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Notchview cross-country skiing
January 10 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until March 21, 2021
This winter, Trustees of Reservatins is offering day-passes in advance for a day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at the Notchview reservation.
Notchview is part of the Hoosac Range in the Berkshire Hills with more than 3,000 acres of rolling terrain and miles of groomed ski trails. Much of Notchview sits above 2,000 feet; Judge’s Hill, the highest point, is 2,297 feet. Most of the reservation is covered with a red spruce and northern hardwood forest.
Seventeen kilometers of trails are groomed and track-set for classical cross-country skiing, and eight kilometers are groomed for skate skiing. A separate trail system is groomed for skijoring, or skiing with dogs.
You can also go off track and explore the backcountry, or snowshoe along the ski trails. During ski season, the Budd Visitor Center—named for Lieutenant Colonel Arthur D. Budd, who established Notch View Farm—provides food and beverages, equipment rentals, and a warm respite from the winter chill.
Be aware of the weather. Notchview gets more snow than the valley towns (an average 45″ more snow each year than neighboring Dalton). The average temperature is 10 degrees colder than the valleys, and temperatures tend to drop quickly after sunset.
Notchview and the Trustees recommend wearing just enough to avoid getting cold without overheating on the first hill. They recommend a base moisture-wicking base layer that covers all skin, a cross-country ski jackets — lightweight, stretchy, slightly wind blocking and moisture resistant, with several pockets for snacks. If it’s cold, they wuld add a light vest as well. You do not need a heavy parka on top of multiple fleece layers. Good cross-country ski pants are light and breathable, typically made of a stretchy soft-shell material so that they’ll wick moisture and move comfortably. They also suggest a neck gaiter, hat, and gloves, lightweight socks that rise above your ankles to keep out snow.
Bring a soft day pack to carry a lunch, water, and extra clothing while keeping your hands free.
You’ll need to bring your confirmation email to the Budd Visitor Center ticket window to retrieve your day-pass. Notchview Season Pass holders do not need pre-purchased admissions or reservations and can simply show their season pass upon arrival. Get tickets »COVID-19 Precautions
Visitors (over the age of 2) must always wear face coverings while on the property.
Maintain at least 6 feet of separation.
Please have one member from each group handle all purchases.
Some trails may be one-direction – Please follow directional signs on the trails
If you have any questions about your upcoming trip you can reach by email to Notchview@thetrustees.org.