Carl Johnson Memorial Raises $4,600 for ALS

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH-The Annual Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon to benefit ALS at Great Glen Trails took place on Mar. 16th and raised a record $4,680. A very colorfully attired group made more than 90 laps on the 5k course, skiing a total of more than 450 KM.


Johnson was well known and liked at Great Glen Trails, whether in the timing shack for Nordic Meisters or volunteering in some other way. This event has been held in his honor since the crippling disease ALS took his life in 2006.

“The Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon surely isn’t the biggest event we hold here during the course of the year, but it is one of the most meaningful to those of us who knew Carl,” explained Howie Wemyss, Auto Road and Great Glen Trails General Manager. “We’re all thrilled that the event continues to raise more each year and that we can donate more than $4,600 to fight ALS this time around,” he added.


Carl’s family

Prizes were awarded on event day for the most laps completed and the highest amount pledged. As always, the participant with the loudest and wackiest tights also won a prize. An ALS Benefit raffle for two handcrafted wooden vessels made by local artisans Ed Good and Sean Doherty also raised nearly $300. In the several years since this event was first run more than $10,000 has been raised for the ALS Foundation.


For more information or results and photos go to and check under events, or call (603) 466-2333.

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Ski to the Clouds now Open to Snowshoers!


PINKHAM NOTCH, NH—The one of a kind “Ski to the Clouds” race, presented by Maxiglide, is returning to the snow covered Mt. Washington Auto Road for the 17th year on March 3, 2013 and this time it will include a snowshoe category. This challenging event, thought by many to be North America’s toughest winter 10km race, takes place on the Northeast’s highest peak and includes a climb of more than 2200 vertical feet over the final 6km of the course.

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While there will be competitors who are seeking to make or break a record, for others it is the ultimate way to personally test themselves in one of nature’s most spectacular environments. The Ski to the Clouds race is limited to a field of only 150 skiers and snowshoers and these racers will have the Mt. Washington Auto Road to themselves as remarkable views of the Presidential Range and beyond reveal themselves.

There will be a mass start of skiers at 10 am followed by a mass start of snowshoers 10 minutes later on race day. Online registration closes on February 28th at 5 pm. There will be no day of race registration. The registration price is $35 until sold out. If the race does not sell out, registration will be available Friday and Saturday (Mar. 1 & 2) directly through Great Glen Trails at (603) 466 2333.

Cash prizes for the top finishers will be:
MEN:      1st place $250; 2nd place $150; 3rd place $100
WOMEN: 1st place $250; 2nd place $150; 3rd place $100
Top Male over 40:     $200
Top Female over 40: $200

MEN: 1st Place $100
Women: 1st Place $100

Volunteer registration is also now open for those who would like to be a part of this uniquely exciting event without making the 10km climb! All volunteers will be given lunch on event day and day passes for Great Glen Trails.

“The diversity of events we host here during the year is really kind of amazing. The lure of Mt. Washington continues to be as compelling as ever, winter or summer. Our Ski to the Clouds race is a great example—it takes a special kind of person to seek out this kind of challenge and year after year individuals come from around the region to face that challenge, observed Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. “Each event, whether a footrace, bike race, car race, or even on skis or snowshoes brings out those who are passionate about their sport. Mt. Washington will always be the place some are called to come to make their mark, even if it’s just for the experience of being here”.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Salomon, Hammer Nutrition, Vitamin Water, Dasani, Polartec and SKIDA. For more information or to register as either a racer or volunteer, please call the Mt. Washington Auto Road or Great Glen Trails at 603-466-3988 or online at


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Women’s Winter Escape-January 19th & 20th 2013

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH-The ever popular Women’s Winter Escape Weekend will take place this year on Jan 19th and 20th at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The event will include clinics in classic and skate skiing, pre-and post-exercise sessions, yoga, snowshoeing, a wax clinic, a presentation on nutrition, and a fashion show. Opportunities to ski and snowshoe throughout Great Glen’s fun and varied trail system with other attendees, as well as try the snow tubing hill will make for a memorable weekend. All meals are included for the weekend and massages (separate fee) will also be available onsite.

The cost for all the weekend activities, including trail passes, equipment rentals and meals is only $150 per person and there are still slots available for those interested in participating. Our Women’s Winter Escape Weekend features world-class instruction from both Olympians and multi-year ski instructors.  A variety of classic and skate clinics will provide instruction for varying ability levels, from first-time skiers through advanced.

“This weekend is a great opportunity to share Nordic skiing programs tailored for women, while enjoying the company of like-minded outdoor winter enthusiasts in a most beautiful setting…ultimately, it’s really just a lot of fun!” noted Ski School Director and Olympian Sue Wemyss.

The program is limited to 20 participants, so reserve your place as soon as possible.

For more information on the program elements or to sign up for Women’s Winter Escape Weekend, call Great Glen Trails at 603-466-3988 or online at

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