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COLD DAY . . . WARM HEARTS: Inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day Makes An Impact

Provided by Crispin Battles, Marketing Director of Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Pinkham Notch, NH — The Mt. Washington Auto Road, and its sister company Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, are proud to report that the inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day, held in frigid temperatures on March 11, was a success on many levels. The event brought together new friends and old, while raising over $2,500 for both local and national charities. Most importantly, however, the event inspired a sense of philanthropy among community members and customers alike, which will pay dividends well into the future. The company’s management and staff are firm believers in the words of noted philanthropist Eli Broad who once stated: “Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.”

While the Great Glen Winter Charity Day held the moniker “inaugural” it was actually an evolution of an event that has been near and dear to the company since 2008. Originally held as a ski-a-thon fundraiser specifically for the ALS Association in recognition of Carl Johnson, an active community member who battled the disease, this year the event was expanded to include all charities so that participants could choose the cause that speaks to them. In total, 17 organizations received donations, including:

* Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

* Conway Area Humane Society

* Tin Mountain Conservation Center

* White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team

* Kennett High School Project Graduation

* Family Resource Center of Gorham

* Jackson Biathlon

* MSPCA – Methuen

* Donna’s Dreamers

* ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter

* Casting For Recovery

* American Cancer Society

* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

* Alzheimer’s Association

* American Lung Association, New Hampshire

* St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

* Southern Poverty Law Center

Participants who donated $25 or more received a trail pass to ski, snowshoe, and fatbike at Great Glen Trails, as well as a catered lunch from the Glen View Café. Those who donated $50 or more were given a voucher to take a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road — unfortunately, conditions were too cold for the SnowCoaches to run during the event. Our close-knit community, together with customers from other New England states, enjoyed the afternoon in the warmth of our lodge playing board games and relishing in the camaraderie of friends.

Plans are already underway to make the “second annual” Great Glen Winter Charity Day a landmark event for the 2018 winter season, and an ongoing part of the philanthropic activities hosted by the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The company’s events have a long history of raising funds for local charities and non-profit organizations, foremost among them being the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb which has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race which has raised over $80,000 for Coos County Family Health Services.


The family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company was formed in 1859, and completed the road to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861. The Mt. Washington Carriage Road, now called the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has the long-held distinction of being America’s oldest man-made attraction. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, opened in 1994, is one of New Hampshire’s premier Nordic ski areas, with 45 kilometers of trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. During the summer months, the Outdoor Center focuses on human-powered outdoor activities including kayaking, biking, hiking and trail running. Both companies consider themselves stewards of Mt. Washington and the natural areas surrounding it, and feel strongly about supporting their local communities.


2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds: North America’s Toughest 10K Proved To Be This Winter’s Stand-Out Event

Written By Crispin Battles, Marketing Director
Mt. Washington Auto Road & Great Glen Trails

Pinkham Notch, NH — Since the Mt. Washington Auto Road first opened in 1861, it has been a proving ground for all types of adventurers. Throughout the years, many have secured their place in the history of the Auto Road, be it with a fastest time, or a landmark ascent.

History was made again with the 2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds. Held in cold, blue-sky conditions on March 5, it marked the first time that fatbikers have joined this annual winter event. First held in 1996 as Ski to the Clouds, it quickly proved to be a new and unique challenge for Nordic skiers, and at that time was held entirely on the Auto Road. In later years it was modified to increase the race distance to 10 kilometers, utilizing the Great Glen Trails Nordic system for the first four kilometers, before beginning the steep ascent up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The race finishes just before the halfway point of the Auto Road at about 3,800 feet.

In 2013, a separate snowshoe category was added to entice snowshoe racers to take up the challenge, and was so successful that in 2014 the event was renamed as Ski & Shoe to the Clouds. In 2016, a new fatbike category was added, which quickly became the largest group of racers, but was sadly cancelled due to lack of snow.

Mother Nature was kind to us this year, and the 2017 event was attended by 120 racers in three disciplines–18 Nordic skiers, 33 snowshoers, and 69 fatbikers. Whether on skis, snowshoes or fatbikes, the race lived up to its reputation as North America’s Toughest 10K, testing the racers as only Mount Washington can.

The fastest time was posted by veteran racer Tristan Williams, with a blazing time of just 48 minutes 37 seconds, winning the men’s Nordic division. Tristan was closely followed by fatbiker Jeremiah Macrae-Hawkins, winning the men’s fatbike division with a time of 50 minutes 37 seconds–the second fastest time on course. Kudos to all the racers who battled the Mountain and finished, but particularly to the winners of each division:

Men’s Nordic Tristan Williams 48:37
Women’s Nordic Meredith Pietrow 1:01:42
Men’s Snowshoe Andrew Drummond 51:49
Women’s Snowshoe Hilary McCloy 1:05:56
Men’s Fatbike Jeremiah Macrae-Hawkins 50:37
Women’s Fatbike Renee Bousquet 1:12:26

A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to all the event sponsors, who have helped make this annual event such a success. For 2017, those sponsors included Dion Snowshoes, Stan & Dan Sports, Polartec, Littleton Chevrolet, Hannaford, and the Old Village Bakery.

The Mount Washington Summit Road Company Announces The Return Of The Glen House Hotel

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-Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the hotel open by May 2018.

The 68-room hotel will be built on the west side of Route 16 in Green’s Grant on a site owned by the MWSRC and will feature a pool, meeting room and restaurant. Half of the rooms will have balconies facing the Northern Presidential mountains and the Carter Moriah range. Aesthetically, the hotel will be built in classic New England vernacular, with clapboards, painted trim and signature chimneys, similar to the previous four Glen Houses that have stood on this site since 1852. The design of the guestrooms is reflective of the simplicity of Shaker design while the public spaces embrace both the history of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and local Native American roots.

In line with the environmental stewardship of the MWSRC, the Glen House will be highly energy efficient and close to carbon neutral. The company has proven to be a leader in applying innovative, green-energy practices to all aspects of its business, and the new Glen House will be no exception. A state-of-the-art geothermal system will provide heating and cooling for the hotel, and two offsite energy-generating projects will harness hydro and solar power.

The three-story hotel will serve guests visiting the Auto Road and taking advantage of the winter and summer offerings of Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and many outdoor programs in summer. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on 45 kilometers of classic and skate-groomed trails, snowshoeing, snow tubing and winter tours to treeline on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach.

Partnering with the MWSRC on this historic project is Martini Northern, a construction management company based in Portsmouth, BMA Architects from Amherst, NH and Stibler Associates, an interior design firm from Bedford, NH.

Scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2017, the Glen House is anticipating an open date prior to Memorial Day 2018.

Written by Crispin Battles
Marketing Director at Mt. Washington Auto Road

Sunset Paddling Tours on the Androscoggin River

Paddling by sunset brings a whole new environment of sights, sounds and wildlife to the largest river north of Mt. Washington. Guided sunset tours along a pristine stretch of the Androscoggin River are now offered four times this summer July 9, 30, August 12, 13.

$80 pp prior paddling experience advised
Meet at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center – Pinkham Notch at 5:30.

“It really is a special time of day to be out on the water. Generally the water is calm, the light is great and the wildlife typically becomes more active as dusk approaches. Great Glen’s intimate knowledge of these rivers allows us to comfortably and safely manage the logistics of a sunset paddle. You definitely want to add this to your summer vacation bucket list.” – Nate Harvey, Great Glen Trails Paddling Director

Great Glen Trails Weekly Mountain Bike Series Set to Begin July 5th

The M&M Assurance Mountain Bike Series, an 8-week mountain bike race series for all abilities and ages, will begin Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Great Glen Trails. The weekly series will take place from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday through August 23, 2016.

Riders compete against the clock in a fun, “easy-going” series with long, short or even “mini” courses available. The courses are mainly on well-maintained carriage roads along with some single track at Great Glen Trails, located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

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Racers are timed each week and results are posted within 24 hours online at greatglentrails.com. Riders who complete 5 out of 8 weeks will be eligible for a prize lottery at the wrap up pot luck dinner/barbecue and awards party.

Costs for adults for the series is $60; kids (ages 17 and under) are $30; and single races are just $12 for adults and $7 for kids. On race days, the trails at Great Glen will close at 3:30 while bike rentals will be available until 2:00 pm. Registration can be done in person or online at greatglentrails.com.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire,is found at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for people at all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit GreatGlenTrails.com.


Great Glen Trails Opens for Season with Weekly Running / Walking Series 

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will kick off the spring season with the Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series beginning Thursday afternoon, May 12. The Great Glen trail system is also open for trail running, Nordic walking and bird watching.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series, a weekly trail race series for all abilities and ages, will take place each Thursday for eight weeks. Racers can run or walk the long, short or mini courses at their leisure anytime between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Early season hours at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center are in effect beginning Memorial Day Weekend: 9am – 5pm.  Great Glen Outfitters also opens weekends for the summer season on May 28 offering the latest in outdoor apparel and accessories for trail running, mountain biking, paddling and more.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series is an 8-week series held every Thursday from May 12 through June 30, 2016. Competitors can challenge themselves on a Mini (1.6k), Short (3.3k) or Long (5.4k) in either the running or walking divisions. Placement prizes are awarded in each category, and the series wraps up with an awards party and prize raffle. Competitors that compete in 6 of the 8 weeks are qualified for the raffle.

For more information about the Salomon Trail Running Series, current trail conditions or Great Glen Outfitters, call 603.466.2333 or visit www.greatglentrails.com.

Great Glen to Offer Nordic Technique Improvement Clinics

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will offer a 3-week program of coed on-snow clinics for adult skiers, intermediate level and above. The ski clinics will be open to ages 16 and up and will emphasize instruction in a fun, supportive atmosphere.

Led by Ski School Director and 1984 Olympian Sue Wemyss, the intermediate programs will run on Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on January 23, January 30 and February 6, 2016. Participants should have some prior cross country skiing experience, have an interest in learning and improving, and have the desire to be part of a fun and supportive group. The topic for the January 23 clinic will be “Skate Skiing Up Hills”.

Cost for the 3-day program, which includes a trail pass for the day, is $69/3-week session or $28/single session. Great Glen season passholder costs are $59/3-week session and $22/single session. Special pricing is available on skate rental packages during clinics at $12/day. Rental packages include skate skis, boots and poles.
First time and very novice skiers are encouraged to check into the Great Glen Ski School offerings, which include both group and private lessons. A first-time lesson package is available for just $19 on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays in January and then on non-holiday Wednesdays until the end of the season.

A minimum number of 5 participants are required to hold the program, with a maximum of 12. For more information visit greatglentrails.com, or call Sue Wemyss at Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-2333 x148, or email sue@greatglentrails.com.

Great Glen Trails to offer active outdoors camp for kids

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is offering a 3-day outdoor activities camp in mid-August for kids entering sixth through eighth grades this fall. The camp will take advantage of Great Glen’s scenic trail system, mountain bike rentals and paddling program, and be led by longtime Great Glen ski, kayak and outdoor program instructor, Sue Wemyss.

The camp will meet for activities at Great Glen on Tuesday, August 18 from noon – 5:00 p.m. with a hike up to the Carter Notch Hut as well as some team challenges and swimming. On Wednesday, August 19, the camp will meet at 9:00 a.m. for mountain biking, lunch (bring your own) swimming and additional team games until 4:00 p.m.. The third and final day on Thursday, August 20 will be from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and will consist of river kayaking on the Androscoggin River, for point-to-point kayaking.

The camp is limited to ten participants and pre-registration by August 15th is required. Cost for all 3 days is just $99.00 and includes a rental bike and helmet from Great Glen (if needed), all paddling equipment and transportation from Great Glen Trails to the Androscoggin River.

For more information or to register, please contact Sue at Great Glen Trails: (603) 466-2333; ext. 148.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit GreatGlenTrails.

Try out winter’s hottest trend; fat biking

With all the fresh powder the valley has received over the last few weeks (well over three feet!)  its  conditions are primo for all things outdoor-oriented for snow lovers.The valley is a four season vacation destination, so of course mountain biking and cycling is a huge part of summer fun, yet some think it has to come to an end as winter approaches. Not anymore! Great Glen Trails, Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation and Stan and Dan Sportshave partnered together provide the hottest trend in all-season biking; Fatbiking.

Fatbiking loosely translated means winter biking, with specially outfitted mountain bikes that use a different tire system. To be considered a true “Fatbike,” the bike’s tires are oversized with a typical size of four inch or larger and rims that are wider than 89 millimeters. The bike itself has a wider frame to accommodate larger tires and rims.

Fatbiking started with avid bikers looking a way to get out on winter trails and desert terrain. To accomplish this, fatbikers realized that a tire that could withstand the resistance of such fine turf compared to forest floor and pavement, was imperative. Today’s fatbikes offer a wider tire allowing the rider to seemingly float across the snow while leaving a rut that is no deeper than one inch thick. The fatbikes  also help the rider safely control the bike from environmental variables that could help a regular bike veer of balance.

It is common practice to Fatbike on already created trail systems, because of the hard-pack of the trail. This is why Nordic Centers open up portions of their trails to those who enjoy the sport.  Great Glen Trails and Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation both welcome Fatbikes on their trail system and work with Stan and Dan Sports to provide rentals.

Great Glen Trails, located in Gorham, NH has forty-five kilometers of trails that overlook Mount 12867398055_289c9df24e_oWashington and the Presidential Range. Great Glen Trails opens their trail network to fatbikes on the first and last Sunday of the month from 12:30 to 4:30pm. Upcoming dates include, February 22, March 1 and 15. Trail openings are weather dependent so be sure to call guest services to confirm at 603-466-2333.

Great Glen Trail passes are $15.00 when you bring your own fatbike. Personal fatbikes  are required to have tires wider than 3.7 inches and a tire psi of ten. If you need to purchase a rental from of Stan and Dan Sports, the cost is $20.00 in addition to the trail pass.

WGC-150204-001All trail and season pass holders are welcome to ride at Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation. The foundation has opened its ungroomed trails and its designated bike trails to fatbikers. Trail openings are weather permitting and can be confirmed by calling 603-356-9920 to confirm.  Trail passes are $10.00 midweek and $15.00 on weekends for adults, ages fifteen to fifty-nine and $7.00 midweek and $10.00 for Juniors, ages six to fourteen. Seniors and children five and under are free.

While fatbikes aren’t available for rent at Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, it does recommend rentals from Stan and Dan Sports.

Stan and Dan Sports is located at 2936 White Mountain Highway, just three-quarters of a mile past North Conway Village. The store has been a fixture in the Mt. Washington Valley outdoor recreation market and has decades of experience outfitting its guests in everything from skis to boots to fatbikes. Bike rentals are $20.00 for a two hour ride, $25.00 for a half-day or $30.00. Spurly and Specialized are the featured fatbikes for rental and bike technicians are on hand with friendly and knowledgeable services to ensure proper fit and form.

12867399395_fac4ec4726_oYour days of biking no longer have to be seasonal. With the Great Glen Trails and Mt. Washington Ski Touring Foundation opening their trail networks for fatbikes and partnering with Stan and Dan Sports, you can enjoy your favorite sport all year long. Get in a great workout as you take on different terrain with snow or try a new winter activity in the Mt. Washington Valley with easy access to trails and friendly staff to assist you.

Snowshoeing in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH

The Mt. Washington Valley is a one of New England’s premier winter destinations. In fact, Lonely Planet named this region among the Best of the US, 2015 destinations and a “bucket list” vacation spot for this year. There are plenty of ways to enjoy winter adventure here and you don’t have to be a skier or boarder to enjoy the outdoors in the winter. For example, next time you come consider booking a snowshoe tour as part of your vacation itinerary to experience winter in a whole new way.

Many resorts throughout the valley offer snowshoe rentals and tours. Purity Spring Resort XC and Snowshoe Reserve,Great Glen TrailsBretton WoodsJackson Ski Touring Foundation, Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation andBear Notch Ski Touring Center all offer beautiful and peaceful snowshoeing experiences.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF) was rated the number one best snowshoeing centers in the country for families by Snowshoeing Magazine. JSTF offers self-guided snowshoe trails andtwo hour guided snowshoe tours with local historian and naturalist Peter Minnich, every Tuesday from 1 to 3pm, every Saturday at 10am and 1pm, and every Sunday at 10 am.  JSTF tours are $10 and also include insider tips from guides who will reveal hot spots along the trails and off the system that most people would never get to find. This is a fun and interesting way to enjoy a day out on the trails.

Great Glen Trails, an outdoor center located in Pinkham Notch, offers a trail network that allows for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Great Glen Outfitters will rent and fit you with high quality snowshoes and poles. Great Glen also offers a unique twist on guided tours with their Starlit Snowshoe Tours. From 7 – 8:30pm experience the wonder of a night time winter walk with an Appalachian Mountain Club Naturalist. You’ll use your senses without the aid of flashlights to navigate the trails while listening for owls calling and exploring the peaceful woods by night. Dates of these tours are throughout the 2015 season, with one coming up on January 18th. You will want to register for these tours as they book quickly.

Bretton Woods offers snowshoeing on the grounds of the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort. Enjoy trekking on the groomed Nordic trail system as you take in the panoramic views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. You can also explore the trails that follow along the Amonoosuc River, or trek over the high-country snowshoe trails along the ridge-line of the Bretton Woods Mountain Resort for a higher elevation adventures.

At Bear Notch Ski Touring Center you’ll delight in spectacular riverside views, pristine waterfalls and picturesque flat meadows. And depending on what kind of adventure you’re looking for, you’ll also come upon challenging hills. The touring center also offers a welcoming warming hut with warm soup, hot chocolate and other beverages and snacks as a great resting point on your winter snowshoe adventure.

Purity Spring Resort also offers a trek by the on-site NH Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. You’ll be taken on a tour through quiet forests and passing by a pristine lake for a complete outdoor adventure.

Snowshoeing is a wonderful winter activity to enjoy as a couple or a family. It’s low impact and suited for all ages and abilities. Spend the day exploring new trails or scouting for wildlife. There is a lot to see throughout the White Mountains and snowshoeing in the Mt. Washington Valley has so many reasons why it’s one of the best activities to enjoy while on vacation with friends and family.


January is Learn to Ski Month


Is learning to ski or snowboard on your resolution list for 2015? Do you have a
friend or family member that should be joining you on the trails? If either of these ideas sounds familiar, you or your friends/family might want to take advantage of Ski NH’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard month in January. This promotion is designed help first time skiers and boarders become comfortable on the slopes or trails by providing a lesson, rental equipment and lift ticket for $29 or trail pass for $19. The Mt. Washington Valley Alpine and Nordic ski areas participating in Ski NH’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard month are King Pine Ski AreaCranmore MountainBretton WoodsGreat Glen Trails, and Bretton Woods XCAttitash and Wildcat are offering the same January $29 promotion  Please note these specially priced packages are offered January only, at special times, and space is limited.

Any time after January 2, 2015, visit www.SkiNH.com where you will find links to each participating resort and reserve your Learn to Ski and Snowboard lesson. If you register for this promotion at any of the above ski resorts or XC Centers you can expect your Learn to Ski clinic to include a lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket at a discounted price of $29 at Alpine resorts or $19 at Nordic resorts. This promotion is available to first time skiers, ages 13 and older. Reservations are required.  You can also contact Attitash and Wildcat separately to learn more about their programs.

Each of Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts and XC Centers are dedicated to getting you on the trails and slopes with personal attention in a group lesson setting. Read on for more information about the learning opportunities at Mt Washington Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC Centers after the January Learn to Ski & Snowboard promotion is over.

Wildcat Mountain:  New to skiing and riding?  Take advantage of Wildcat’s $29 Learn2 January Special – Space Limited, Call To Reserve Today! If you know a friend or family member age 13+ who should be joining you when you visit the slopes this season Wildcat wants to be their “home” mountain. and share the Wildcat Mountain experience in an easy complete package for just $29! For the month of January (excluding January 17-19, 2015), Wildcat is offering their Learn2 Single Clinic program that includes 3-hour lesson, rental equipment, and lift ticket for only $29. There’s only one catch, spaces will be limited and must be reserved and paid for at least 48 hours in advance by calling 1 (888) 754-9453 extension 217. Click here to learn more about ski school opportunities after January.

Attitash Mountain Resort,Wildcat’s sister resort offers a $29 Learn2 January Special – Space Limited, Call To Reserve Today! Do you know a friend or family member age 13+ who should be joining you when you visit the slopes this season? Attitash wants to be the ones to get them started, become their home mountain and share the Attitash Mountain Resort experience in an easy complete package for just $29! For the month of January (excluding January 17-19, 2015), Attitash is offering their Learn2 Single Clinic program that includes 3-hour lesson, rental equipment, and lift ticket for only $29. There’s only one catch, spaces will be limited and must be reserved and paid for at least 48 hours in advance by calling 1 (866) 376-4293.  After January, a number of learn to ski programs are availalble.  Click here for a link to the Attitash Ski School’s learning programs throughout the ski season.

In addition to the SkiNH’s Learn to Ski month, Cranmore Mountain also offers their own GET (Guaranteed Easy Turns) lesson. This package is $299.00 and designed for first-time skiers, ages 13 and older.  The GET program includes three GET beginner ski lessons throughout the 2014-15 winter seasons, with rental equipment, instruction and lift tickets on each visit. You must reserve your spot by visiting this website:http://www.cranmore.com/winter/get-program. Cranmore has partnered with Rossignol to bring you the “GET Skis” package. Upon completing the third GET lesson, skiers will receive a pair of new Rossignol Experience 74 skis with bindings, and a discount on Rossignol ski boots.

Cranmore also provides the option of customizing your GET program with options of choosing one, two or three lessons for the reduced prices of $99, $149 and $199 respectively. These options are also open to those looking to snowboard as well. This option does not include the pair of new Rossignol Experience 74 skis with bindings, and a discount on Rossignol ski boots.

King Pineis a PSIA-certified Ski & Snowboard School and wants to help you gain confidence in Alpine or Nordic skiing. Their popular 1-2-3 Ski and 1-2-3 Snowboard packages are back for another season! 1-2-3 packages are geared for First-Timers and include rentals, lessons and lift tickets. When you learn is up to you– take one now, one in a couple of weeks and one later this season.Upon completion of all 3 lessons, you will receive a pass good for 50% off tickets, lessons and rentals for the remainder of the 2014/15 season. (this pass is non-transferable). The 1-2-3 learning package includes:

  • 3 All-day lift tickets (beginner lifts on day 1 and All-lifts tickets on your 2nd and 3rd day)
  • 3 group lessons
  • 3 days of rentals (skis, boots and poles OR snowboard and boots)
  • 50% off tickets, rentals and lessons upon completion of all 3 lessons!

First lesson times: Non-holiday Midweek: 10AM, Noon and 2PM Weekend & Holidays: 10AM, Noon and 2PM. 2nd and 3rd lesson times: Non-holiday Midweek: 10AM and 2PM Weekend & Holidays: 10AM and 2PM. It is recommended that you arrive 1 hour before class time if you are renting equipment.  Adult packages are $159; junior packages (ages 8-12) are $129.

Learn to ski at Black Mountain for only $79. Your ticket includes a ninety minute group lesson, an all-day lift ticket and full rental equipment. This ski lesson is available to beginner skiers ages 13 and older. Call (800) 698-4490 for lesson details and to reserve your spot. Black Mountain is a family-friendly mountain, located in Jackson, NH that offers a wide variety of terrain for any level of skier.  Click here to explore all the ski school and race options at Black Mountain.

Bretton Woods is also participating in Ski NH’s January Learn to Ski or Snowboard package promotion. From January 4th through the 30th, your package includes a Learn to Ski or Snowboard lesson, equipment rentals and a Learning Center Quad lift ticket valid for the day of the lesson. This is open to first-time skiers and riders ages 13 and older and is $29.00. From Jan. 11th through the 16th, Bretton Woods’ Learn to ski program will be offered for free, however this package is not available January 18th through the 19th, 2015.

Also at Bretton Woods, new skiers and riders who complete their lesson will receive a special Explore the Woods Discount Card with a 10% discount at resort retail outlets and a 20% discount on rentals, lift tickets, and ski school lessons for the remainder of the 2015 ski season. In addition, the cardholder will have the opportunity to purchase a 2015-2016 Bretton Woods season pass for 20% off the early season price. Explore the Woods cardholders will be invited to the Season Passholder BBQ on March 22, 2015.

Bretton Woods’ “Learn to Nordic Ski” program teaches you the fundamentals of XC skiing. It includes a trail pass, touring or skate ski rentals and a group lesson for $19 for beginners ages 13 and older. Participants must make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance with the Bretton Woods Ski & Snowboard School at (603) 278-3303. To reserve a Nordic ski lesson through this promotion call (603) 278-3322.

The Bretton Woods Ski School also offers the Red Carpet Learn to Ski/Burton Learn to Ride introduction to skiing and riding program. There are a number of options available.  Click here for a complete list of ski school options.

Great Glen Trails is excited to introduce first timers to Nordic skiing and is celebrating with Learn to Ski month throughout January, 2015. If you have never skied before, Great Glen Trails has a team of experienced ski school teachers ready to help you take on the trails. The beginner lessons are offered in a group and are one hour & fifteen minutes. The instructors, led by cross-country Olympian Sue Wemyss, will introduce you to the sport of cross country skiing in an easy and fun environment. Here, Great Glen Trails will also begin teaching you a new discipline, such as skate skiing. The beginner lesson at Great Glen Trails includes a trail pass and ski rental for the day and are available at the reduced price of $19 when you present this online coupon: http://greatglentrails.com/winter/learn-to-ski-month/. This package is unavailable on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Lessons begin at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm daily. Call 603-466-2333 to make your reservation with the online coupon.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF) presents fun, efficient and effective XC skiing techniques that create comfortability and confidence on the trails. The time spent in a ski lesson will add to the enjoyment of your overall skiing experience. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation PSIA certified. This XC center provides group and private lessons.   JSTF group lessons are available in the morning with the additional advantage of a discounted afternoon lesson to reinforce what you have learned in an earlier lesson.  This combination helps you improve technique with a focus on controlling down hills. Group rates are open to skiers ages ten and up and are $33. Lesson times are 10:15, 11:30, and 1:30 on the weekdays and 10:15, 10:45, 11:30, and 11:45 and 1:30 or by instructor availability.

Private lessons at JSTF are designed to meet your goals and abilities with personal attention. Private lessons are available in Classic and Skate techniques and open to any age. Private lessons are $40 per hour, per individual and $25 for each additional person. Private lessons are available at 9am and 2:30pm and an additional 1:15pm time on weekends, or by availability of instructor. Call 603-383-9355 to arrange your lesson.

With all the options available throughout Mt Washington Valley for learning to ski and snowboard, January is the month to take up skiing, boarding or even snowshoeing, and tackle those new year’s resolutions to get fit!  For more information on your January getaway to Mt Washington Valley visit http://www.MtWashingtonValley.org or call 1800DO.SEE.NH (800.367.3364).  To learn more about New Hampshire winter vacation, visitwww.VisitNH.gov.

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Caption:  New skiers participate in Cranmore Mountain’s GET program.  Cranmore photo.

Additional photos available upon request:  Contact Marti Mayne (PR@mtwashingtonvalley.org) or visit the Mt Washington Valley Flickr files: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwvchamber/sets/

25 Hours of Great Glen

Are you ready for……
Registration is now open for the 2014 24 Hours of Great Glen!

We’re kicking it off with a video contest!

Don’t let this keep you from registering, if you win we’ll refund your money!

  • The winner receives a FREE solo or team entry

  • The runner up receives 50% off solo or team entry

  • 3rd place receives a 2013 Jersey solo or team OR Great Glen Trails Summer Season Pass

new floating bridge-2013
The bridge will be back!!
Be sure to clown around on our
website for all the info on rules, camping, festival 24-with plenty to do for the whole gang, showers-yes we have FREE hot showers, and of course the
weekend schedule.

Not ready to race for 24?

Try 12 Hours of Great Glen

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of All Ages…

-Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ringmaster
Located in beautiful Pinkham Notch on Rt. 16
1 Mount Washington Auto Road Gorham NH 02851 | 603.466.2333