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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.


Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon To Benefit the New England Ski Museum

Bretton Woods Nordic Center in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire welcomes skiers of all experience levels and ages to their Nordic Marathon on Saturday, March 11th. The marathon is to benefit non-profit organization the New England Ski Museum and their mission to “Preserve the Future of Skiing’s Past.” bretton-woods-and-new-england-ski-museum

The marathon welcomes both recreational and competitive skiers and provides timed and untimed racing options for a fun-filled event for people of all skiing interests. Race participants range in age from 11 to 83; with a two lap course and rest stations. The course layout provides a challenge to experienced racers while making use of terrain that is accessible and enjoyable for skiers of all abilities.

While early registration deadlines have passed, interested participants may still register by contacting the Bretton Woods Nordic Center or by visiting their SkiReg registration page here.  On-site registration is also available depending on whether the 400-participant limit has been reached. The marathon event fee includes entrance to the Apres-ski awards, meal and raffle held in the Mount Washington Hotel, a trail pass for March 10th, and feed stations. All proceeds benefit the New England Ski Museum. The first 300 skiers to register will receive a free SWIX hat as compliments of Audi Stratham and the first 100 entrants will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks at bib pick-up.

Sorry, no refunds for any reason, however you may move yourself between distances and timed/untimed at no charge; and you may transfer to another individual within your fee category for $25.

About The History of the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon

bwoodsStaged between the historic Mount Washington Hotel and majestic Mount Washington, the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort has quickly become a North Country winter tradition.  This 42-kilometer, classic format, cross country ski race showcases one of the largest Nordic systems in the northeast.  In the tracks of the famed 1982 US National Championships and such legends as Bill Koch and Tim Caldwell, this race is steeped in history and Nordic skiing tradition. Past winners include Olympians Justin Freeman (2010, 2011) and Dorcas Wonsavge (2009, 2010) and top collegiate racers. 

For more information about the event, including the event schedule and prices, please visit http://brettonwoods.com or by calling 603-278-3322.

44TH Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race at Bretton Woods

The 44th Annual Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race will take place on the Ammonoosuc trail network at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center on Monday, January 16th, 2017. The race, originally staged in the winter of 1972-73, is one of New England’s oldest citizens’ races. Originally a 6-kilometer race on terrain groomed by a homemade track sled pulled by a rope from a grooming machine, the Geschmossel Race is currently a 15-kilometer classical style Nordic ski race and is part of the ZAK Cup Series.

The schedule for the race is as follows:

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 10:00am – 11:00am
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Registration
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 11:00am
    Mass Start
    Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area
  • 12:00pm
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Start
    Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    Awards Ceremony
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center

Registration costs are $20 per person under the age of 23 and $30 per person over the age of 23 if you register before 5:00pm on January 15, 2017. Those who wish to register after this time can expect to pay $35 per person under the age of 23 and $50 per person over the age of 23. In addition to event entry, the registration fee includes:

  • Trail Pass for the day of the event
  • Awards celebration following the race
  • Pre-registered skiers may ski at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center for $15 a day from Jan. 2 – Jan. 15

Please call the Bretton Woods Nordic Center at 603.278.3322 for more information. To register online, please visit this page by January 15th, 2017. Day-of registration is available but at a higher cost.

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce wishes you luck in the race, but with winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, we’re all winners! For more information on winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, visit the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce website or call Visitor Services at 800-367-3364.

Holiday Traditions on Skis

By Kathy Bennett

I was not raised in a family of skiers. I came by it as an adult and was so smitten I moved to the Valley and never looked back. So skiing was not a part of my family’s traditions growing up. But I’ve done my best to make it part of my own family’s new tradition to squeeze as much skiing as possible into my holidays.

Here’s a tip to remember for next winter – the slopes and trails are decidedly less crowded on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Compared to the crowds that come up starting December 26, you’ll do well to enjoy the time to yourself before everyone else arrives.

Christmas Eve Day I took to the trails of MWV Ski Touring Foundation’s Whitaker Woods in Conway with my husband. This year’s snow conditions are off to a wonderful start and the packed powder snow surfaces were well groomed. We even had a chance to chat with a groomer who was out doing a mid-day groom. This was our first day out on Nordic skis so we took it easy and stayed on the easier flatter terrain, going from the Whitaker House out to the Intervale Crossroads and back, cutting across the Power Line trail and then out to a trail paralleling the train tracks. It’s fun living in a town like Conway where skiing literally and figuratively connects neighborhoods. Why go further north when there’s such a nice network of trails so close to everything.

The MWV Ski Touring trails link many of the inns, hotels and restaurants in and around North Conway and Intervale including the Stonehurst Manor, 1785 House, all the way north to Tuckerman’s Tavern. Its terminus in the Village is walking distance to all of North Conway’s little shops and restaurants. Make like a local and finish up your day of ski touring and walk into town for a Maple Latte at Frontisde Grind. No one will mind your cross country ski boots.

Christmas Day, after a hearty breakfast at home and a whirlwind of opening gifts, we headed to Bretton Woods, one of several areas open on the holiday. If you are thinking ahead to next year, be sure to call ahead as not every area operates. To make the day even sweeter, Bretton Woods was offering a $30 lift tickets, so we had plenty of company on the slopes, but still decidedly less than a typical holiday date. They had been going at it with the snow making since our visit last week and also benefited from natural snowfall off and on all week – another gift for holiday skiers this week. There were even a few natural snow trails open already, which were fun to try out in the still-fresh powder. Watch out for their infamous early-season water-bars and whoop-de-doos on those ungroomed beauties and you’ll have a good time without taking any spills. A welcome break at their mid-mountain lodge allowed us to drink in both the spectacular views as well as a whipped cream topped hot mocha.

While Christmas Week is a holiday period, it is a school-break timeframe that is less frantic here than those that come later this winter. Now is a good time to take a lesson, and spend time with the kids on the bunny slope. Then figure out a way to head north a few days earlier next December to build a new Christmas tradition for your friends and family, if you haven’t already made it a habit. I’m glad I did.

Bear Notch Ski Touring Center’s 20th Annual Open House

Good News Cross Country Skiers! Join the fun Friday – Sunday Nov. 27, 28, 29 from 10 am – 4 pm at Bear Notch Ski Touring Center’s 20th Annual Open House.

FREE Season Passes will be issued to anyone up to 18 years old plus we have Pre-season prices on 2015-2016 BNST adult membership.
$135.00 (reg. $155.00) – Couples – $130.00 each – 60 yrs+ $120.00
(Please bring 1” x 1” picture)

Gift certificates available
20% discount on new equipment packages

Looking for a great deal? Check out last season’s Rossignol rental and demo packages (our used equipment is in very good condition)

Come find out what you’ve been missing. Take a scenic and relaxing walk or (maybe a ski) on our trails in the pristine upper Saco River Valley.

Let us make a Bear Notch Believer out of you.

Snow in the Mt. Washington Valley!

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February 27, 2014
Great midweek skiing at Attitash, February 26. Photo by: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.
Kids out enjoying the trails and sunshine at Jackson Ski Touring, February 26. 
Photo by: Thom Perkins/Jackson Ski Touring.
Cruising down the slopes at Black Mountain, February 26. Photo by: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.



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This Week

As we head into March, the skiing, riding and winter outdoor adventure in the Mt. Washington Valley is primo! Bretton Woods has received 120″ of snow so far this season, with Wildcat not far behind at 104″. That is a lot of snow! And with a dusting yesterday and a little more predicted today, we head into the weekend with ideal conditions, perfect for downhill skiing, XC skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, tubing, Valley-wide events and more. So, what are you waiting for? Come up and play in the snow! 
Don’t forget to vote for North Conway in Native Eyewear’s Locals Only Project! You can vote on Native Eyewear’s Facebook pageonce a day between now and March 8, and help North Conway, and all of Mt. Washington Valley, win this distinction. Each person can vote once a day, and we hope you will remember to cast your vote daily! 

This Week’s Weather Report: The weather forecast is calling for snow showers throughout the day and overnight on Thursday, February 27, with another chance of snow showers on Saturday. Temperatures this weekend are predicted to be in the mid 20s. Click here for the complete Ski NH Outdoor Lovers weather forecast.

This Week’s Photos: The Chamber’s Flickr gallery is a great place to view the most up-to-date photos of winter fun from around the Mt. Washington Valley.

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Snow Reports

As we look ahead to the weekend, here is a quick trail and lift count at the Valley’s seven ski resorts from this morning:

Attitash – 64 trails. 6 lifts. Base depth: 24″ – 48″. Season snowfall total: 85″. New snow in the past 7 days: 3″.
Black Mountain – 45 trails. 3 lifts. Base depth: 34″ – 46″. Season snowfall total: 102″. New snow in the past 7 days: 7″.
Bretton Woods – 62 trails. 9 lifts. Base depth: 32″ – 44″. Season snowfall total: 120″. New snow in the past 7 days: 5″.
Cranmore – 58 trails. 6 lifts. Base depth: 28″ – 36″. Season snowfall total: 81″. New snow in the past 7 days: 1″.
King Pine – 17 trails. 5 lifts. Base depth: 24″ – 36″. Season snowfall total: 84″. New snow in the past 7 days: 3″.
Shawnee Peak – 38 trails. 4 lifts. Base depth: 31″ – 43″.
Wildcat – 49 trails. 4 lifts. Base depth: 24″ – 48″. Season snowfall total: 104″. New snow in the past 7 days: 2″.

Here’s a look at the amount of XC ski and snowshoe terrain open at the Valley’s six XC centers:

Bear Notch Ski Touring – 50 km open with 40 km classic groomed and 50 km skate groomed. Base depth: 19″ – 30″. New snow in the past 7 days: 1″.
Bretton Woods Nordic – 100 km open with 80 km classic groomed and 80 km skate groomed. Base depth: 10″ – 14″. New snow in the past 7 days: 5″.
Great Glen Trails – 45 km open with 22 km classic groomed and 24 km skate groomed. Base depth: 15″ – 25″. New snow in the past 7 days: 7″.
Jackson Ski Touring – 110 km open with 68 km classic groomed and 68 km skate groomed. Base depth: 14″ – 30″. New snow in the past 7 days: 3″.
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring – 45 km open with 40 km classic groomed and 40 km skate groomed. Base depth: 17″ – 29″. New snow in the past 7 day: 3″.
Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve – 15 km open with 15 km classic groomed and 15 km skate groomed. New snow in the past 7 days: 3″.
Please note: Trail and lift counts vary every day, with weekends typically offering expanded terrain. The snow reports from all of Mt. Washington Valley’s 13 ski resorts or XC centers are updated daily and offer the most up-to-date trail and lift counts. Please check with individual resorts/XC centers or visit www.SkiMWV.com

Valley Finds of the Week

Terrain-based learning at Cranmore.
Photo courtesy of Cranmore Mountain Resort.

This winter, and year-round, the Valley is full of great deals, giveaways and specials, just waiting for you to discover!

Here are the Valley Finds for this week:
  • Free lessons and rentals for first-timers at Cranmore on March 9! Cranmore will be showcasing the resort’s new terrain-based learning program and offering free lessons, lift ticket and rentals to all first-time skiers and riders on Saturday, March 9. This offer is limited to the first 150 beginners; some other restrictions apply. First time skiers and snowboarders, ages six and up, must register in advance, and will receive a complimentary equipment rental, a rental helmet, and a beginners’ lift ticket valid all day after the 90-minute instruction ($89 value). Cranmore’s new terrain-based park is a large component of the terrain-based learning program. More information on terrain-based learning can be seen in this video. To register for the March 9 event, call 603-356-5544 x333.
    • After Two Ticket at Black Mountain: Ski free after 2:00 pm with the purchase of a full price next day ticket. Not to be combined with any other offer.

  • March Madness at the Snowvillage Inn: All rooms during the month of March are only $100 per night midweek/$125 per night on weekends. Rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Price is for room only; meals and beverages are an additional charge.

  • March is just around the corner. Enjoy $40 tickets every Friday in March (and April) at Attitash and Wildcat.

  • Sunday Afternoons at Shawnee Peak: Ski or ride for only $29 on non-holiday Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30 pm.

  •  Head to Merlino’s Steakhouse for Happy Hour from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, with a free appetizer offered at 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and beer specials too.

  •  March Madness at Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals: A four hour, midweek (Monday through Friday) single sled rental is only $99, starting February 24 (regular price for 4-hour rental is $150).
For a complete list of 2013/2014 ticket deals and special rates at Mt. Washington Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC centers, click here.

Top Seven Ways to Ski for a Cause in March

Red Parka Challenge Cup Race at Attitash. Photo by: Laura Tuveson/Attitash.

Throughout the month of March, there are many opportunities to make a difference on the slopes and trails by participating in the following March events and competitions, all of which support local and national charities and a range of great causes. 

    1. Red Parka Challenge Cup Race at Attitash – March 14: The longest running, pro-style giant slalom ski race in the United States, the 41st Annual Red Parka Challenge Cup Race will be held at Attitash on Friday, March 14. This race is a renowned amateur ski race with a unique format that allows competitors to race dual slalom head to head. Proceeds from the race benefit the Eastern Slope Ski Club Junior Ski Program, which gives children throughout Mt. Washington Valley the opportunity to learn to ski. For information and registration forms for the event, visit www.redparkapubchallengecup.com.


  • Carl Johnson Ski-A-Thon at Great Glen Trails – March 15: Carl Johnson, a great friend to Great Glen Trails and a lover of all things skiing, passed away in 2006 of ALS. This event is held in his honor, and in his spirit, it’s all about fun! Competitors will ski as many laps as they can on the 5 km course at Great Glen Trails from 12:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 15, while raising money through pledges. All proceeds benefit the ALS Association, and all racers are encouraged to raise additional funds for the ALS Association. Prizes awarded for the most laps skied and the highest amount pledged, plus an award for the wackiest tights! More information about the event can be found here.


  • Hannes Schneider Meister Cup at Cranmore – March 7, 8 & 9: The Hannes Schneider Meister Cup at Cranmore is unlike any ski race in history, combining the best of skiing today with the nostalgia of yesterday while honoring the founding father of ski instruction, Hannes Schneider. Schneider brought his renowned skills to North Conway and Cranmore in 1939. Those participating in the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup help fund the collection and conservation of skiing heritage on display at the New England Ski Museum. The Meister Cup is a Dual GS race open to individuals ages 13 and up. The Dual GS competition will be on Saturday, March 8, with additional events occurring throughout the weekend, including a torch light parade, ice carving contest, silent auction and vintage ski wearing contest. More information can be found here. 


  • AbilityPLUS Ski-A-Thon at Wildcat – March 8This full-day event on Saturday, March 8 includes a ski- and ride-a-thon at Wildcat, family-friendly après ski party, silent auction, games, crafts, raffle prizes and more. Register as an individual or a team, with prizes awarded for the most money raised and the highest number of runs. All the money raised supports AbilityPLUS, a nonprofit organization providing year-round adaptive sports and recreation programs for individuals with all manner of disabilities throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. More information can be found at http://www.abilityplus.org/mwvfundraiser_14.php
  • Cynthia’s Challenge at King Pine – March 21 & 22: This 24-hour ski-a-thon will start at King Pine on Friday, March 21 at 4:00 pm, with proceeds benefiting one of King Pine’s own, Cynthia Verrill. Eleven-year old Cynthia is the daughter of Stacie and Kevin Verrill, both of whom work at King Pine. Cynthia was born with a rare disease called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, and the goal of Cynthia’s Challenge is to help raise enough money for a service dog to detect seizures before the onset, allowing Cynthia to live life more independently. Skiers can register as teams or four or five, with prizes given away every hour during the event. Registration fees include dinner, breakfast and lunch, 24-hour lift ticket, snacks and beverages, and twenty four hours of fun on the slopes. A flyer for the event can be seen here.

Snow Much Fun: 11th Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff

Are you ready for some great chili this weekend?
Bring your appetite to North Conway on Saturday, March 1 for the 11th Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff, and sample a wide variety of the best chili and cornbread in the Mt. Washington Valley! 
This year, the Cookoff will be hosting two simultaneous chili cookoffs – a Professional Chef’s Division and a People’s Choice chili cookoff. Awards will be given for best chili and cornbread in both divisions, and the best themed display. Along with chili and cornbread tastings during the Cookoff, the MWV Children’s Museum will be hosting children’s activities from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm at the North Conway Community Center. Tasting tickets with ballots are just $15 for adults; $7 for kids 12 and under; kids 5 and under free with a paying adult. A limited number of VIP package tickets will also be available for $35 each. VIP tickets allow one-hour early (11:00am) entry to the cook-off, wine, beer and Mead tastings, one free entry to the judging festivities, and a gift bag. Both tickets allow the opportunity to attend the Chili Cookoff, taste the unique chili and cornbread recipes of over 40 chefs, and vote for your favorite. So head into North Conway on March 1, and come enjoy the festivities! 
Click here for more information and to purchase advance tickets to the Cookoff.


Video of the Week

Mt. Washington Valley Update for February 27, 2014 with Amy Quigley.
Each week, our host, Amy Quigley, will be bringing you news and updates from Mt. Washington Valley’s ski resorts and XC centers. Tune in to see this week’s segment about what’s happening throughout Mt. Washington Valley as we head into the first weekend of March. 
Click here if you are unable to open the video at the arrow.


Stay a Little Longer

One of the terrific things about the Mt. Washington Valley is all the options for alpine and cross country skiing, plus all the other outdoor adventure from dogsledding to snowmobiling, skating, tubing and more.

And there’s no better way to explore all that great variety than to stay a little longer. Don’t just visit for the weekend. Spend a few midweek days with us! Our midweek Snow Much Fun Vacation Packages make it easy, and the variety of properties gives you plenty of choices.

This winter, the Appalachian Mountain Club is once again featuring its International Dinner and Adventure Series at the Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch. This year marks the 24th year of this series, with presentations and special dinners every Wednesday evening through the end of March. Each week features a unique menu in conjunction with the evening’s presentation of international culture, travel and adventure. Take advantage of the Joe Dodge Lodge Special Wednesday International Dinner and Lodging Package in March. The package includes a four-course international dinner, lodging for Wednesday night, breakfast on Thursday morning, and a Thursday trail pass to Great Glen Trails. Package pricing starts at only $49 per person, plus tax. For those who wish to attend the dinner without staying overnight, the cost is $28 per adult.


The March calendar for the International Dinner and Adventure series features the cuisine and culture of Sri Lanka on March 5; England on March 12; Croatia on March 19; and France on March 26. Call 603-466-2727 to reserve your Wednesday International Dinner and Lodging Package today. 

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Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center Hosts Women’s Winter Escape Weekend January 19th -20th


 Planned For and By Women Only–Men Need Not Apply!


PINKHAM NOTCH, NH-The ever popular Women’s Winter Escape Weekend will take place this year on Jan 19th and 20th at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The event will include clinics in classic and skate skiing, pre-and post-exercise sessions, yoga, snowshoeing, a wax clinic, a presentation on nutrition, and a fashion show. Opportunities to ski and snowshoe throughout Great Glen’s fun and varied trail system with other attendees, as well as try the snow tubing hill will make for a memorable weekend. All meals are included for the weekend and massages (separate fee) will also be available onsite.

The cost for all the weekend activities, including trail passes, equipment rentals and meals is only $150 per person and there are still slots available  for those interested in participating.Our Women’s Winter Escape Weekend features world-class instruction from both Olympians and multi-year ski instructors.  A variety of classic and skate clinics will provide instruction for varying ability levels, from first-time skiers through advanced.


“This  weekend is a great opportunity to share Nordic skiing programs tailored for women, while enjoying the company of like-minded outdoor winter enthusiasts in a most beautiful setting…ultimately, it’s really just a lot of fun!” noted Ski School Director and Olympian Sue Wemyss.


The program is limited to 20 participants, so reserve your place as soon as possible.

For more information on the program elements or to sign up for Women’s Winter Escape Weekend, call Great Glen Trails at 603-466-3988 or online at http://www.greatglentrails.com

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center
Rt. 16, Pinkham Notch
Gorham, NH 03581




 As Mt. Washington Valley landscapes transition into a whiter shade of trail, another pre-season of outdoor winter activity is well underway at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch. The timing is also perfect for the annual Nordic Warm Up Series, which begins on Tuesday, Dec. 11th.

The Nordic Warm Up Series is conducted by Olympian and Great Glen Trails Ski School Director Sue Wemyss and will take place on Dec. 11th, Dec. 18th, and January 1st from 10-11:30 am, with an optional wax clinic being held from 9-10 am. It is open to all, age 16 and over and will cost $60 for the three week program or $25 for a single session, all of which include a trail pass for the day.

“It’s an opportunity to get back into good skiing form and reacquaint your body with cross country skiing muscle movement patterns and activities to improve your technique. With or without snow we will have an opportunity to prepare for the coming season and the Nordic Meister Series, which begins January 8th,” Wemyss observed.

There’s a lot of buzz in the Nordic skiing world right now, following the recent results in World Cup competition in Sweden which found the US Women’s Cross Country team on the podium for the first time ever. In addition to that, Great Glen Trails is participating in the national “No Child Left Inside” campaign, which is designed to get young people out to enjoy Nordic winter activities.

Group size is limited and reservations are suggested for the Nordic Warm Up series. For more information or to sign up email Sue at: sue@greatglentrails.com , or call Great Glen Trails at 603-466-2333, or go online to: http://www.greatglentrails.com

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