Nordic Skiing in Western MA

Nordic Skiing in Western MA

Accessible to skiers of all ages and abilities, nordic skiing is a favorite winter activity locally. Skiers young, old, inexperienced, and expert can take advantage of local trail systems, equipment rentals, classes, and special community events in order to experience the magic that nordic skiing adds to a Western Massachusetts winter.

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Originating in snowy Scandinavia, nordic skiing has been a competitive sport since the 18th century. It provides access to nature during the winter as well as the chance to explore local outdoor places and trail systems in Western Massachusetts. Many of the nordic ski centers in our region offer lessons to beginners to help inexperienced skiers learn the basic techniques of cross-country skiing. In addition to being a fun winter sport that maintains physical fitness, it is also a way to connect with friends, neighbors and the local community whether out on the trails or warming up in the ski lodge!

Visit these Nordic ski centers this winter and explore their trails and snowy landscapes:

https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5203/5351826727_2a5cf991ec_o.jpgNotchview Reservation, The Trustees – Windsor, MA
Over 3,000 acres of conservation land. Groomed trails. Cross-country skiing lessons and rentals for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Northfield Mountain – Northfield, MA
Rental skis and lessons available.

Field Farm, The Trustees – Williamstown, MA
Bring your own skis.

Lime Kiln Farm, Mass Audubon – Sheffield, MA
Two miles of trails that include rolling hills, conifer forests, and a limestone ridge. Bring your own skis.

Bartholomew’s Cobble, The Trustees – Sheffield, MA
Bring your own skis.

Stump Sprouts Guest Lodge and Cross-country Ski Center – Hawley, MA
Situated atop a high meadow. Lessons and rentals.


Download our Jan/Feb edition of Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts for places to ski, skate and snowshoe in Western MA.

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