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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Nordic Warm Up with Olympian Sue Wemyss

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH-As Mt. Washington Valley landscapes transition into a whiter shade of trail, another pre-season of outdoor winter activity is well underway at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch. The timing is also perfect for the annual Nordic Warm Up Series, which begins on Tuesday, Dec. 11th.

The Nordic Warm Up Series is conducted by Olympian and Great Glen Trails Ski School Director Sue Wemyss and will take place on Dec. 11th, Dec. 18th, and January 1st from 10-11:30 am, with an optional wax clinic being held from 9-10 am. It is open to all, age 16 and over and will cost $60 for the three week program or $25 for a single session, all of which include a trail pass for the day.

“It’s an opportunity to get back into good skiing form and reacquaint your body with cross country skiing muscle movement patterns and activities to improve your technique. With or without snow we will have an opportunity to prepare for the coming season and the Nordic Meister Series, which begins January 8th,” Wemyss observed.

There’s a lot of buzz in the Nordic skiing world right now, following the recent results in World Cup competition in Sweden which found the US Women’s Cross Country team on the podium for the first time ever. In addition to that, Great Glen Trails is participating in the national “No Child Left Inside” campaign, which is designed to get young people out to enjoy Nordic winter activities.

Group size is limited and reservations are suggested for the Nordic Warm Up series. For more information or to sign up email Sue at: sue@greatglentrails.com , or call Great Glen Trails at 603-466-2333, or go online to: www.greatglentrails.com

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Great Glen Craft Fair November 24, 2012

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH- The 12th 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 24 from 9am to 3pm. More than 30 talented 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.

Some of the Mt. Washington Valley’s best known crafters will be in attendance, including: Ed Good Woodworking, featuring a woodturning demonstration; Karen Eisenberg, Jeweler; R&R Woodworkers, Adirondack Furniture; Pamela Sweeney, Functional Fused Glass; Ursula Forsythe, Wreaths & Kissing Balls and Janet Dukee Prescott of Sally Bags will be on hand. Knitted goods, soap products, holiday ornaments, hiking sticks, 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 Mike Lane. “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. For more information about the Great Glen Craft Fair call Mike Lane at Great Glen Trails at 466-2333 or online at www.greatglentrails.com

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