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

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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 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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Kids Ski Fest at Great Glen – January 11, 2015

PINKHAM NOTCH, NHKids Ski Fest will be returning to Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center on Sunday, January 11th 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!

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Great Glen’s Kid’s Ski Fest is geared towards kids of elementary to middle school age. No preregistration is necessary and all activities and rentals for kids are free with a trail pass.  Trail passes for participating kids and adults will be $5 (vs. $12 and $20 regularly). Rentals for participating parents will be $10.

The day’s activities will include group games such as “Get Six and Ski”, (a version of Capture the Flag); Predator-Prey; Red Light, Green Light and more; all played on skis.  Kids who show up for the Freestyle Team Sprint Relay at 11 am will be paired randomly in two-person, multi-aged teams to sprint around a short loop using classic or skate skiing technique. The youngest skiers can start their careers with the Lollipop Race at noon. Hot chocolate at the Great Angel Cabin will reward those kids making the afternoon trip to one of Great Glen’s most popular destinations.

Kids who are first time skiers will be able to take a free mini-lesson to get started, and then join the game sessions on skis. As they are on a daily basis at Great Glen, the Trails Tracker critter hunt and the snowtubing hill are also available for more activity and fun.

“The Kids Ski Fest is a wonderful showcase for all the enjoyable winter activities families can do at Great Glen.” said Sue Wemyss, Cross Country Olympian and Great Glen Trails Ski School Director. “With having very good conditions over the holiday period for skiing, we’ve been super pleased to host lots of families recently at Great Glen. We have an energetic group of kids taking part in our Great Glen Bill Koch League Club on Sundays, so we look forward to seeing this group and welcoming others for this fun event.”

For the second year, Scoggins General Store in Gorham, NH is sponsoring the event, providing lollipops and sweets as prizes for the team relay. Scoggins General Store, located at 133 Main Street, is a family-owned business carrying items for home décor, toys, a candy counter and unique gifts.  Website:

The 2015 Kids Ski Fest Schedule is as follows:
9:00 am-1pm
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

10:15-10:40am Games on skis, morning session

11:00am Freestyle Team Sprint Relays; cross age groups (grades 1-8), Teams picked randomly.

Noon Lollipop Race (preschool up to Grade 2)

12:30-1:00pm Lunch Break

1:00-1:30pm First-time skiers’ mini-lesson: how to put on equipment, turn skis, snowplow, and get up from a fall

Games on skis, afternoon session

Ski tour to the Great Angel cabin

Treats at Great Angel

Ongoing:Trails Tracker critter hunt, snowtubing, trail skiing.

For more information call Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-3988 or visit online at and look under Events

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