Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will host the annual Women’s Winter Escape Weekend on January 16 and 17, 2016. The all-women’s event will take place over two days, with Saturday being the more structured day.
Women have the opportunity to spend a memorable weekend in Pinkham Notch for a varied, active and social weekend with cross country ski clinics, naturalist-led snowshoe tours, yoga, equipment demo and preparation lesson, snow tubing, nutrition talk, meals, refreshments and more.
Beginning on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and wrapping up after lunch on Sunday, the weekend is designed to be a fun and highly social experience with opportunities for self-improvement and trying new activities, all the while being coached and supported by female instructors, staff and fellow participants. Cross country ski clinics in both the classic and skate techniques in flat and uphill terrain are offered. Also available are both a beginning and an advanced ski clinic, teaching greater control through downhills and corners. Additionally, yoga, snowshoe tours, time for snow tubing and free skiing are built into the schedule.
On Saturday, Great Glen is holding a Nordic demo day, which allows participants to try a variety of equipment brands throughout the day. Throughout the weekend, Great Glen Outfitters will be open, to match women with the proper gear and clothing for their time on the snow. Sunday will be more relaxed, with clinics offered in the morning only.
Details, times and a complete Women’s Winter Escape schedule is available at http://www.greatglentrails.com. Participants make their clinic selections Saturday morning at registration on January 16th. Participant numbers are limited in each clinic, to assure personalized attention and instruction.
Leading ski clinics, with an able staff of other top women instructors, is 1984 Olympian Sue Wemyss, Ski School Director at Great Glen, who has taught and coached cross country skiing for more than 25 years. Leslie Bancroft Krichko, another Olympic skier (1980 and ’88), returns every year for this special event to provide her expertise and sunny personality. Susan Thompson, multi-season member of the Great Glen Ski School and dedicated cross country competitor, will lead skate clinics. Donna Smyth, long-time professor in the Keene State Physical Education Department adds her enthusiasm and knowledge in several clinic offerings. An Appalachian Mountain Club Naturalist will guide the snowshoe tours and add interest with her knowledge of the natural world in winter.
This once-a-year program is limited to twenty women at a cost of $119 per person. Although lodging is not available at Great Glen, the Outdoor Center partners with a number of lodging properties in the area. A complete list can be found on the Great Glen website.