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  Women's Nordic Ski Clinics at Notchview
Women's Nordic Ski Clinics at Notchview

What to Bring

Warm clothing
(layers that can be added and
  Water (hydration bladder
Hat   Gloves
Sunglasses   Sunscreen
Daypack with
  Ski equipment (see below for rentals)
Hot chocolate or
tea in vacuum


From Boston:
Take the Mass Pike (I-90) West to Exit 4,
Take I-91 North to Route 9 West at Exit 19, Northampton/Amherst
Follow Route 9 West for nearly 30 miles
The entrance for Notchview is on the right, one mile east of the intersection of Routes 8A and 9 in Windsor Center
Parking on the left (regularly plowed in
winter for cross-country skiers and
  Good to know in advance
Clinics run Saturdays morning and
afternoon throughout the ski season;
starting times depend upon participants'

Pre-registration required: call instructor
Jeanne Mangan at 413-634-2123 and leave message to sign up

Clinics limited to 8 women in each session
Free trail maps available at the visitor center or online
If you don't own skis, rent before you go
(Notchview does not rent skis); EMS rents cross-country skis at their Boston store:
–   Address: 1041 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215; Tel: 617.254.4250
–   Rates (include skis, poles and shoes): $25 per day; $35 for a 3-day weekend
–   Reservations accepted over the phone at 617.254.4250; skis can go quickly in February and March, so plan ahead
If you want to invite friends who don't like skiing, Notchview rents snowshoes on site
For more information about Notchview, call 413-684-0148, e-mail or visit
Trustees of Reservations:
Observe trail signs
Overtaking skiers must yield the right of
way; descending skiers have the right-of-way
Stopped skiers should move off the tracks to allow others to pass
Pass oncoming people to the right
Bring back your trash to the ski center
Don't walk on the trails without skis or
snowshoes – footprints ruin the groomed trails
Plan your route: choose trails appropriate to your ability and fitness
During ski season, dogs allowed south of Route 9 only

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Difficulty: 3/5
  Time from Boston: 2.5 hours
  Duration: Full day

$50 per person

  Main activity:

XC Skiing

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This winter women have their own place to improve their cross-country skiing skills – Notchview in Windsor! Instructor Jeanne Mangan is offering women-only clinics that provide students the chance to advance their skills in an encouraging environment. This program, geared for advanced beginners and intermediate skiers, will help skiers improve their technique.

If you're a woman looking to improve her cross-country ski skills, then the Women's Nordic Ski Clinics at Notchview are for you! Geared for people with basic knowledge of Nordic ski, these clinics will get you gliding over the snow like you never thought possible.

Beginner clinics are designed for those who are comfortable on skis but have never before taken a lesson. While technique doesn't matter, beginner skiers must be able to move around on their skis without falling down. Intermediate clinics are for those who have skied for a while and need a lesson to fine tune their technique for ultra smooth glides.

Clinics start in the Colonel Arthur D. Budd Visitor Center at Notchview, where students will review equipment – including how to get a proper fit and how everything works. After this indoor primer, students head outside and spend 1.5 hours on the trail, skiing and learning. Afterwards, classes debrief back in the visitor center, and share a lunch or snack and hot chocolate while reviewing what was learned.

Notchview's 3,108 acres contain 35 kilometers of trails through woods and open fields. From groomed tracks to backcountry trails, there is challenging terrain for skiers of all levels. At an elevation of 2,297 feet, Notchview gets an average of 45 extra inches of snow each year! This enables the place to stay open later than many other cross-country ski areas, often offering skiing into March and sometimes April.

The reservation is largely worth the trip from Boston, especially if you bring along friends to take instruction together and share an invigorating day out in the snow.

Notchview is a property managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

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