During the upcoming February vacation week, Great Glen Trails will be hosting a cross country ski camp for kids called Penguins and Polar Bears. The camp will be held Monday, February 17 through Wednesday, February 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The camp’s activities focus on games and fun, while teaching cross country ski basics.
The Penguins and Polar Bears Ski Camp is designed for children aged six through eleven. On the first day, games such as Red Light, Green Light; Moose in the Trail; and “Who Stole My Moose?” teach and provide practice for stopping, starting and speed control. One-ski scootering and statue challenges teach weight shift and gliding. Great Glen’s Trails Tracker Character Hunt invites and rewards exploration of the wooded ski trails.
Games of tag and on-ski versions of soccer, speedball and capture the flag are some of the second day’s activities that help develop coordination, agility and balance. There’s more time spent exploring trails, as well as the possibility for stopping by the snow tubing hill for a run or two.
The camp’s final morning revolves around a puzzle hunt on the trail system. Children armed with maps and chaperoned by their adult instructors plan their ski route to find the puzzle pieces dispersed along the trail system. Often by Day three, new friendships have been established and families are meeting for lunches and afternoon trail skis together.
Both Penguins and Polar Bears are led by the Great Glen Trails Ski School Director and Olympian Sue Wemyss, with assistance from qualified staff. Sue has taught and coached cross country skiing for more than 20 years to students of all ages. For many winters now, she has worked with kids at Great Glen Trails ensuring they have fun on snow while learning how to improve their skiing.
Pre-registration for the camp is required. Registration can be made by phoning Great Glen Trails, 603-466-2333 during business hours.
Camp Schedule: Monday, February 17 – Wednesday, February 19 9:30am – 11:30am
Cost: $99 includes three-day camp, trail passes and rentals (if needed).
Single day: $40
For the single and two-day options, a phone interview with Camp Director, Sue Wemyss, or Retail Manager, Nathan Harvey, is required for participants to join the camp “late,” i.e. on Day 2, to determine the child’s skiing ability. One-day only participation is not available on Day 3.
Located at the base of Mt. Washington, Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is a year-round destination for outdoor and fitness enthusiasts. Winter offerings include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and the one-of-a-kind SnowCoach. Mountain biking, paddling, Nordic walking and trail running are popular in summer. For more information, visit www.GreatGlenTrails.com or call 603-466-2333.