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If you’ve wanted to learn how to ski but have been procrastinating, you’ll find plenty of classes through March 31 at Notchview in Windsor, Massachusetts. After your lesson, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to practice and refine your skills on the trails.
Best known for its Nordic skiing, Notchview is more than 3,000 acres of rolling terrain in the Hoosic Mountains in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. There are 17 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails and eight for skate skiing. Another groomed trail system is set aside for skijoring, sking with dogs. Snowshoeing is allowed alongside the cross-country trails. And there’s backcountry skiing.
Warm up in the Budd Visitor Center, where you can rent skis and snowshoes or grab beverages, snacks, soup, and sandwiches at the cafe.
Notchview is located on Route 9, adjacent to the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts (SAM) Route 91 that links snowmobile trails from Connecticut to Vermont (get direction to Notchview).
Notchview is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available daily from early December to early April, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer activities include hiking and birdwatching.