Cross country skiing is a marvelous winter sport that is growing in popularity among people of all ages. It is easy to learn for kids and adults and equipment is not complicated. And it is a sport that whole families can do together. Centers for cross-country (also called XC or Nordic skiing) are found in most parts of Massachusetts, with the greatest concentration in the Berkshire Mountains in the west. Almost all cross country skiing centers also welcoming snowshoeing and also offer snowshoe equipment rentals and lessons.
Western Massachusetts Cross Country Ski Area Association is a group of seven Nordic ski areas, all of which provide groomed trails and usually lessons and equipment rentals. The association’s goal is to make cross-country skiing (and snowshoeing!) accessible for everyone.