Ski Camp for Kids!

During the upcoming February vacation week, Great Glen Trails will be hosting a cross country ski camp for kids called Penguins and Polar Bears. The camp will be held Monday, February 17 through Wednesday, February 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The camp’s activities focus on games and fun, while teaching cross country ski basics.

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The Penguins and Polar Bears Ski Camp is designed for children aged six through eleven. On the first day, games such as Red Light, Green Light; Moose in the Trail; and “Who Stole My Moose?” teach and provide practice for stopping, starting and speed control. One-ski scootering and statue challenges teach weight shift and gliding. Great Glen’s Trails Tracker Character Hunt invites and rewards exploration of the wooded ski trails.

Games of tag and on-ski versions of soccer, speedball and capture the flag are some of the second day’s activities that help develop coordination, agility and balance. There’s more time spent exploring trails, as well as the possibility for stopping by the snow tubing hill for a run or two.

The camp’s final morning revolves around a puzzle hunt on the trail system. Children armed with maps and chaperoned by their adult instructors plan their ski route to find the puzzle pieces dispersed along the trail system. Often by Day three, new friendships have been established and families are meeting for lunches and afternoon trail skis together.

Both Penguins and Polar Bears are led by the Great Glen Trails Ski School Director and Olympian Sue Wemyss, with assistance from qualified staff. Sue has taught and coached cross country skiing for more than 20 years to students of all ages. For many winters now, she has worked with kids at Great Glen Trails ensuring they have fun on snow while learning how to improve their skiing.

Pre-registration for the camp is required. Registration can be made by phoning Great Glen Trails, 603-466-2333 during business hours.

Camp Schedule: Monday, February 17 – Wednesday, February 19 9:30am – 11:30am

Cost: $99 includes three-day camp, trail passes and rentals (if needed).
Single day: $40
Two-day: $75
For the single and two-day options, a phone interview with Camp Director, Sue Wemyss, or Retail Manager, Nathan Harvey, is required for participants to join the camp “late,” i.e. on Day 2, to determine the child’s skiing ability. One-day only participation is not available on Day 3.

Located at the base of Mt. Washington, Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is a year-round destination for outdoor and fitness enthusiasts. Winter offerings include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and the one-of-a-kind SnowCoach. Mountain biking, paddling, Nordic walking and trail running are popular in summer. For more information, visit www.GreatGlenTrails.com or call 603-466-2333.

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Great Glen is Proud to Sponsor Olympian, Sean Doherty

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH-Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is proud to announce its ongoing sponsorship of 2014 Olympic Biathlon Team member Sean Doherty. When Doherty (now 18 years old) began cross country skiing at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center more than a decade ago, it was clear the then little boy was talented and very comfortable on his skis. Flash forward to 2014 and Doherty has become a source of pride to everyone at Great Glen Trails who has known him and watched his extraordinary development.

The Doherty family, including Sean’s dad, Dan, his mother, Mary and brother Andrew have all participated in Great Glen Trails programs and events, including the weekly Nordic Meisters cross country ski race series. It was only in the past six or so years that Sean began his training and competing in the Biathlon world. Among those who helped guide him on this early path was biathlete and Great Glen Trails staff member Eli Walker, who helped expose Doherty to club level biathlon events in New York, Vermont and Maine.

“You could tell at a young age that this boy had the skills, curiosity and maturity to grow into the talented young man and competitor he is today,” Walker noted. “I’m proud to call him a friend and to have helped in any capacity-after all, he’s practically part of the family around here!”

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Sean’s rifle now proudly displays Great Glen’s logo.

Dan Doherty would be the first to agree: “Sean started skiing at Great Glen Trails when he was just seven years old. We definitely consider this place to be our home base for cross country skiing. We’ve participated in all the events here, year round, including running and biking, as well as the weekly Nordic Meisters series…this place is great!” he noted. “Sean has worked so hard and has been focused on this goal since he came to us at 12 years old and said he wanted to compete in biathlons-he’s got the talent, but the other half of the equation is just hard work.”

Having a new local Olympian that calls Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center his “home base” has created a lot of excitement among his many friends and supporters there, who have become accustomed to seeing him grow up on the trail system nestled at the base of the Northeast’s highest peak. “We get to know the families that join us for the endless activities that take place here each year. The Doherty’s are among those who have really made a name for themselves around here and we all feel like we can share the joy in seeing Sean succeed,” said Howie Wemyss, GM of Great Glen Trails and the Mt. Washington Auto Road. “We plan to continue supporting his efforts and training as he proceeds on his remarkable Olympic adventure.”

For more information on Great Glen Trails and Sean Doherty’s time spent training there, contact Howie Wemyss at (603) 466-3988 or visit online at www.greatglentrails.com

 

 

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Kids Ski Fest-January 12th 2014

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – Kids Ski Fest will be returning to Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center on Sunday, January 12th with a great opportunity for kids and families to enjoy a day of winter fun, with some of the best early season conditions in years!

Kid’s Ski Fest is open to kids ranging in age from pre-school through 8th grade. No preregistration is necessary and all activities and rentals for kids are free. Trail passes for all participating kids and adults will be only $5. Rentals for participating parents will only be $10.

The day’s activities and games will include Steve’s Awesome Obstacle Course, Classic Sprint Relays, group games, treats to eat at the Cabin, a lollipop race for the youngest skiers and snow tubing. Kids who are first time skiers will also be able to take a free mini-lesson to see just how easy and fun cross country skiing can be. Kid’s Ski Day 2014 is sponsored by Scoggins General Store in Gorham, NH.

DSC_0028“We are very focused on families here and Kids Ski Fest is really a wonderful showcase for all the enjoyable winter activities families can do here. It’s just a remarkable setting and a great place to have fun and we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary all season long!” said Sue Wemyss, Cross Country Olympian and Great Glen Trails Ski School Director. “This is also a perfect way to participate in the national “No Child Left Inside” Campaign which is helping to encourage kids around the country to be more active during the winter months,” Wemyss added.

The 2014 Schedule is as follows:
9:00 am-1 pm Registration opens, rental equipment pickup
9:30-10:00 am First time skiers’ mini-lesson: how to put on equipment, turn skis, snowplow, and get up from a fall
10:15-10:40 am Games on skis, morning session
11:00 am Classic Team Sprint Relays; cross age groups (grades 1-8), Teams picked randomly.
12:00 noon Lollipop Race (preschool up to Grade 2)
12:30-1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00-1:30 pm First time skiers’ mini-lesson: how to put on equipment, turn skis, snowplow, and get up from a fall
1:45-2:15 pm Games on skis, afternoon session
2:15 pm Ski tour to the Great Angel cabin
2:00-3:00 pm Treats at Great Angel

Ongoing from 10am to 3pm:
Steve’s Awesome Obstacle
Snow Tubing
Trails Tracker creature hunt
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For more information call Sue at Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-3988 or visit the Kids Ski Fest webpage.

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