Monday, January 26, 2015 marks the beginning of a series of skate ski clinics for women at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The clinics are offered in a block of three weekly sessions, although women can choose to attend single sessions.

The first block of skate clinics will be held January 26, February 2 and February 9; all Monday mornings running from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. There is waxing help available prior to each, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The second block of clinics will be held February 23, March 2 and March 9. The first session on January 26 will start with the fundamentals of skate skiing; body

position, weight transfer, edging and gliding.

Whether this is your first year skating or your fifteenth, review and practice of these fundamentals is very valuable in learning and improving as a skate skier. This first session will also include the marathon skate technique, the technique that started it all. Timing for the most common uphill techniques will round out the session.

Session two on February 2 will focus on uphill skating technique. Within the larger

discipline of skate skiing, there are numerous sub-techniques. These techniques

vary in the timing and positioning of both equipment and body movements. The sub-

techniques provide efficiencies in varying terrain, some being better suited to uphill use,

others, to use on the flats. Like riding a multi-speed bicycle, the more gears (in this

case sub-techniques) one is adept at, the easier it is to cover ground.

Session three on February 9 will focus on skating on the flats. In addition to the

marathon skate, V2 and V2 alternate are techniques that provide for lengthy glide. The

feeling of swooping across the snow with coordinated efforts of upper and lower body is

often what hooks skiers on skate skiing. The graceful movements generate fluid speed

and give the feeling of flying on snow. This is the FUN of skating for many who choose it.

In the second block of clinics, there will be review, more refinement and additional

instruction on how to transition between the techniques, and which to use where. Skiers

can attend the second block without attending the first, but should have had some

experience on skating equipment previously. Great Glen’s Ski School offers learn-to-

skate beginner and private lessons on a daily basis. First-timers to skate skiing are

encouraged to take a Learn-to-Skate ski school lesson before joining the Women’s

Skate Ski Clinics.

The clinics are taught by Sue Wemyss, Ski School Director at Great Glen who has been

teaching cross country for decades. She began her skate skiing career thirty years ago

when competing internationally on the US Ski Team.

To register, please call Sue Wemyss at (603) 466-2333 x148, stop by Great Glen Trails on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, or email sue@greatglentrails.com. A minimum number of participants is required to hold the clinics so pre-registration is encouraged. Rental equipment for clinic participants is available at a reduced rate.


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