Great Glen Trails to hold XC Ski Camp for Kids on February 16, 17 and 18



 Great Glen Trails will host three mornings of cross country ski camp for kids during the February vacation week on February 16, 17, 18, 2015. The annual Penguins and Polar Bears camp will focus on games and fun, while teaching cross country ski basics for kids aged six to eleven years old. The camp will be led by Great Glen Trails Ski School Director and 1984 Cross Country Olympian Sue Wemyss.


Both Penguins (ages 6 to 8) and Polar Bears (ages 9 to 11) start off the camp with games that teach and test stopping abilities. Red Light, Green Light is a favorite that can be adapted for experienced skiers with the challenge of skiing backwards. Moose in the Trail gives further stopping practice while descending hills. Games of Predator and Prey played on one ski helps to equalize levels of skiing ability will providing the fun of a chase on skis. Capture the Flag, Flag Tag, and Ultimate Frisbee are other game possibilities.


New at Great Glen this year is the Skier Discovery Zone. Campers will get the chance to ski through bicycle bumps, with one ski riding over a bump while the other ski descends into a corresponding dip. This continuous leg extension and retraction teaches independent leg action and is enjoyable for kids of all ages. A maze of slalom poles is also set, providing plenty of turning practice and inviting creative path-finding.


The trails of Great Glen that wind through the meadows and forest will be explored. Ascending to the Great Angel Station, a log warming hut, is a significant ski goal for campers and is rewarded by a fast and turn-filled trip down the Dragon Corridor trail. The locations of Trail Tracker critters such as Pierre Pine Marten, Marvin Moose, and Bonnie Beaver may be sought.  Another fun-filled destination with its own activity reward is Great Glen’s snowtubing hill.

Dates for the Camp, which are held each morning at 9:30 to 11:30, are February 16, 17 and 18. Cost is $99 and includes three mornings of camp, trail passes and rentals, if needed. With camp permission, there are two and single-day options for participation as well. Optional single days are $40 while two days are $75.


Wemyss has taught and coached cross country skiing for more than 25 years to students of all ages, and leads the weekly Bill Koch League ski sessions for kids at Great Glen.

To register, please call Sue Wemyss at (603) 466-2333 x148, stop by Great Glen Trails on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, or email

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The annual Penguins and Polar Bears camp will focus on games and fun, while teaching cross country ski basics for kids aged six to eleven years old.










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