Windsor, MA – February 3, 2014 – Skiing and camaraderie go hand-in-hand. Add good food and drink, and you have the recipe for a truly memorable winter day! This season, The Trustees of Reservations will make it even easier to spend the day Nordic (a.k.a. cross country) skiing, snowshoeing or hiking with friends and family by offering café-style food service, as well as cross-country ski equipment rentals and lessons at our Notchview Reservation in Windsor. These additions represent an expansion of visitor services at this premier destination for Nordic skiers and snowshoers from across the northeast – the largest Nordic ski area in Massachusetts, with 40 km of trails covering 3,200 acres.
Together, the new features provide a convenient opportunity for skiers to get out and experience the fun and exercise of Nordic skiing without the commitment of purchasing new gear, and for friends and family to linger longer over sandwiches or hot drinks, as they recount the day or re-energize for more time on the trails.
Nordic ski rental packages will include skis, poles and boots at a cost of $20/day for adults and $15 for children. Beginner Nordic ski lessons will take place in groups on Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM throughout the winter. Group lesson rates are $25/ person and $20 for Trustees members. Individual lessons will also be available for $50/person. Since the ski rental program will start with a modest number of rental units in its inaugural year, groups requiring rentals are encouraged to call ahead and check for availability.
No reservations will be needed for the new Helen's Cafe', however. Thanks to an exciting arrangement with the Old Creamery Co-op in Cummington, a delectable array of sandwiches, soups and hot and cold drinks will all be available for visitors to purchase. Both the Nordic ski rental program and the new cafe' will be located in Notchview's existing lodge, the AD Budd Visitor Center, which is currently undergoing changes to improve the flow of visitors and provide the best support possible for outdoor winter adventures.
With Notchview slated to open for skiing as soon as snow conditions permit, the reservation is looking forward to a season of changes, big and small. In addition to new food, lessons and rental offerings, Trustees’ staff and volunteers are also working to make Notchview's trails more skiable in low snow conditions so visitors can get out for even more days this winter. This includes “kicking the tracks” on a new snowmobile in our grooming fleet and working on trail improvements on Windsor Trail and the skating loop. All the while, visitors can feel confident in the quality of Notchview's volunteer Ski Patrol staff, which was recently named by the National Ski Patrol the second best Nordic patrol in the United States based on their extraordinary performance and dedication last season.
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). The Trustees are once again offering members a “Members Only Season’s Pass.” With a current Trustees’ membership, plus a 2013–14 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 also ski free when accompanied by an adult pass holder. In addition, season passes purchased on or before December 15, 2013, will save $10 off the regular $50 price.
All proceeds from access tickets and season pass sales help support the Notchview ski program. This means better-constructed 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, visit: http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/order-your-notchview-ski-pass.html
Last winter, Notchview was open for 91 days – that’s nearly 90% of the entire winter! Don’t miss out as we gear up for another big season of fun on the snow.
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 Boston Natural Areas Network and 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.