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. Snowshoeing is usually allowed on or near Nordic ski trails and there are many more snowshoeing trails.
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. A sampler pass for all seven areas is available for $55. The association is based in Hawley and its phone number is 413-339-4265. The association’s goal is to make cross-country skiing (and snowshoeing!) accessible for everyone.