Greetings Nordic People! As Autumn comes and goes we prepare for the fun and busy times ahead. Here at Great Glen Trails, in the shadow of New Hampshire's Mt. Washington we are making lists of trail chores, performing annual building maintenance and prepping the Outfitters shop for an early November opening and Locals Night.

We've installed a super efficient pellet-boiler to heat the base lodge in our never-ending effort to run a "Greener" business. We were named host for the Bill Koch Festival in March, added a new rental fleet and offer free season passes for all children of adult passholders.
Getting the word out to our guests and prospective guests continues to be a high priority. So we're installing iPads in the lodge with incentives for folks to sign-in with email addresses that we'll use to communicate with them.
Discounted Framed fat bikes available for all CCSAA members. We are trying to organize a group buy of the popular Minnesota-based fat bike distributor "Framed" for the beginning of November. About a third of the people that answered the survey a couple weeks ago, expressed interest in this money saving/making opportunity. Please get back to me directly at: to place your order, find out pricing, and dating. CCSAA can achieve a great discount on these hot-to-trot bikes. We rented them last year here at Great Glen and then sold them all off in the spring. Hope to hear from you soon.

This issue of the Nordic Network has info about the upcoming CCSAA Eastern Meeting and the Boston Ski Show.
See you on the trails.


Nate Harvey, Great Glen Trails Manager
CCSAA Board of Directors

P.S. from Chris

Last month I was so hopeful talking about new more efficient software and operating platforms for running the CCSAA office. This month I'm frustrated with the slow process of learning new systems, transferring records from one program to another, technology glitches (Seriously to use a wildly sophisticated bluetooth headset an old-school corded phone was needed and it took 3 phones to get one that actually functioned....corded phones are cheap and apparently not so good.), and both the usual and unusual life interruptions (My new house needed a new drilled well to replace its ancient contaminated dug well. After 580' of drilling through shale, hydrofracking was necessary to get water. Let's not even discuss how much over budget my clean water cost.). However, all this is just a temporary point in time and once the dust settles the changes will be a step forward.

Meanwhile on the very positive side it's exciting to have the Board of Directors directly involved in areas that've been primarily managed by me. The Eastern Meeting and Conference are prime examples. The agendas are now created by Nordic Directors for Nordic Directors. The presentations speak directly to what you care about, the hot-button topics that are driving your business. The Annual Conference will focus on grooming and hospitality. The Eastern Meeting has an exciting blend of national program updates; specifics on getting the most from embracing ski racing at your Center; and creating a Nordic-themed community. Oh, and we get to take fat bikes for a ride first thing in the fun is that!

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Chris Frado, CCSAA Executive Director
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CCSAA Eastern Meeting at Waterville, NH on Nov 5 

The CCSAA Eastern meeting is a great way to start the ski season. This year's meeting will be on Thursday, November 5 at Waterville Valley, NH. You'll get an overview of trends from SIA and a review of CCSAA programs as well as an opportunity to speak with vendors at the trade expo. Meet with other Nordic center owners and managers and attend the educational sessions to discuss building a culture in your town, hosting a race, and striking a balance between recreationa l an d r a cing. A light breakfast and lunch will be included. Drop off brochures for the Boston Ski Show and pickup granola bars. Visit the CCSAA website for the full  agenda and to Register.

Boston Ski Show Beefs Up Nordic Skiing

The Boston Ski Show will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center on Seaport Blvd. NEW this year is the SIA Nordic Village with "The Biathlon Experience" including actual laser rifle and target and daily competitions, plus introductory tryouts of cross country skiing and snowshoeing using real equipment on Astro turf track. Nordic Village is especially popular with youngsters ready for fun new experiences on snow.

The show is set for Thursday and Friday, Nov 12-13 at 3-10 PM; Saturday, Nov 14 at 10 AM - 8 PM and Sunday, Nov 15 at 10 AM - 6 PM.  For the first time at Expo, cross country ski and snowshoe gear, clothing and accessories will be featured at the new Nordic Specialty Shop at the Nordic Village inside the Expo hall, hosted by CCSAA members Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.

Tickets to attend the show are $15 per person and free for kids age 12 and under. Click here for  discount coupons. Click here for Seaport directions and parking info.

CCSAA Meetings for 2015-16

* Eastern Meeting: Waterville Valley, NH on Thursday,
November 5, 2015. REGISTER HERE.

* Annual Conference: Snow Mountain Ranch, CO
April 5-6, 2016

These meetings provide a great opportunity for networking with your peers in the business and professional development for your ski area staff. It is impossible to come away from any CCSAA meeting without learning about some new ideas.

CCSAA Member Area Insurance Rates
For the fifth straight year your premium rates will remain pretty much the way they were last year. There have been no significant rate increases over the last three years and there are none anticipated through 2016. Your buying power and sensitivity to loss control  made this possible.
The loss experience for the CCSAA endorsed ski program is very favorable. Claim severity is at a minimum and frequency is almost non-existent. Your attitude toward loss prevention and control are paying off.
Keep up the good work! The more areas we get into your program the better it is for every ski area. Thank you for making me a part of it!

Tom Lawrence, Aurora Insurance 518-860-4456
Capital Watch - October Edition

The October edition of the NSAA Capital Watch includes references to a possible government shutdown and a Colorado Supreme Court case involving avalanches that serves as a good reminder to resorts that avalanches, snow slides and tree wells should be expressly included in your releases. To see the full edition click October Capital Watch.
Flagstaff Nordic Center Sold
According to a story on, the Flagstaff Nordic Center in Flagstaff, AZ has been sold to Babbitt Ranches, a family-owned business that manages 750,000 acres of private land and grazing leases to raise livestock, manage natural resources, and promote science. The Nordic Center's 11-year owners Wendell and Jennifer Johnson agreed to remain as managers of the Nordic Center and will help with plans to make the business less reliant on the snow season.

"This is an exciting opportunity to connect more people -- especially youth -- with nature, expand on environmental education and outdoor adventures, promote healthy lifestyles, incorporate technology, reinforce how families are recreating today, and cultivate and nurture a land ethic as we are all part of the broader land community," said Babbitt Ranches President and General Manager Bill Cordasco in a press release.

Canmore to Open on Oct 23
Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta, Canada plans to open about 1+ km of groomed trails on October 23, 2015. The Frozen Thunder Trail is covered with machine-made snow that was stored over the summer. The early trail access is used for team and athlete training on Monday-Friday from 9 -12 and then open to the public from noon until 9 PM. The weekends will be open all day to any XC skiers who want to get in some early season skiing. Night skiing is available from 5-9 PM and is FREE.

According to Sue Taylor, Canmore Visitor Experience Supervisor, all of the Canmore Nordic Centre facilities will be in operation during the early season including the Day Lodge, Fresh Trax Café, wax rooms and gym. A special pass covering the period of October 23 - November 13 is available for $90 or the daily skiing trail fee is $15. Rentals and lessons are available via Trail Sports, the service provider at the centre. Access to the trails by regular Canmore Nordic Centre season pass holders begins on November 14 and does not include the early season trail fees.

Weston Ski Track to be Run by MA DCR
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced it is taking over the ski operations at the Leo J. Martin Golf Course also known as the Weston Ski Track outside of Boston, MA. Last year, Leo J. Martin, under the management of the Weston Ski Track enjoyed another successful ski season, with some 42,000 paid skier visits.

The DCR has decided to manage and operate the ski operations beginning this year and plans to open in early December. It was stated that the DCR intends to improve and enhance the operation using the necessary resources - and it has acquired a new grooming machine and upgraded snowmaking equipment to back up that claim. All eyes will be on this XC ski area this winter.

New Address
88 South Lincoln Street, #1
Keene, NH 03431 

Same Phone & Email