Windsor, MA – With more snow in the forecast this winter, Nordic ski enthusiasts who are seeking a special spot to glide on their cross country skis this winter will want to check out Notchview, located in Windsor, Massachusetts, where the rustic highlands of the Pioneer Valley meet the high elevations of the Berkshires.
Owned and operated by the nation’s oldest land trust and nonprofit conservation organization, The Trustees of Reservations, Notchview is one of Massachusetts’ premier cross-country skiing centers, drawing an average of 7,000 skiers each winter. Offering 19 miles of groomed, track-set and back-country ski trails with beautiful vistas, Notchview is one of only five independent all-Nordic ski areas operating in its region. In addition to classical skiing and back-country skiing, Notchview also hosts ski skating and snowshoe enthusiasts, as well as year-round hikers and walkers, who want to get away from it all to enjoy pristine pine forests and high meadows in a non-commercial setting.
Boasting an 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 recently proposed as the southern end 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.
Having just received a generous $20,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Trustees will now be able to improve the trail network and better accommodate increasing public demand for top-quality, groomed Nordic ski trails.
On Saturday, January 12 from 10AM – 3PM, Notchview will host a Winter Trails Day. Join us to mark the “Winter Feels Good” campaign, aiming at getting people outside to exercise in winter. Free snowshoe rentals and ski lessons. Ski rentals can also be arranged. Regular trail fees apply.
For a full list of Nordic ski clinics, races and outdoor winter sports events, please visit the Notchview section on The Trustees of Reservations website.
About the Trustees’ Mission: Past & Present
Since its founding in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, The Trustees’ mission has been to preserve, protect and care for properties of exceptional scenic, historic, recreational and ecological value in Massachusetts. As land is being developed and open space is being fragmented at a rapid pace of an estimated 40 acres per day around the state, The Trustees are working to mobilize and inspire a critical mass of people and partners who care about quality of life in their communities and will work to protect and enjoy them.
About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values: a love of the land, of the outdoors and of the distinctive charms of New England, as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting them for everyone, forever.
With 99 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres – all of which are open to the public – The Trustees of Reservations’ properties are tremendously diverse and include: mountains and hilltops; forests and woodlands; river valleys and waterfalls; islands, 70 miles of coastline, barrier beaches; marshes, bogs, swamps; open fields and meadows; farms, historic homesteads and now recently, through our permanent affiliation with Boston Natural Areas Network, community gardens and urban wilds throughout the city of Boston.
The Trustees employ 180 full-time and 350–400 seasonal staff with expertise in many areas, including ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how you can interview Trustees? experts on important topics and issues, volunteer or become a member, please call The Trustees of Reservations at 781.784.0567, visit at www.thetrustees.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.