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Cross-Country Skiing at Weston Ski Track

What to Bring

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

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
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
 
Overtaking skiers must yield the right of
way
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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Cross-Country Skiing at Weston Ski Track
 
 

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

$24/adult, $12/child age 6-12, $6/child age 2-5; including trail pass and rentals

  Main activity:

XC Skiing

 
 
 
 
If you don't have the time to head to the mountains to go cross-country skiing, why not just go to Weston? The Weston Ski Track has 15 kilometers of trails, with a ski center that offers on-site and off-site rentals for adults and children at reasonable rates.

Located along the Charles River just beyond the Route 128, Weston Ski Track offers people in the Greater Boston area the chance to cross-country ski close to home, with the convenience of an on-site rental shop.

The track is actually made of a network of trails (also open for snowshoeing) that extends on both sides of the Charles River and create 5 different loops you can combine for several hours of ski.

The ski loop indicated here combines all tracks to create the longest loop, though a shortcut allows you to go back directly to the ski center if you are tired.
Take a trailmap at the ski center, or download the map online - check the "Good to Know" side box for the link. It is always a good idea to hit the trails with the map, to have to liberty to change your itinerary on the fly.
The Flats, near the ski center, is a good place for a warm-up.
After completing the Flats circle, cross Park road to the Red Tail Track. This loop is also quite flat and leads to the Goat Track
On the Goat Track, you can either stay left along the banks of the river or test your skills on the large hill to the right. In either case, follow the trail at the base of the hill to the footbridge across the Charles. The bridge itself offers a nice view of the snow-covered trees flanking the river
Across the bridge, you'll find the Fox Track, the most secluded loop surrounded on three sides by the Charles
Finally, cross Concord Street to the Moose Track
You can return to the Ski Center through the Concord Street bridge (you will have to remove your skis) to go directly to the parking lot.
To complete the loop, go back the way you skied, taking Fox, Goat, Red Tail and the Flats to get back to the ski center.

Depending on your exact course and speed, this loop could take between one and five hours. Be careful when crossing the roads - cross-country ski shoes can make the pavement slippery and walking while holding the skis and poles is neither easy nor fast, especially if you have kids with you.

With Weston being a convenient spot for ski buffs who want to exercise after work, the center maintains a 2km snowmaking loop that is lit at night, so that you can drop by in the evening and ski no matter how much natural snow we receive, even after nightfall.

If you are new to the sport or just need a refresher course, the ski center offers beginner lessons for $39 per adult, including instruction, equipment rental and daily ski pass. Introductory lessons are also available for children for $22.30 per child. For more in-depth instruction, the ski center has two-lesson series for both classical and skate skiing.