Great Glen Trails Opens with Weekly Running Series and Women’s Kayak Class

Pinkham Notch, NH Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will kick off the spring season with the weekly Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series plus a multi-week Women’s Spring Kayak class. The Running and Walking Series will begin on Thursday, May 14 while the Women’s Kayak class will begin on Monday, May 18, 2015.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series, an 8-week series held every Thursday from May 14 through July 2, 2015, is for all ages and abilities. Competitors can challenge themselves on a Mini (1 mile), Short (1.8 miles) or Long (3.2 miles) 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.

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The Women’s Spring Kayak class, held by Great Glen’s longtime instructor and Olympian Sue Wemyss, will take place on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. beginning May 18 and continuing for 4 weeks through June 15, 2015. The class will provide instruction, encouragement and camaraderie for beginner and intermediate students. Kayaks and necessary equipment will be provided if needed as well as transportation to scenic northern NH waterways. The class fee for all 4 classes will be $200.00 per person. Pre-registration with payment is required by May 15 and sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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The Great Glen trail system is also open for trail running, Nordic walking and bird watching. 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 23 offering the latest in outdoor apparel and accessories for trail running, mountain biking, paddling and more.

 

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

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – 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.

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A game of Capture the Flag is a favorite!

 

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 sue@greatglentrails.com.

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Skate Ski Clinics for Women

Ski School Director and Olympian Sue Wemyss offering Skate Ski Clinics for Women

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – Monday January 26 marks the start of a series of skate ski clinics for women at Great Glen Trails. 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 to 11:30 am. There is waxing help available prior to each, from 9 to 10 am. The second block of clinics will be held February 23, March 2 and March 9.

skate ski, great glen trailsThe 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 pick it up.

In the second block of clinics, there will be review, more refinement and additional learning 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. Sue is the Ski School Director and 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 stop by Great Glen Trails on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, phone during business hours: 603-466-2333, or email sue@greatglentrails.com. A minimum number of participants is required to hold the clinics so pre-registration is encouraged.

Cost: (includes trail pass for the day)
$69/3 week session;
$28/single session
$129/both 3 week sessions
Season Pass Holders:
$59/3 week session
$22/single session
$109/both 3 week sessions

Special pricing on skate rental equipment packages for clinics:  $12/day includes skate skis, boots & poles.

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