Ski to the Clouds now Open to Snowshoers!

MT. WASHINGTON’S ONE OF A KIND WINTER CHALLENGE, THE “SKI TO THE CLOUDS” RACE, SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 3rd NOW TO INCLUDE SNOWSHOE CATEGORY—REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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:
SKIERS:
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

SNOWSHOERS:
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 www.skitotheclouds.com

 

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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 www.greatglentrails.com

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TD Bank Kids Ski Fest January 13!

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – TD Bank Kids Ski Fest will be returning to Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center on Sunday, January 13th 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!

Presented in conjunction with the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA), the TD Bank 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. $19 regularly). Rentals for participating parents will be $10.

The day’s activities and games will include Steve’s Awesome Obstacle Course, Classic Team Sprint Relays, group games, treats to eat at the Cabin, a lollipop race for the youngest skiers and more.  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 creature hunt and the snow tubing hill are also available for more activity and fun.

“The TD Bank Kids Ski Fest is a wonderful showcase for all the enjoyable winter activities families can do at Great Glen.  Last year we welcomed hundreds of kids here to take part  in the weekend long BKL Festival; this year we hope to welcome many back for this one day Ski Fest of similar activities,” said Sue Wemyss, Cross Country Olympian and Great Glen Trails Ski School Director. “This is also a great 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 2013 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 1-9), 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:  Steve’s Awesome Obstacle Course (on skis), Trails Tracker, snow tubing, trail skiing.

For more information call Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-3988 or visit online at www.greatglentrails.com and look under family programs, or visit the New England Nordic Ski Association website at www.nensa.net

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