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Cross Country Skiing

A great way to enjoy winter

With varied, well-marked terrain, we are the perfect location for all skiing abilities



Visiting once? A day pass for the trails will suit you just fine. Purchase Day Passes at the Base Lodge when you come in, no reservations necessary.

Visiting for a few days, or more than once? Consider a season pass. Incredible deals if you purchase early in the season or if you are a first time season pass holder. Plus, when a parent/guardian purchases a season pass, ALL their kids, 17 and under, get a FREE pass too! Ready to get a season pass? Book online now!


SKIS: We rent both classic and skate skis from Salomon. We buy new equipment every season and offer it for sale at the end of the season so you are always using the best gear. We do not take reservations for ski rentals, just come into the base lodge and our experts will get you set up.

SNOWSHOES: With one of the largest snowshoe rental fleets around, we can accommodate large groups. We also carry youth snowshoes for smaller adventurers. Pro tip: come in the morning for the best availability. We do not take reservations for snowshoe rentals.

FATBIKES: Biking in the winter, why not? Big fat tires help cruise through the snow. Fatbiking is condition dependent, please always check the Snow Report or give us a call. You can make a Fatbike reservation: Book online now!


    • Full rental fleet for classic and skate techniques
    • Groomed terrain right from the base lodge
    • One trail head, no road crossings
    • Wax room
    • Lockers
    • Showers ($1.25 for 5 minutes)
    • Brown-bag lunch tables and BYOB
    • 90% of all groomed terrain is 2-way traffic, tracked on both sides
    • Trailside lodging at the Glen House Hotel
    • Expert ski shop 


There are two different techniques of cross country skiing, classic and skate. Classic skiing is primarily with the skier’s skis oriented straight ahead, skis running parallel. A specific type of wax or some kind of mechanical gripping design exists on the bottom of the ski’s midsection, to keep the skis from sliding backward. If trails are groomed with “Tracks”, parallel grooves are set in the snow to make the experience easier.

Skate skiing uses skis designed solely for gliding, without a midsection gripping design, making use of lateral movements to move forward. A flat and firm surface created by grooming helps to make skate skiing easier. Typically newcomers to the sport start with classic technique as it’s generally more stable and straightforward.


Includes rentals and a daily trail pass! In a group setting with no more than 6 people, we make it easy and fun to learn how to cross country ski. With one short lesson, you’ll be able to enjoy your day out on the trails.

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Includes rentals and a daily trail pass! In a group setting with no more than 6 people, we make it easy and fun to learn how to cross country ski. With one short lesson, you’ll be able to enjoy your day out on the trails.

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From $65

Let our expert ski school instructors take your skills to the next level. Either classic or skate technique, we can help you hone your skills to be more efficient and achieve more glide.

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Together with your friend / partner / colleague, come out with our expert instructors to dial in your strengths and find out where you need improvement.

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Black Fly Trail Run & Relay

10 miles of carriage roads and singletrack

Immerse yourself in extraordinary views at the base of Mount Washington while you make your way through the beautiful trails at Great Glen. Race either the 3 mile or 10 mile as an individual or the 10 mile as a team of three!

  • Saturday, June 8, 2024
  • 10:00 am
  • 6-week race series

Salomon Spring Trail Run / Walk Series

A weekly trail running/walking series for all abilities and ages. Every Thursday for 6 weeks, racers can run/walk the long, short, or mini courses between 3:30 and 7:00 pm. Options for timed or untimed!

  • Thursdays, Mid May - Mid June, 2024
  • 3:30 - 7:00 pm

Moat Mountain 24 Hours of Great Glen

24 or 12 Hour Mountain bike race

Join us for the best bike race and party of the summer. Register as a solo competitor or a team of two, four, or five on the 8.8 mile course throughout the outer space at Great Glen Trails.

  • August 3-4, 2024
  • Sponsored by Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery
  • Presented by Specialized Bikes
  • Presented by Hannaford To-Go
  • Families and friends welcome

Seek the Peak

The largest annual fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory is proudly hosted at the base of Mt. Washington Auto Road. All outdoor enthusiasts are invited to raise funds, set goals, and earn gear!

Calendar Saturday Jul 20, 2024