HOUGHTON, Mich. - Michigan Tech Athletics and Recreation has hired Scott Jackson as the new Trail and Outdoor Adventure Program Manager. Jackson started on July 31 and is responsible for maintaining the Tech Trails and coordinating large scale events for the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP).
Jackson, the former manager at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and instructor at Gogebic Community College, is bringing five years of mountain management experience as well as 12 years of outside operations experience to the team.
"We are very fortunate for Scott to join our staff," said Dave Nordstrom, Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations. "His experience and personality will certainly be a strength. He managed the Porcupine Mountains and the Breckenridge Ski Resort and has spent more than 8,000 hours operating PistenBullys. We are so grateful to have found someone of his caliber."
While managing at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, Jackson directed all operations, maintenance and improvements of the skill hill, ski store, rental equipment, and food services. He oversaw the cross-country trail network in partnership with the Michigan DNR as well. During this time, he was responsible for upkeep of the trails, equipment, assisted with grooming, and worked closely in the advertising of trail conditions. He aided in the planning and execution of popular ski hill events like the Snowburst, the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, and wedding festivities. His expertise in management and event planning will take the trails system to the next level and help to flourish the programming of Outdoor Adventures' popular events.
"We are thrilled for Scott to start and for this collaborative position between the Tech Trails and the Outdoor Adventure Program," said Jared Johnson, Director of Outdoor Adventure Program. "With Scott joining us, we hope to improve and expand some of the offerings through the OAP and increase use, awareness, and support for both of these great areas on campus.
"There are some events and programs that currently overlap both areas (Tech Trails and OAP) including the Bigfoot Glowshoe, in collaboration with Student Health and Wellness, and the High and Low Ropes Challenge Courses, which are located on the Recreational Trails. These provide a great platform to continue to work together towards advancing and improving the outdoor recreation opportunities that draw students to Michigan Tech and provide a great resource to the community at the same time."
Jackson, a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a bachelor's in business administration, and an associate's degree in ski area management from Gogebic Community College, holds a plethora of professional experience with ski areas and resorts. He has demonstrated his abilities to effectively connect with the community in which he resides. Originally from Blaine, Minn., Jackson will establish his roots in Hancock, Mich.