Fun outdoor winter activities

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Wintertime isn’t just about the holidays, it’s also the perfect time to get outside and have some snow fun! Dyan Wiley, Manager of the Trustees of Reservations, shared some fun outdoor winter activities.

Guided Wildlife Treks
Snow is the perfect medium for recording what critters, big and small, are moving about in winter-and we have the experts on staff to show you what you’ve been missing.

Bartholomew’s Cobble (Hot Chocolate Saturdays) in Sheffield
Field Farm in Williamstown and Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield

Frosty Snowshoe, Toasty Yoga
Get moving in the warm and the cold, and make a special connection with nature

Sunday, February 15
1-4PM
Tyringham Cobble in Tyringham, MA

Trustees of Reservations Members: $25
Non-members: $30

Cure your cabin fever. Explore the fields,trails, and summit views of Tyringham Cobble. We’ll follow this moderate snowshoe with toasty yoga in front of the fireplace in John McLennan’s swanky barn/music studio at nearby Ashintully Gardens. Great for beginners. We’ll hike if there isn’t much snow, but think snow!!Pre-registration is required.

Winter Trails Day
Saturday, January 10
10AM-3PM
Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA

FREE Lessons and Rentals; 1/2 Price Day Pass

Winter Feels Good! We want to help you enjoy it by offering free lessons and rentals. Plus 1/2 price trail fees!
Free two-hour snowshoe and ski rentals with the purchase of a trail pass.
A great way to try a new winter activity! Quantities are limited.

Brew Moon Ski
Saturday, February 28
6:30-10PM
Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA

Trustees of Reservations members: $15
Nonmembers: $20

We have been running moonlight skis since at least 1985, only this one will happen only once in a Blue Moon! Enjoy a guided moonlight ski at 6:30PM followed by a sampling of local beer, wine and light snacks at 8:00PM. Light fare from the Helen’s Cafe available. RSVP strongly recommended.

Snowshoe Shenanigans
Saturday, February 14
10AM-12PM
Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA

Trustees of Reservations or Hilltown Land Trust members: $10, $25 family max
Nonmembers: $15, $35 family max.

10% discount on all tickets purchased before February 1st

Bring the one(s) you love and enjoy a snowshoe race and winter celebration. Try the Adult 1KM, 3-person relay race, and/or Kid’s Obstacle Course all on snowshoes! Also enjoy hot cider, snacks and a bonfire. Includes day pass to Notchview. Tickets are non-refundable.

For more information call (413) 684-0148 or visit TheTrustees.org.

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About Notchview:
With more than 3,000 acres of rolling terrain, Notchview offers an idyllic escape for winter sport enthusiasts, especially cross-country skiers looking for a brisk outing. Seventeen kilometers of trails are groomed and track-set for classical cross-country skiing; eight kilometers are groomed for skate skiing. A separate trail system is groomed for “skijoring,” or skiing with dogs. You can also go off track and explore the backcountry, or snowshoe alongside the ski trails.

Notchview is a part of the Hoosac Range, an extension of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Much of the reservation is above 2,000 feet, with Judge’s Hill the highest point at 2,297 feet – which results in snow on our trails for more than 80 days each year.

Although some fields are kept open, most of the reservation is covered with a red spruce and northern hardwood forest. Poorly drained areas support a spruce and fir forest that lends a boreal appearance. The landscape has been influenced by years of timber, fuelwood, and charcoal production. The fields and forests are home to many wild species. Look for tracks of deer, moose, and snowshoe hare as you ski along. Chickadees, barred owls, and pileated woodpeckers live in the forest year-round.

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