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! Read the rest of this entry »

6 Western MA Cross-Country Ski Resources

Nordic Skiing Connects Families to the Outdoors through Local Resources

With winter truly upon us here in western Massachusetts, families are gearing up for ski season! Take advantage of the many properties and trail systems catering to cross-country skiing during the winter months, including Notchview in Windsor. Families can find lessons, equipment rentals, and opportunities to explore the wintry landscape by tapping into local resources for cross-country skiing!

With its roots lying in the snowy winters of Scandinavia, cross-country skiing has been a competitive sport since as early as the 18th century. Though cross-country techniques certainly have changed over the past two and a half centuries, the sport itself has become a winter standard all around the world. Here in western Massachusetts, cross-country skiers enjoy numerous trail systems and, generally, snow-filled winters that offer a long season of skiing within a beautiful landscape.

Distinctly different from downhill skiing in both structure and purpose, cross-country skiing utilizes much narrower skis than downhill, and uses boots that attach to skis only at the toe – thus creating a piece of equipment that is the skiing equivalent of speed skating’s clap skate. Cross country skiers strive sometimes for speed, but aim more to cover great distances than to zip through courses. Of course, competitive cross-country skiing combines both of these elements (top speeds and long trails), but recreational skiing emphasizes distance rather than speed.

Accessible to skiers of all ages and abilities, cross-country 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 cross-country skiing adds to a western Massachusetts winter!  Read the rest of this entry »

Think Snow! Winter Trails Day at Notchview

Due to lack of snow Winter Trails day has been rescheduled for February 11, 2012.

Winter Feels Good: A Day of Winter Family Fun
January 7th, 2012

Polar Bear Post at Notchview in Windsor, MA

Notchview, a cross country skiing and snowshoeing center located in Windsor, MA, is hosting their annual Winter Trails day on January 7th, 2012!  The event takes place from 10am-3pm, and is full of opportunities for families to work on their ski and showshoe skills!  There will be free cross country skiing lessons at 10:30am and 1:30pm, a ski waxing workshop at 11am, and showshoes are available to rent for free for adventures up to two hours long!

Trail passes are half price for the day, and there are miles of trails to explore.

Notchview also has an orienteering game where skiers practice their map-reading skills and test their sense of direction!  The event is sure to be fun for skiers and showshoers of all ages and abilities- it can be a fun day of practice, or a great first time!  Don’t forget to dress warmly.  For more information, call Notchview at 413-684-0148 or visit www.notchview.org.

Due to lack of snow Winter Trails day has been rescheduled for February 11, 2012.

Notchview Opens for the 2011-2012 Season

Season Begins at Notchview!

The Trustees write, "With more than 3,000 acres of rolling terrain, Notchview offers an idyllic escape for winter sport enthusiasts, especially cross-country skiers looking for a brisk outing. Seventeen kilometers of trails are groomed and track-set for classical cross-country skiing; eight kilometers are groomed for skate skiing. A separate trail system is groomed for “skijoring,” or skiing with dogs. You can also go off track and explore the backcountry, or snowshoe alongside the ski trails." (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Though the ground is still snow-free, the winter outdoor activity season is beginning!  The Trustees of Reservations’ Notchview in Windsor, MA opened for the season on December 5th, and there are all sorts of outdoor adventures to be had this winter!

There’s a youth ski league where kids can have fun learning fundamental ski skills on Sunday, Mar. 4th, 2012, and aspiring nordic skiiers of all ages can take lessons, too on Saturday, Dec. 24th!

Skiing enthusiasts can share their love of the sport with others by volunteering as a Ski Ambassador, and if you’re interested in safety you can train to be part of the ski patrol. A winter volunteer orientation and training will take place on Thursday, Dec. 15th from 7-8:30pm for all those interested.

Skiing is great exercise and learning to ski is a way to ensure that you enjoy the outdoors year-round!  It’s a skill your kids will have and enjoy for their whole lives.  For more information, call Notchview at 413-684-0148 or visit www.thetrustees.org.

To enter to win we are inviting our readers to share with us ways they enjoy participating in community life during the winter months in Western MA. Click on the banner to find out how to enter to win!

In an effort to encourage active participation in community life and appreciation for local landscape, Hilltown Families and the Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) have partnered up to offer our readers a chance to win a yearlong family membership to The Trustees for 2012 plus two adult stickers for cross-country skiing at Notchview in Windsor for the 2011-12 season (minors ski for free with adults). Click on the banner for details.

ENTER TO WIN: Family Membership to The Trustees & Cross-Country Skiing Season Passes at Notchview

Enter to win…

Family Yearlong Membership to the Trustees of Reservations and a Family Pass for Cross-Country Skiing at Notchview in Windsor for 2011-12 Season!

Enter to win a Family Yearlong Membership to the Trustees of Reservations and a Family Pass for Cross-Country Skiing at Notchview in Windsor this winter! Deadline to enter to win: 12/24/11 @ 12midnight (EST). Details below. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Western MA is a beautiful place to visit and explore all year long.  With winter coming and snow sure to fall, many families will be looking to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as ways to get outside and enjoy the snowy backwoods and trails in the region.

In an effort to encourage active participation in community life and appreciation for local landscape, Hilltown Families and the Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) have partnered up to offer our readers a chance to win a yearlong family membership to The Trustees for 2012 plus two adult stickers for cross-country skiing at Notchview in Windsor for the 2011-12 season (minors ski for free with adults).

To enter to win we are inviting our readers to share with us ways they enjoy participating in community life during the winter months in Western MA. Details on how to enter to win are below.  But first we want to tell you more about what a membership to the Trustees of Reservations will afford your family, and all about nordic skiing at Notchview!

FAMILY MEMBERSHIP TO THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS

A yearlong family membership to the Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization, will support your family’s outdoor adventures all year long. With 13 properties in the Pioneer Valley alone, some of the local treasures your family can enjoy include Land of Providence, Dinosaur Footprints and Mt. Tom in Holyoke, Chesterfield Gorge and Peaked Mountain.

A family membership ($67 value) includes:

  • Free/reduced, year-round admission to 106 Trustees stunning reservations located in 73 communities across Massachusetts, such as Notchview in Windsor, the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, Land of Providence and Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke and beyond the Pioneer Valley and Hilltowns such as Crane Beach in Ipswich, World’s End in Hingham, the Old Manse in Concord, Doyle Community Park and Center in Leominster, Bartholomew’s Cobble in Tyringham, and Cape Poge on Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Discounts on stays at Trustees Bed & Breakfasts (The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich and the Guest House at FieldFarm in Williamstown)
  • Discounted fees for the hundreds of events, programs, lectures, summer camps and workshops offered by The Trustees year-round for all ages
  • The Trustees Property Guide, a 224-page guidebook to the organization’s 100-plus reservations—available exclusively to members
  • A year’s subscription to The Trustees quarterly member magazine, Special Places, which will keep you up to date on topics such as conservation, the natural world, history and culture across Massachusetts

The Colonel Arthur D. Budd Visitor Center is open year-round at Notchview in Windsor, MA. Facilities include public restrooms, and two trail shelters, open year round. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AT NOTCHVIEW IN WINDSOR, MA

One of Massachusetts’ premier cross-country skiing centers – drawing an average of 10,000 skiers to its 19 miles of groomed, track-set and backcountry ski trails each winter – Notchview is also popular among ski skating and snowshoe enthusiasts, as well as year-round hikers and walkers. With a current Trustees’ membership, and a 2011– 12 ski pass ($45 per adult), Nordic skiers can ski free all day, every day, all winter long. Ski pass stickers for adult members also admit children under 18 in addition to the sticker holder.

Notchview is one of the only independent, all-Nordic ski areas still thriving in the region. Boasting an active all-volunteer Ski Patrol Program, Notchview regularly hosts youth, high school, college, and masters ski races throughout the season, including the annual Massachusetts High School Nordic championships and the New England Bill Koch Youth Ski Festival, which is held every four years.

The Colonel Arthur D. Budd Visitor Center is open year-round. Facilities include public restrooms and two trail shelters, open year round. For more information about Notchview, visit www.thetrustees.org or call 413-684-0148.

Chesterfield Gorge in West Chesterfield (left), and Chapel Falls in Ashfield (right), are just two of the 106 reservations sure to delight your family!

MORE ABOUT THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS

The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities locally across Massachusetts by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Since 2001, The Trustees have been building a stronger conservation presence in the Pioneer Valley region with educational and grassroots community outreach programs and the pursuit of significant land conservation opportunities. Currently, The Trustees own and manage 13 spectacular properties in the Pioneer Valley, and 106 reservations located in 73 communities across Massachusetts . In addition, the Trustees locally operate the Highland Communities Initiative (HCI), a program created to protect the natural and cultural character of 38 rural hilltowns located between the Connecticut and Housatonic Rivers. HCI recently affiliated with the Hilltown Land Trust (HLT), and both organizations are now headquartered in the recently renovated Bullitt Reservation farmhouse, (formerly the Ashfield Town Poor Farm), which recently underwent a deep energy retrofit and boasts many sustainable building features. To find out more about The Trustees, visit www.thetrustees.org (they’re on Facebook too);  and for the HCI and HLT, visit www.highlandcommunities.org.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a yearlong family membership to The Trustees for 2012 plus two adult stickers for cross-country skiing at Notchview in Windsor for the 2011-12 season (minors ski for free with adults) is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! Valued together is over $150!

To enter to win simply:

  1. SHARE WAYS YOUR FAMILY ENJOYS PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY LIFE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS IN WESTERN MA below (one entry per household); and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE), Must include your town to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL IN THE EMAIL FIELD BELOW (we never share your email address with a third party).
  5. CONSIDER SHARING THIS POST ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER by selecting the icons below.
  6. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Saturday, 12/24/11 @ 12Midnight (EST).

A family or individual membership to The Trustees of Reservations would make a great holiday gift! For more information visit www.thetrustees.org… and while you’re at it, “Like” them on Facebook too!

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