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Appalachian Mountain Club Kicks Off Winter with New Outdoor Gear Demo Center and Expanded "Ski, Stay, Play" Packages

For Immediate Release

Laura Hurley, AMC PR Assoc. Director
Appalachian Mountain Club
(617) 391-6621

Pinkham Notch, NH, Dec 06, 2012 -

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Joe Dodge Lodge, in the heart of historic Pinkham Notch, has long been one of New England’s premier outdoor adventure destinations for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. This winter guests can take advantage of the lodge’s brand-new Joe Dodge Lodge Demo Center for outdoor gear and newest “Ski, Stay, Play” partner, Jackson XC.

Located at the base of Mt. Washington, Joe Dodge Lodge is surrounded by popular White Mountain, New Hampshire trails for all abilities, including backcountry classics for ski touring, snowshoeing, and winter mountaineering.

AMC’s newly opened Joe Dodge Lodge Demo Center lets guests put the latest in outdoor gear to the test for free—whether trying out gear crucial for rugged White Mountain backcountry travel or having the kids demo boots on a shorter adventure below tree-line.

The Demo Center features industry-leading gear that currently includes LOWA boots, LEKI hiking poles, and Hillsound winter traction. All gear is available in adult sizes, along with kid-sized boots and poles. As an added perk, guests who test gear will receive a discount to purchase the same or similar model of select items at AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Demo gear is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Joe Dodge Lodge has also partnered with Jackson XC on its newest Ski, Stay, Play package. The Jackson XC trail system boasts one of the most extensive Nordic ski touring networks in the eastern U.S. with more than 154 km of groomed trails, including challenging mountain descents for more difficult conditions plus spectacular views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range.

Skiers can either start out at the Jackson XC base lodge less than 15 minutes away or take the connecting 7.7-mile groomed Ellis River Trail from its trailhead nearby Joe Dodge Lodge. Experienced backcountry skiers can also join up with the Ellis River Trail directly from Joe Dodge Lodge via the “most difficult” 5.5-mile Avalanche Brook Ski Trail that parallels Route 16.

In addition to a full day of skiing, AMC’s all-inclusive Ski, Stay, Play lodging package includes a freshly prepared dinner and breakfast plus free walk-on “Outdoor Explorations” activities that range from guided snowshoe hikes and animal tracking walks to outdoor skills 101. The lodge features a library and living room with fireplace that are perfect for unwinding after a day outdoors.

Nordic skiers can also take advantage of Joe Dodge Lodge’s “Ski and Tube Free” package with Great Glen Trails, and alpine skiers have their pick of Wildcat and Attitash packages. For further details, including package rates, visit http://www.outdoors.org/skinh. AMC’s Ski, Stay, Play package with Jackson XC starts at $100 for adult non-members and $86 for members.

For more information about Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center accommodations and amenities, visit http://www.outdoors.org/pinkham.

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. With more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC supports natural resource conservation while encouraging responsible recreation, based on the philosophy that successful, long-term conservation depends upon first-hand enjoyment of the natural environment.



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