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Try Out Snowshoeing

What to Bring

Warm clothing
(bring layers that can be added and removed)
  Winter Boots
(ideally waterproof and insulated)
Hat   Gloves
Sunglasses   Sunscreen
Snacks   Water
Hot chocolate or
tea in vacuum
bottle
   
 

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

Trailmap available on site or online at
www.ski-paddle.com/

Restrooms in the main building
On-site: café with snacks and beverages, water fountain, locker rooms for showers and changing
Reservations recommended at:
(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
 
While on the trails, don't walk on the parallel ski tracks; walk on the groomed skate lane or on the ungroomed snow
Yield the right of way when overtaking
slower snowshoers or skiers
Move off the tracks if you stop
Remove snowshoes before crossing roads
 
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Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 20 minutes
  Duration: Half day
  Cost:

$39 per person

  Main activity:

Snowshoeing

 
 
 
 
If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Except that it is actually much easier to snowshoe when deep snow blankets the countryside. But where to try it out and make sure you like it? For those of us afraid of waddling like a duck for lack of proper instruction, The Weston Ski Track offers beginner lessons each weekend and holiday, just a short drive from Boston.

This introductory class will 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 wander along the scenic Charles River, either on groomed trails, or striking out on your own.

Located on the Martin Golf Course along the Charles River, Weston Ski Track offers people in the Greater Boston area the chance to cross-country ski and snowshoe close to home. Though the location does not sound very exotic, Weston Ski Track is actually a very attractive place for snowshoeing; skiers and snowshoers tends to aggregate around the main building, and you will easily find solitude on the 15 kilometers of trails. Between the woodlands, the small hills and the nearby frozen Charles River, you will quickly think you are somewhere in the northern woods of New Hampshire.

Because snowshoeing requires no special skill and allows you to explore spots that were previously out of reach, snowshoeing has exploded in popularity over the last 5 years. This instruction class will teach you the basics to ensure comfort and efficiency while snowshoeing, and review techniques on varied terrain.

The class includes rental and instruction, allowing people with no experience to show up, rent equipment, take a lesson, and snowshoe the rest of the afternoon. For $39 per adult, or $22.30 per child, you will get your equipment, a trail pass, and a 75-minute class. The class runs each weekend and holiday at 11:30 am. Snowmaking equipment maintains the teaching area and a 2-kilometer loop no matter how much natural snow has fallen, so the lessons will go on even if your lawn looks green. You can also warm up after snowshoeing with light snacks and hot or cold beverages in the nearby café.

After your lesson, you can obtain a trail map and head out for a tour. Our favorite spot for snowshoeing is the Fox Track and the footbridge that connects it to the Goat Track:
Start from the ski center and cross the road to the Red Tail Track
After making the loop, cross to the Goat Track and head up the hill for a wonderful view of the Charles
At the bottom of the hill, turn right to reach the footbridge, then pause to enjoy the snow-covered trees lining the banks of the river
Finally, enjoy the Fox Track, the most secluded loop of the area, and visit the Moose Track if you have energy left. Otherwise, cross back on the road or retrace your steps to the ski center.
The ski track also offers take-away rentals of snowshoes so you can find your own special places to explore.

(Picture courtesy of Tubbs Snowshoe Co., Stowe, VT)