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331,


North Conway, NH – For the past few weeks USA Today/10 Best has been running readers polls for the 2016-17  Best Ski Town and the Best XC Ski Resort, and the verdict came out on Friday. North Conway, NH was among the top five ski towns in the USA and Jackson XC Center was named among the top ten Cross Country Resorts. North Conway, NH took the #4 spot in the Best Ski Town in the USA awards and Jackson Ski Touring made it to the #8 spot on the Top Ten XC Centers in the U.S.  Voting took place online throughout November, and both the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and Jackson Ski Touring Foundation spread the word via newsletters and social media to vote daily. 

“North Conway came in ahead of famous ski towns like Steamboat Springs, CO, Stowe, VT and Crested Butte, CO on the esteemed USA Today/10 Best list, and was the only ski town in the Northeast to make it into the top five. We think that speaks volumes for the town’s appeal, not to mention the Jackson XC Center, also finishing in the top ten cross country resorts division. Clearly Mt Washington Valley is a premier skiing destination,” finished Crawford.

“Because the nominees were carefully selected by an Expert Panel and then voted into winner spots by the public, this is a win with real meaning for your market,” wrote the Editors from USA Today/10 Best who shared the news with the chamber.

The panel of experts who nominated those considered for the 2016/17 10 Best Ski Town Awards offered these kudos to North Conway, “Nestled within the scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire, North Conway sits within a half-hour drive of more than a dozen alpine and Nordic ski resorts. Visitors off the slopes can explore the town's pastel-hued Victorian architecture oozing New England charm. The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center makes for an excellent rest-day diversion”. In 2012 National Geographic named North Conway among the top 25 ski towns worldwide and in 2012 and 2013 named North Conway the most affordable ski town in the Northeast.

And when it comes to the Jackson XC Center, nominators said, “Jackson Ski Touring Center offers some of the East Coast's most popular groomed and backcountry trails, perfect for casual skiers and competitive racers. Sights along the trails are quintessentially New England: covered bridges, steepled churches and charming villages.”

To see the 2016-17 USA Today/10 Best Ski Town list, click here.

To see the 2016-17 USA Today/10 Best XC Ski Resort list, click here.

For more information about planning a ski trip to Mt Washington Valley’s famous ski towns and XC Centers, visit or call 1-8-00-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).  To learn more about skiing and visiting New Hampshire, go to

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