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Windsor, MA – December 23, 2014 – Finding your path to winter fun is easy at Notchview, Massachusetts’ largest Nordic ski center. Skiers, snowshoers, and winter hikers looking for an exciting new way to explore Notchview’s 3,100 acres will have a helpful guide at their fingertips this season, as The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) roll out the Go Trustees mobile app. Whether you’re renting cross country skis or snowshoes for the first time at the Budd Visitor Center or a seasoned winter sports enthusiast, visitors can now map their progress on the trails at Notchview and other Trustees’ properties directly from their smartphones, which will also include access to weather information and local Trustees’ events. Go Trustees is the latest in a series of new offerings at Notchview intended to make the joys and benefits of getting outdoors in winter more accessible, convenient, and sustainable. This winter, guests will also notice four photovoltaic solar panels lining the parking area which will provide a significant portion of the power used by the Budd Visitor Center. On the trails, improvements completed by our volunteer trail crew are primed to make the skiing experience better in low-snow conditions by avoiding wet areas that degrade the snowpack.
“Notchview has always been a warm and welcoming destination, drawing together a wonderful community year-round and especially during the snowiest months,” says Joanna Ballantine, The Trustees’ Regional Director for the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and Central Massachusetts. “It is our goal to get more people out to enjoy our properties where they can be healthy and active. We hope our new app, sustainable improvements, and enhanced visitor services at Notchview will inspire more families and friends to experience the essence and beauty of winter together.”
Go Trustees App
With Go Trustees, finding your place on Notchview’s nearly 25 miles of groomed and backcountry trails spread over 3,200 acres is simple for both novices and serious athletes alike. The app uses interactive smartphone mapping technology to provide real-time guidance and different trail loop options while also giving up-to-date information about weather conditions, Trustees' events, and the ability to share photos and experiences with on social media. The app is available for free download for both iPhone and Android smartphones through iTunes and Google Play, and currently includes twenty of The Trustees’ 112 properties — with nine in central and western Massachusetts.
Notchview's warm welcome for families and winter sports newcomers expanded last season with several new amenities that will continue this year, including Helen's Café in the sustainably renovated Budd Visitor Center lodge, ski and snowshoe equipment rentals for adults and children, and Nordic ski lessons offered every Saturday and Sunday during the ski season. Out on the trails, volunteers from Notchview’s Tuesday Trail Team installed three new bridges and helped smooth or relocate several routes to provide a better trail surface in variable and thin snow conditions. And while they enjoy the property, visitors can ask questions and receive guidance or help from Notchview’s award-winning all-volunteer ski patrol.
Passes and Rentals
Notchview's daily winter trail access rates for Trustees members without a season’s pass are $8 for adults and $3 for children (ages 6–12) on weekends and holidays, and free on weekdays. For non-Trustees members, weekend, weekday, and holiday fees are $15 for adults and $6 for children (ages 6–12). For those who like to frequent this special place, The Trustees are once again offering members a “Members Only Season’s Pass” offering significant value. With a current Trustees’ membership, plus a 2014–15 season pass, visitors can ski free all day, every day, all winter long! This season’s pass is $50 per adult. Children in a Trustees-member family who are under age 18 ski free when accompanied by an adult season pass holder.
In an effort to be more sustainable, The Trustees have installed four, Vermont-made photovoltaic solar panels from AllEarth Renewables at Notchview, which will produce 24kW of electricity annually, powering many of the property’s operations while reducing carbon emissions by the equivalent of 29,000 pounds of coal burned every year. Located adjacent to the parking area, the panels have the ability to mechanically shed snow after storms. Excess power from the panels will be net metered, or, credited against power use by The Trustees' buildings served by Western Mass Electric Co (WMECO). These include buildings at Notchview, the Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield, and the Bryant Homestead in Cummington.
All proceeds from access tickets and season pass sales help support the Notchview ski center and important work of The Trustees of Reservations. This means better-constructed and cared for trails that are able to withstand the changeable New England winter, and modern, reliable grooming equipment. For more information on Trustees membership and ski pass purchases, click here.
The Trustees of Reservations were founded in 1891 by Charles Eliot with the mission to “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance around the state for public use and enjoyment. Supported by more than 100,000 members as well as generous donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 111 spectacular reservations – including working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, community parks, barrier beaches and mountain vistas – located in 75 towns on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. An established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally, The Trustees also work closely with permanent affiliates, including the Hilltown Land Trust, as well as hundreds of community partners to engage Massachusetts residents and beyond in their programs, properties and overall mission. To find out more, please visit www.thetrustees.org.