Great Glen Trails Hosts a Huge Week of Youth Nordic Ski Racing

Pinkham Notch, NH— This week, Great Glen Trails has been the epicenter of youth Nordic ski racing in New England. With prime snow conditions here in Pinkham Notch, groomed to perfection by the Great Glen Trails staff, kids from elementary through high school are competing in multiple categories of Nordic racing.

This past weekend, Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in conjunction with New England Nordic Ski Association, hosted the annual New England Bill Koch League Festival, the largest youth Nordic ski festival in the country for kids in grades 1-8. In total, 586 participants took part in the two-day festival, representing 10 Bill Koch League (BKL) districts from New England and New York, and including members of 27 BKL clubs as well as 32 independent skiers. Races were organized by age groups, with both freestyle relays and individual classic races. Congratulations to all the racers for putting in their best effort, and for the support of their coaches and families during the weekend’s events. For complete results, click here.

Families can browse and purchase official event photos of their racers on

Joe Viger’s website.

While racing was a central part of the Festival, the kids were also given a taste of ski jumping and biathlon, as well as fun activities such as snow tubing, obstacle courses, radar runs, ski tours, and face painting. In addition, two special guests were in attendance at this year’s Festival, including two-time Olympic cross-country skier Ida Sargent, as well as the League’s namesake, Bill Koch. Both have been an inspiration to the next generation of Nordic ski racers, and were available during the Festival for autographs and discussions.

A sincere “thank you” goes out to the Festival’s presenting sponsor, The Valley Originals, as well as a host of other regional and national sponsors including L.L. Bean, Swix, Nokian Tires, The Glen House hotel, Ragged Mountain Equipment, Skida, Living Shores Aquarium, Settlers Green, SkiErg, Bolt Depot, Northeast Delta Dental, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, Zeb’s Country Store, Clif Bar, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli, Town & Country Inn and Resort, and the Law Offices of Cooper Cargill Chant.

In addition, several other organizations contributed their time and resources to the Festival, making it a fun experience for all involved: Jackson Biathlon, Nansen Ski Club, Gorham National Honor Society, New England Ski Jumping Nordic Combined, and the Kennett High School ski jumping team.

On March 3 and 4, Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center welcomes over 300 high school Nordic racers from around the State for the NHIAA State Championships. Schools from Divisions III and IV will be racing on March 3, with the larger schools from Divisions I and II taking to the course on March 4. Great Glen Trails has been a favored venue for the State Championships for many years, due to its facilities and easy access to the course, as well as the great snow conditions afforded by the higher elevation, and the expert grooming that trail system is famous for.

At the conclusion of the races, results will be available for the boy’s divisions here and for the girl’s divisions here. Congratulations go out to all the teen athletes for competing at their personal bests, and especially to those who topped the charts for their respective schools and divisions.

The family-owned Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, opened in 1994, is one of New Hampshire’s premier Nordic ski areas, with 45 kilometers of trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. During the summer months, the Outdoor Center focuses on human-powered outdoor activities including kayaking, biking, hiking and trail running.