Winter Trails Days: Outdoor Snow Sports for the Family


Due to the thin snow cover, most Winter Trails Day events are being rescheduled from Saturday, January 8 to Saturday, January 22 at Notchview on Route 9, Windsor, MA. On January 8th, the free “Winter Woods” snowshoe hike will take place as planned at 1:30 p.m. All other free events will take place on Saturday, January 22 , between 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. A special ½ price trail fee is offered to everyone on January 22, first time visitors are free. Snowshoes will be available for free to try out for up to two hours.

Winter Trails Day at Notchview
Free Snow Sport Events for the Family
Saturday, January 8th, 2011 Rescheduled for January 22nd, 2011

“At Notchview we strive to create a community of skiers of all abilities who love the outdoors. Winter Trails Day is a great opportunity for someone thinking about trying cross-country skiing or snowshoeing to jump in,” according to Jim Caffrey, the superintendent of Notchview Reservation. “Outdoor exercise is a great way to beat the winter blues and pick up your spirits. Nordic skiing is a low-impact, healthy sport for men and women of all ages. The lessons will cover everything from the basics: how to dress; how to get your skis on and off and how to get up after falling; to more advanced topics like proper form and balance. Plenty of skiers will be on hand to provide advice and support.” (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The Trustees of Reservations invite everyone to try out a snow sport on Winter Trails Day. Free events will take place at Notchview on Route 9, Windsor, MA on Saturday, January 8th January 22nd, from 10am-3pm. Snowshoes will be available for free to try out for up to two hours. Free cross-country ski lessons and trail use will be offered for beginner and intermediate skiers at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm. At 11am there will be a waxing clinic covering both waxable and no-wax skis. Find out why no-wax skis should be waxed and how to find the proper ski fit. A good fitting pair of cross-country skis can make or break your skiing experience. At 1:30pm The Trustees volunteers will lead a one-hour “Winter Woods” snowshoe hike. A special ½ price trail fee is offered to everyone; first time visitors are free.

People can venture out for a Nordic orienteering game where they ski along Notchview’s scenic trails, following a map to reach marked locations. Each location has a unique punch code to record on a game card. Prizes will be awarded based on the number of locations recorded.


Winter Trails Day is a national event to showcase the health benefits of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. These low-impact aerobic activities incorporate strength and endurance training, and can help people stay active and healthy throughout the winter months when other sports are impossible to pursue.

To enjoy winter sports, dress in layers with a windproof shell or parka as the top layer. Wear sturdy, waterproof winter boots. Snowshoe bindings are designed to strap on over regular boots. Notchview does not have ski rentals on site. Rental ski packages including skis, boots and poles are available in advance from various local ski shop.


Notchview is one of more than 100 Trustees of Reservations properties across the stat with 3,108 acres with 40km of trails (28km groomed), of mostly single-track trails for classical skiing. Skate skiing is available on 10 km of groomed trail, and 2 km of trail are available for dog owners and multi-use. Snowshoe rentals are available for non-skiers, who can trek alongside the groomed tracks. Hot drinks and snacks are available at Notchview. Lunch is available from nearby stores or bring your own. For more information contact Notchview at or 684-0148. Ski conditions are available from the Notchview phone or at or Notchview is open daily from sunrise to sunset, year-round.

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