PINKHAM NOTCH — The New England Bill Koch League Festival will return to Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center on Feb. 29-March 1, 2020, the New England Nordic Ski Association announced in June.

Last hosted by Great Glen in 2016, the festival is the marquee event of the Bill Koch League, the largest cross-country ski program for children in the United States.

Whether a child loves the adventure of cross-country skiing, enjoys playing with friends on skis, or wants to grow up to be a ski racer, the New England Bill Koch League has something for them.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is an avid supporter of youth ski programs, and has hosted its own Bill Koch League club for over a decade.

Headed by Great Glen’s ski school director and former Olympian Sue Wemyss, the club is active throughout the winter season and has exposed hundreds of kids to the sport in a fun and instructional learning environment.

Once a year, skiers and clubs from all over New England and New York come together at the annual festival for a weekend of fun and cross-country skiing.

The site rotates annually through the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

In 2016, Great Glen hosted with the theme of “White Mountain Magic,” a celebration of the wonder of being out enjoying the natural world in winter.

The 2020 festival them will be “Superheroes,” which will be a celebration of the inherent superpowers that exist in all of us — skiers, coaches and parents alike.

The weekend will feature relay and individual races by age group, as well as a healthy mix of non-racing activities that all can enjoy.

Registration will open in the fall. For more information on the festival email lisa@mt-washington.com or tom@nensa.net.

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