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  Winter Trails Day 2005 on January 8
Winter Trails Day 2005 on January 8

What to Bring

Warm clothing
(bring layers that can be added and removed)
  Winter boots
(ideally waterproof and insulated) for snowshoeing
Hat   Gloves
Snacks or Food   Sunglasses


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
To pre-register for the free cross-country skiing lessons, 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;
Obey all postings on the ski track and
groomed trails
Bring back your trash to the ski center

ID Card

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

Free passes; snowshoe rental $12 (adult), $6 (child)

  Main activity:

Hiking and Snowshoeing

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It happens once a year: free snowshoe trail passes, free snowshoe demos, free guided snowshoe tours, and free cross-country skiing lessons! No experience necessary.

Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track is an annual event that will introduce you to the world of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and will give you an opportunity to experience the many benefits (including fitness) associated with these easy-to-learn winter sports. Weston Ski Track is located west of Boston, just beyond Route 128. It has 15 kilometers of groomed trails along the Charles River, with snow-making equipment on a smaller area that allows you to still ski and snowshoe when natural snow has melted away.

The 2005 edition of the Winter Trails day will offer free passes for beginners who want to discover snowshoeing:
If you just bought your snowshoes or got a friend's pair, the Ski Track will offer a free snowshoe trail pass (regularly $12). It will allow you to hit the trail immediately with your own equipment
If you don't have snowshoes, the Ski Track will also offer free snowshoe demos. If you enjoy the snowshoes, you will be able to rent them for the day and explore the trail network at the track. Rentals cost $12 for adults and $6 for children 6-12.
There will be free guided snowshoe tours throughout the day
If cross-country skiing is your interest, you will be able to get a free 75-minute beginner lesson (pre-registration over the phone is required - refer to the "Good to Know" side box). If you already know how to ski and want to move to the next level, 75-minute introduction lessons to skate-skiing will also be offered at the regular rate ($39 with rentals and trail pass).

The team at the Ski Track tries to make this event a party every year; this year, they plan to have food and beverages for sale in their café at the ski center, as well as door prizes.

No experience is necessary: both snowshoeing or cross-country skiing can be learned and enjoyed with minimum practice and instruction. Just dress appropriately, which means:
For snowshoeing, dress as you would for a hike or walk in cold weather, with layers you can add or remove; hiking shoes, ideally insulated, are preferable. If you do not have any, sneakers with warm socks are your next best option.
For cross-country skiing, dress as you would for a cold weather jogging, run, or walk; you will be given special shoes at the ski center, so just wear hiking shoes or sneakers to reach the track.
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