GILFORD — The leaves are changing color and falling from the trees, despite a week that has seen highs in the 80s.
Autumn is officially here... and we at the Gunstock Nordic & Outdoor Center could not be more excited to enter this transitional season!
October, generally a month spent mowing trails and preparing for Winter Operations, will look a little different for Nordic, which has enjoyed a fantastically fun first Summer of Mountaintop Yoga and Guided Hikes. Fall programming will hit the ground running, and continue through November!
Here’s what’s on tap:
Mountaintop Yoga: Oct. 7, 14 and 28
Enjoy a relaxing lift ride to the summit over the beautiful fall foliage, where you’ll spend the next 45 minutes lost in movement, breath, and meditation. The lift ride down will wow you, with views of the lake and mountains as far as the eye can see!
Dress for the temperature, and be sure to factor in the difference at the summit, which is usually about 10 degrees, give or take autumn wind chill. Mats are available on a first-come, first serve basis.
Meet at the Welcome Center at 8:40 a.m., class begins at 9 a.m.
Preseason Ski and Snowboard Training with Kale: Thursdays and Sundays, Oct. 5 through Nov. 12
For Alpine AND Nordic skiers, as well as riders! Don’t spend the first month of fantastic skiing and snowboarding just getting into shape! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned vet, this structured 6 week preseason program will enhance your strength, conditioning, and mobility. We will use natural elements, Gunstock’s fantastic terrain, and other fun drills that will allow you to “slide” into the season ready to ski and ride when the snow flies! Attend one or two sessions per week. Reservations are required.
Meet at Welcome Center at 6:45 a.m., class begins at 7 a.m.
Coach Kale Poland is a Certified Personal Trainer, specializing in strength, endurance, and agility. He has run and won a 500-mile running race, is the youngest male in the world to finish the DECA Iron (a continuous 24-mile swim, 1,120-mile bike, and 262 mile run) among other things, and is a lifetime skier. His training philosophy revolves around inclusion for all abilities, and “if you’re not having fun, what’s the point?”
Foliage Hiking Tours
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year here in the Lakes Region. Bright greens slowly become brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds. An adventurous 1.5 hour round-trip hike through the woods, while taking in majestic views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap, Ossipee and White Mountains is a wonderful way to ensure we get outdoors during the week to appreciate our natural surroundings while getting a workout! Route to change based on weather and ability of hikers. Rain? As long as no thunderstorms are in the area, we'll get in touch with our inner youth and puddle splash our way through it!
Two ways to enjoy the foliage on foot! Night tours on Oct. 7, 14 and 21. Daytime tours on Oct. 7 and 14.
Bring water, appropriate hiking footwear and a fun attitude! Hikes will start earlier as we progress into the fall with less daylight. Start times will be updated on the events calendar.
Fall Flurry Mountain Bike Adventure, $20, Nov. 4
This isn't your normal mountain bike race course. This single-loop course features everything a true adventure on a bike should have – hence the name adventure ... Fast double-track, fun single-track, barely-rideable short technical sections, unrideable climbs, a stream crossing and bike carries.
Sign up online at Bikereg.com, or race day registration will be held at the Gunstock Nordic Center from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Race is a mass start - men and women, at 10:30 a.m. Pandemonium!
Are you ready?
Oh, and come early, so you can get the hot preseason blowout deals at Mountainside Outfitters, the Nordic Center, and the infamous Gunstock Ski Club Sale!
We're looking forward to getting our fall fitness on and using the outdoors as our gym during our most colorful season! See you soon!
~ Kale Poland
Yoga on the mountaintop at Gunstock. (Courtesy photos)