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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.

Snow Report 11.28.2022

Dreaming of days like this (soon)! We are testing out our snow guns this week and praying for a white fluffy filled winter. … And in the meantime, get yourself ready with the best equipment at Great Glen Trails Outfitters. Shop is currently open on weekends from 9AM – 4Pm. Reminder: Season’s passes are discounted…

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO CROSS COUNTRY SKI

TRAIL PASSES

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!

RENTALS

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!

FACILITIES

    • 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 

CLASSIC AND SKATE TECHNIQUES

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.


SKI SCHOOL: LESSONS FOR ALL ABILITIES

  • Get ready for the winter season
Great Glen Trails Open House Time to upgrade your equipment
  • 10% off store wide
  • Package discount
  • Door prizes / raffle benefiting kids program
  • Up to 30% off selected Swix Wax
  • Discounts on season passes
  • Friday November 18, 2022
  • 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Challenge yourself
Ski, Shoe, Fatbike to the Clouds North America’s Toughest 10K

Pick a discipline! Nordic ski, snowshoe, or fatbike on this challenging race course that uses 4k of the Great Glen Trails system, and then 6k on the snow covered Mt. Washington Auto Road, gaining 2,200 feet of elevation!

  • Sunday, February 26, 2023
  • 10:00 am