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Help your Kids Learn to Ski

What to Bring

Warm clothing
(bring layers that can be added and removed – select clothes as if you were going running in the winter)
  Waterproof pants
Hat and gloves   Snacks or food
Water   Hot tea or
chocolate in
thermos bottle
Sunglasses   Sunscreen
 

Specs

  Directions
 
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

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;
www.ski-paddle.com
  Etiquette
 
Stay off groom tracks if you are walking
along your child
Help you child move off the tracks if he/she stops for a while
Remove your child's 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: A few hours
  Cost:

from $22.30

  Main activity:

XC Skiing

 
 
 
 
Few activities can be enjoyed by the whole family like cross-country skiing. So introduce your kids to the sport and bring them with you on the trails!

As early as 6, kids can learn to cross-country ski. Learning how to ski will allow them to go with you on the trails, and it will help them acquire important skills for balance, endurance and self-confidence. It also allows them to exercise in the great outdoors at a time of the year when many kids stay home for lack of a suitable activity outside.

These lessons take place at the Weston ski track, located less than 30 minutes west of Boston and therefore a convenient location. Weston's instructors use fun and games to teach kids the fundamentals cross-country skiing to ensure the classes and the sport itself remain what they should be: a whole lot of fun.

Three types of beginner lessons are available for kids ages 6-12:
75-minute lesson: it introduces kids to the skiing motion and teaches them to recover from falls. It is offered on weekends and holidays: $22.30 including trail pass, and rentals
3-lesson series during President's Week: develops intermediate skills like climbing and descending hills: $72.90 including 3-day trail pass for the student and one adult, plus the student's rentals
In-depth 5-lesson series: expands on the 3-lesson series and develop other skills: $120.50 including 5-week trail pass for the student and one adult, plus the student's rentals.
The 75-minute introductory class does not require reservations, making it a very flexible option. The instruction series' price includes a trail pass for an adult, so that you can help your kid hone his or her skill with you even on days without classes.

Classes combine skills learning with games to make sure that the children love the time they spend on skis. The classes run even when there is limited snow: the ski track has snowmaking equipment, allowing them to run classes no matter how little natural snow we might have.

If Mom and Dad themselves are not too sure they remember how to ski, the ski track offers introductory lessons and series for adults. Check this destination to get up to speed with your kids' newly acquired skills. Conversely, if the younger ones in the family are too small to ski, the ski track offers pulks – a child carrier that is pulled behind you as you ski.