Cross-Country Skiing and Winter Fun

Trails open weekends, and all week long during school vacation weeks.   Usual hours: 9 to sunset.

Other times by special arrangement.  We also open for "Bonus Days" when the conditions are particularly nice! (see Trail Conditions)

Classical Cross Country Skiing - for lodge guests and day visitors

Twenty-five kilometers of trails ranging from gently rolling groomed and track-set loops to challenging back-country routes await skiers of all abilities. 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. Thirty 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. Instruction and rental equipment are available.

Snowshoeing

Those seeking enjoyment in the winter woods at a slower pace can snowshoe on our trails as well. 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.  See below for more detailed info!

Winter Weekends and Vacation Weeks

From late December to mid-March, we offer one of the most affordable packages anywhere. Meals (the great food is reason enough to come!), accommodations in one of our cozy bedrooms, and skiing from our door are included in one low price.

Sunday Nights

Again this season, we will be open Sunday night for lodging and meals  even when Monday is not a holiday.  Reservations accepted for individuals, families or groups.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Nights

Lodging with or without meals packages are available to groups by special arrangement.

When you can't cross country ski...

There are plenty of things to do even if it doesn't snow. For alpine skiers and snowboarders, Berkshire East Ski Area has continuously enlarged its snowmaking system and is only a few minutes away.  They also have a tubing hill and an Alpine Coaster ride for non-skiers. There are numerous winter hiking & mountain biking possibilities as well.  Set off on your own or enjoy a guided hike and learn more about the woods in winter with Lloyd. Touring the village of Shelburne Falls and other picturesque New England towns in the area is another favorite activity.  A trip to MassMoCA is worth it at any time of year.  In fact, many of our "old standbys" return year after year and don't ski at all!

More on winter biking... fat bikes open up a whole new world of winter fun on snow.  In order to orchestrate a peaceful co-existance 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) You must be a prime time pass holder or a day passholder to use our trails.

3) Be a good citizen.  Don't ride when the snow is too soft.  This damages the groomed surface degrading the experience for skiers.  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 when these conditons prevail!

4)As a general rule, if you have to get off and push your bike, the snow is too soft.  If you leave a rut deeper than an inch or you have a hard time riding a straight line, it is too soft.  

5)Bikes yield to all other users.  Skiers don't have brakes! Watch skiers' poles...they are fragile and can be expensive!

6)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.

7)Be an ambassador for this new sport! Stay polite, educate other bikers, follow these rules and encourage good behavior ... and we'll all have a great time this winter!

8)Unless otherwise posted (see conditions page) hours are the same as for skiing and snowshoeing - 9 AM to sunset weekends and holidays.   Night biking allowed only by specific permission.