Thom Perkins of New Hampshire spent a long career running the largest crosscountry-ski trail system in the eastern U.S. He was awarded Lifetime Achievement awards from both the North American Snowsports Journalists Association and Ski NH. A founding member and a board member emeritus of the Cross Country Ski Areas Association, Perkins was named as one of 25 Nordic Heroes in North America. He was chief of competition for international, national, regional and local cross-country-ski races. Perkins' family philosophy was “If there was snow on the ground, there were skis on your feet.” He loves skiing down frozen rivers. Perkins is currently the executive director of Loon Echo Land Trust in Bridgton, Me., and is a professional musician who performs with his wife.