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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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;
$129/both 3 week sessions
Season Pass Holders:
$59/3 week session
$109/both 3 week sessions
Special pricing on skate rental equipment packages for clinics: $12/day includes skate skis, boots & poles.