Cross-Country Skiing and Other Winter Sports

Update 9/8/23:

Outlook for the '23-'24 season

We will be open for day visitors this winter.  

Always check the Trail Conditions section of our website before coming up.

Do click on the COVID-19 tab for more information.

Our trails:

This is a labor of love, at this point.

Again this winter, we won't be charging a trail fee. We also will not be building it into our price for renting the guest lodge. 

As part of this change, we won't be providing typical ski area amenities like indoor warming spaces, trail maps and ski patrol services.  You are on your own much as you would be if you skied in a local state forest. Permission to use the trails is contingent upon your having visited the trail conditions section of this website.

We are not supported by government grants, non-profit foundations or real estate developers.  

Donations to support the grooming efforts are appreciated but not required.

If a very large storm occurs, we may reach out for volunteers.

Classical Cross Country Skiing -

Twenty-five kilometers of trails ranging from gently rolling groomed and track-set loops to challenging back-country routes await skiers of all abilities. Designed specifically for classic skiing, our trails are generally too narrow to accommodate skate skiing. A favorite destination is the summit of Lone Boulder Hill, where a large glacial boulder stands guard near a breathtaking 3 state vista. Don't let the lack of snow in your backyard fool you; high elevation here assures some of the best natural snow conditions in Southern New England. 40 years of constant refinement of the trail system and grooming equipment have resulted in great skiing, even when you'd least expect it. The emphasis in developing this exciting trail system has always been to blend exhilarating outdoor fun with a sensitivity towards the natural environment.

We rent all sizes of cross country skis/boots/poles. We also rent snowshoes and microspikes. Please see more about rentals below.


Those seeking enjoyment in the winter woods at a slower pace with more traction can snowshoe on our trails as well. It is usually possible to snowshoe on a packed trail surface to the side of set ski tracks...please try to do this. Both adult and children's snowshoes are available for rent.

Winter Biking

We welcome winter bikers when the conditions are right. Our groomed twisty turny trails are a blast to ride when the snow firms up. There are days when you can ride but you can't ski, such as when the cover is thin or patchy. Powder days are reserved for skiers and snowshoers. We do not rent bikes. See below for more detailed info!

Winter Hiking

During low snow or icy conditions, hiking our trails is very popular with lodge guests. We rent Micro Spikes that work with most hiking boots to assist with traction when conditions warrant.

Updated Equipment Rental/Reservation information:

Always click the "Current Trail Conditions" tab on the day you plan to come to see if and how we will be renting skis .

IF we will be renting that day, we MAY be doing it via advanced reservation. If so, follow these instructions:  

1) Check conditions and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us the day before (when we know we will be renting skis the next day)

or by 8:30 AM on the day you wish to rent. If you send ALL the information needed (see below) we can confirm your rental more quickly. Rentals are not assured until you receive an email confirmation. If you have not received an email confirmation by 10 PM the night before, please text Suzanne at 413-834-4832 to check on your rental status and include your name in the text.

Please wait to reserve until your plans are settled. We will not take rental reservations more than a day in advance. If you must cancel, please try hard to do this by 8:00 AM. Otherwise consider making a donation to cover the time spent getting your rentals ready. Thank you.

2) Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

with ALL the following information:

For the group - Phone number, plus Date and Time of arrival.

For each person - Name, Shoe size including M/F, approximate Age, Height, Weight, Level of experience (needed for correct sizing). Please indicate skis or snowshoes.

There will be a rental form/waiver to fill out for each person. Minors will require adult signature.

For ski rentals: Please bring a choice of SOCKS to ensure a comfortable boot fit. We will set out boots based on the information you provide. We are trying to minimize handling and contact due to the pandemic.

For snowshoe rentals: Winter footwear is highly recommended.

3) Payment options:

Exact change or check put into the can in the rental pick up area or Venmo @Suzanne-Crawford-24 (last 4 digits of phone 4832). Thank you.

4) Equipment pick up/drop off at farmhouse

More details in the confirmation email including total cost.

Equipment Rental Prices

Skis/boots/poles: $17 for people 12 and older; $9 for children up to 11.

Snowshoes/poles: $12 for larger sizes; $7 for adult economy; $4 for children up to 11.

More on winter biking... fat bikes open up a whole new world of winter fun on snow. Most days we are open for either skiing or fat biking but not usually both at the same time. In order to orchestrate a peaceful co-existence with xc skiing and snowshoeing we have adopted this code of etiquette:

  1. Always check the trail conditions page of this website before coming to see if we are open for bikes on the day you plan to come.

  2.  Don't ride when the snow is too soft. This damages the groomed surface. If the snow becomes too soft while you are out on the trails, consider switching over to skis or snowshoes...you'll have more fun! 

  3. Bikes yield to all other users. Skiers don't have brakes!

  4. If we have set classical ski tracks, please do not ride in them. We will set them to one side to allow for bike & snowshoe use on the rest of the trail.

  5. We may occasionally open for night biking. If you have a group that is interested contact us. 

  6. We may organize special events for bikers on short notice when conditions are right.