Cross-country skiing, also known as Nordic skiing, is a fun and healthy way to get outdoors during the winter months. Massachusetts has several gorgeous reservations and parks open to the public to enjoy this sport. Ski through snow-covered pines on fresh powder, break a sweat, and end the day with a warm cup of hot cocoa. Take a look at these idyllic places to ski and start planning a trip to enjoy these winter wonderlands after a Nor’easter blizzard.
Canterbury Farm Ski Touring Center
Located in the stunning Berkshire Hills, the Canterbury Farm offers 13.6 miles (22 kilometers) of groomed paths for cross-country skiers. The trails pass by beaver ponds, brooks, stone walls, mountains, and streams on the 2,000-acre farm. Meander through the great outdoors on your own, or take a ski lesson from a guide. The center also operates a bed-and-breakfast for those looking to cross-country ski for more than a day trip.
Blue Hills Reservation
The Blue Hills Reservation is a state-owned park that covers over 7,000 acres in six towns. Though Blue Hills is known for its hiking trails and downhill ski area, not as many people are aware that the reservation is open throughout the winter for cross-country skiers. There isn’t any man-made snow at this reservation, so plan your ski endeavors according to the next big snowstorm. Take in the winter scenery, frozen wetlands, and evergreen trees as you ski through endless miles of paths.
Blue Hills Reservation, 695 Hillside St, Milton, MA, USA, +1 617 698 1802
Great Brook Ski Touring Center
The Great Brook Farm State Park offers cross-country skiers over 10 miles (16 kilometers) of groomed trails that traverse woods, farmland, ponds, and streams in the 1,000-acre park. Practice your skills on a novice trail before testing your strengths on the challenging, black diamond Woodchuck Trail.
Great Brook Ski Touring Center, 1018 Lowell St, Carlisle, MA, USA, +1 978 369 7486
Minuteman Bikeway is an 11-mile (18-kilometer) trail that becomes more than a bikeway during the winter months. Cross-country skiers can enjoy the trail while they travel through the towns of Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge. It is ideal for those living in the nearby city and is best for skiing after a snowstorm, as some areas may be plowed. Find a map here.
Borderland State Park
Borderland State Park in North Easton, Massachusetts has over 1,700 acres of land, providing trails for skiers of all levels. Ski through the Ames estate on open carriage roads, or take the popular trail around Leach Pond. Skiers can stop at the visitor’s center to learn more about the park and estate.
Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Ave, North Easton, MA, USA, +1 508 238 6566
Weston Ski Track
The Weston Ski Track is only 13 miles (21 kilometers) from Boston and has over nine miles (15 kilometers) of beautifully groomed, natural-snow trails. The paths wind through the trees and offer scenic views of the Charles River. The ski track also offers lessons, night skiing, and snowshoeing.
Weston Ski Track, 190 Park Rd, Weston, MA, USA, +1 617 965 5110
Gates Pond in Berlin, Massachusetts offers a smaller, less crowded destination for those looking to cross-country ski. The trail, 2.4 miles (four kilometers), takes skiers around the frozen pond and through the woods. This easy loop is a perfect place to practice cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, and it is ideal for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors on a short and scenic path.