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Learn to Cross-Country Ski

What to Bring

Warm clothing
(bring layers that can be added and removed)
  Hot chocolate or
tea in vacuum
Gloves   Snacks or food
Sunglasses   Sunscreen


From Boston:
Take the Mass Pike to exit 15
Stay left after the toll booth. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Park Road, following a sign for Route 16
The Ski Track is a quarter mile down the
road on the left
From the North:
Take Rt.128 South to exit 24 (Rt.30)
Make a left turn at the end of the ramp onto Rt.30 West
At the next set of lights turn left onto Park Road
The Ski Track is a half mile down the road on the left
From the South:
Take Rt.128 North to exit 21 (Rt.16)
Turn left at the end of the ramp and follow Rt.16 West for 1/2 mile
At the second set of lights, turn right onto Concord Street
The Ski Track is one mile up the road on the right
  Good to know in advance
Open Mon-Thur. 11-9, F 11-6, weekends & holidays 9-6

Trailmap available on site or online at:

Restrooms in the main building
On-site: café with snacks and beverages, water fountain, locker rooms for showers and changing
No reservation needed for the beginner
lesson, but necessary for the lesson
series: call (781) 891-6575
If the parking lot fills to capacity, go to the free overflow parking on the railroad side of Recreation Road
Weston Ski Track: 200 Park Road in
Weston, (781) 891-6575;
Overtaking skiers must yield the right of
Stopped skiers should move off the tracks to allow others to pass
Remove skis before crossing roads
Bring back your trash to the ski center

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Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 30 minutes
  Duration: Half day

$42.70 per person

  Main activity:

XC Skiing

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If you can walk, you can cross-country ski. These beginner lessons, offered twice each weekend and holiday, give you everything you need to get out on the snow and enjoy the sport. After the lesson, you'll have the rest of the day to practice on groomed trails along the scenic Charles River.

Located on the DCR's Martin Golf Course along the Charles River, Weston Ski Track offers people in the Greater Boston area the chance to cross-country ski close to home. This all-inclusive package, starting at $42.70 for a basic lesson, includes the complete equipment rental (skis, shoes and poles), lesson, and trail pass. It allows people with no experience to show up, rent equipment, take a lesson, and ski all afternoon on the Weston Ski Track 15 kilometers of trails (one thing you will learn is that cross-country skiing evaluates distances in kilometers rather than miles). Just dress as you would for a jogging, with layers that you can add or remove - cross-country skiing will warm you up quickly.

The $42.70 package class offer a 75-minute beginner lesson each weekend and holiday at 10 am (reservations accepted at 781-891-6575) and at 2 pm (walk-in only). If this introduction entices you to develop your expertise, the ski track has two-lesson series for beginners that expands on the skills covered in the beginner lesson. These series cost $143.10 and include full rental, instruction, and a trail pass for three weeks of skiing.

Since a day trail pass is included in the package, you can head out for a tour by yourself after your lesson. Start with the Flats, which, as the name implies, is a good place to get acquainted with your new skill. When you feel comfortable on skis and wish to venture out, cross the road to the Red Tail Track. If you are feeling adventurous, visit the Goat Track and head down to the footbridge across the Charles. Otherwise, retrace your steps to the ski center cafe for snacks and cocoa.

The Weston Ski Track uses snowmaking equipment to maintain the teaching area and a 2-kilometer loop no matter how much natural snow is on the ground, so lessons can take place even if your lawn looks green (still, it is a good idea to call in advance to check ski conditions). The 2k loop is lit at night so that you can continue to ski after nightfall.

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