- Route 16 Pinkham Notch, Gorham NH 03581
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center (603/466-2333, greatglentrails.com) has 45 km of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails in Pinkham Notch at the base of Mt. Washington, which translates into jaw-dropping scenery all around you. On Route 16, (8 miles south of Gorham, NH) Great Glen has spectacular panoramic views of the northern Presidential Mountain Range. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center's lodge includes new xc ski and snowshoe rental equipment, which is updated every season, lessons, tubing, food service in the Great Glen View Cafe, and the Great Glen Outfitters Shop with everything you need for xc skiing, snowshoeing, and clothing for winter activities.
There's snowmaking to cover one loop and the learning area at Great Glen. Instruction programs include the Learn to Ski with an hour and a quarter introduction to classic or skate ski disciplines. These LTS lessons include rental equipment and a trail pass all for $45 and are offered 3 times daily on weekends and twice daily on weekdays. The sessions are offered 3 times daily on weekends and twice on weekdays. The Group Lesson offers existing skiers a one hour session for further development of skills and techniques while the Private Lesson provides personalized coaching on any xc ski activity in a one-on-one setting.
A full slate of special events and programs are offered throughout the winter most are taught by Sue Wemyss, an Olympian and long time ski teacher.
A package concept for a day of winter fun at Great Glen offers the T3-Total Trails Ticket that includes a trail pass for xc skiing and snowshoeing; xc ski or snowshoe rentals; all day access to the tubing hill, and a tour on the one-of-a-kind SnowCoach up the Mt. Washington Toll Road. Swap your rental skis for snowshoes and back again. Adult T3 is a $103 value for $69. Kids aged 5-12 is $79 value for $49.
Telemarkers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers can take the SnowCoach partly up the Mt. Washington Auto Road to 4,200 foot elevation at the treeline, then ski down; sightseers are also welcome on the snowcoach for a roundtrip adventure never to be forgotten. The resort also has a snowtubing hill. Accommodations nearby at the Inn at Ellis River. CCSAA member.