Snow or No Snow, Nordic Warm-Up is a Go at Great Glen Trails

Pinkham Notch, NH – Snowmakers at Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch have been busy throughout the week making snow as opening day quickly approaches. Whether or not the weather holds for any additional snowmaking, or even natural snowfall, Great Glen’s annual Nordic Warm-up Program, led by Ski School Director and 1984 Olympian Sue Wemyss, will start Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

This three-session program is an opportunity for cross country skiers to learn or to reacquaint the body with correct muscle movement patterns for effective technique. Attention to one’s technique yields more enjoyment, as efficiency and, if desired, greater speed can be the result.

Focusing in on body position under Wemyss’ watchful and experienced eye lays the foundation for a winter of fun. Drills that challenge and develop balance can speed the adjustment back onto skis after several months of absence. Activities such as ski scootering and no-kick diagonal striding teach movement patterns as well as challenging ski specific strength. Once learned, these activities can be practised coach-free for greater ski fitness.

Skate ski clinic, great glen trails

Nordic Warm-Up classes are scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, December 8, 15 and 22, 2015. Prior to class, an optional wax clinic is offered to help participants prepare their skis for the session. The class is limited to ten participants for individualized attention. If adequate snow to ski on is lacking, the class will be held on foot. Over the course of the three sessions, both classic and skate-ski techniques will be explored.

Cost for the three-session program is $60; single sessions available at $25. Both include a Great Glen trail pass for that day. Great Glen season pass holders participate at discounted rates. Registration can be done by phone: (603) 466-2333 or email A minimum number of registrations must be confirmed by December 6 for the program to proceed.

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 our Nordic Warm Up page.

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