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Windsor, MA – November 9, 2011 – With the recent snow fall on Halloween and expected early onset of winter weather, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization, are anticipating and preparing for another great season of skiing at Notchview Reservation in Windsor. 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.
Fortunately, Notchview’s trail system survived the hurricane season with minimal damage and will be ready to go when the snow flies again. The Trustees have been wrapping up maintenance on the organization’s environmentally friendly, snow-grooming fleet and working with many dedicated, local volunteers to complete the upgrade to the new trail from the Visitor Center to Shaw Road.
In preparation for a busy season, The Trustees are excited to once again offer a season ski pass. With a current Trustees’ membership ($47 for individuals, $37 for students and seniors), and a 2011–12 ski pass, Nordic skiers can ski free all day, every day, all winter long. Ski pass stickers are $45 per adult for individual members, and also admit children under 18 in addition to the sticker holder. For non-Trustees members, daily adult skiing fees are $12 per person and $6 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Trustees of Reservations members with a Supporting Level Membership ($165) or higher may ski free every day by showing their membership card, and will not need to show a ski pass.
For stickers purchased on or before December 15, 2011, members will save $10 off the regular $45 price. At just $35 per adult for a season’s worth of unlimited skiing and snowshoeing, daily, a Notchview ski pass pays for itself, in less than 2–3 visits, depending on if you are bringing kids. Notchview ski passes make great “green” gifts, too, as do Trustees memberships, which not only provide many benefits including discounts on admission to Trustees reservations and events, but also help The Trustees care for and keep open for the public to enjoy 106 beautiful reservations located in 73 communities around the state. To purchase a Notchview Ski Pass, please visit www.thetrustees.org/skipass. For more information about Notchview and The Trustees of Reservations, please visit www.thetrustees.org or call 413.684.0148.
All proceeds from sticker sales support the Notchview ski program, including better-constructed trails able to withstand the changeable New England winter, and modern, reliable grooming equipment. Of course, the ski pass program can’t cover all of the costs of keeping Notchview the first-class skiing destination so many have come to love, which is where Trustees memberships come in.
More About Notchview
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. Due to its high elevation and extensive trail network, Notchview was selected several years ago as the southern terminal for a long-distance, low-impact backcountry ski trail envisioned by Olympic medalist Bill Koch. The trail will follow the spine of the Appalachian crest and terminate in the Gaspe Peninsula.
Notchview is a part of the Hoosac Range, an extension of Vermont's Green Mountains. Much of the Reservation is above 2,000 feet, with Judge's Hill the highest point at 2,297 feet. Although some fields are kept open, most of the Reservation is covered with a red spruce and northern hardwood forest. The reservation was given to The Trustees to manage and care for by Lt. Col. Arthur D. Budd 1965. The 93-acre Smithers Woodland Preserve was added to the Reservation in 1993. The Colonel Arthur D. Budd Visitor Center is open year-round. Facilities include public restrooms and two trail shelters, open year round. Private functions may be arranged. For more information, visit www.thetrustees.org or call 413/684-0148
More About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization, founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance. Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 106 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 73 communities throughout Massachusetts for current and future generations to enjoy.
The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or discounted for members.
Committed to sustainable conservation and stewardship, The Trustees and are working to reduce their overall carbon footprint by caring for and managing their reservations in the “greenest” way possible, and promoting healthy landscapes that can adapt to or resist the changes that climate change.
Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. One of the largest nonprofits in Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 150 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out more or to become a member or volunteer, please contact www.thetrustees.org