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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13th Annual Great Glen Craft Fair

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH- The 13th Annual Great Glen Craft Fair will be held at the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center lodge on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch on Saturday, November 30th from 9am to 3pm. More than 30 talented local crafters and artisans will be on site with their diverse array of handmade offerings. Also included in the day will be a bake sale and a benefit raffle which will support the Great Glen Trails Bill Koch Youth Ski League.
DSC_0028Some of the Mt. Washington Valley’s best known crafters will be in attendance, including: Ed Good Woodworking, featuring a woodturning demonstration; R&R Woodworkers, Adirondack Furniture; Pamela Sweeney, Functional Fused Glass; Ursula Forsythe, Wreaths & Kissing Balls; Marla Blankenship with her goat’s milk soaps and lotions and Terry Calarusso from Gorham House Florist will be on hand with seasonal arrangements. Knitted goods, soap products, holiday ornaments, American doll clothing, embroidered items and much more will be among the offerings.

“The Great Glen Craft Fair has become quite a showcase of some of the Valley’s most talented artisans during the past 12 years, offering both locals and the traveling public an opportunity to meet the artist and purchase unique, handcrafted items at great prices,” said Great Glen Trails Event Director Kim Hoyt. “We are especially pleased that the bake sale and raffle benefit the Great Glen Bill Koch Youth Ski League, which is an organization that has brought a lot of young people and their families into the sport of cross country skiing”.

Admission to the Great Glen Craft Fair is free and the Glen View Café (with the best views in the state of NH!) will be open for lunch. The Great Glen Outfitters Shop will also be open for business.

For more information about the Great Glen Craft Fair call Kim Hoyt at Great Glen Trails at 466-2333.

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