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Let It Snow! Spots for Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

A skier enjoys Notchview in Windsor, MA.

Whether cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or merely sledding, now is the time and this is the place. Guardians of some of the region’s largest, most scenic properties—from country clubs to art parks to historic estates to resorts like Cranwell in Lenox—are throwing open their gates and welcoming snow-sports enthusiasts. Always call first or check websites to make sure snow and weather conditions are favorable.
 
 
Berkshire County

Canterbury Farm Ski Area
1986 Fred Snow Road, Becket
413-623-0100

Open every day, Canterbury Farm is a mini winter resort with 22 kilometers of groomed trails in an idyllic setting. You can rent skis, snowshoes and skates, and lessons are available as well.

Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Course
55 Lee Road, Lenox
413-637-1364

You don’t have to be an overnight guest to enjoy the pleasures of this landmark resort hotel. You can rent skates and state-of-the-art skis to explore the ten kilometers of groomed trails.

Hilltop Orchards
508 Canaan Rd / Rt 295, Richmond
800-833-6274

What could be more picturesque than skiing on a groomed trail through an apple orchard with mountain views? Perhaps a moonlight snowshoe trek and bonfire on Saturday, January 31. The guided tour leaves promptly at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.  Afterward, warm up by the bonfire or inside by the fireplace. Wine will be for sale at the orchard that is also home to Furnace Brook Winery. $10 per person (snowshoe rentals available on-site for an additional fee). Reservations: 800-833-6274

Kennedy Park & The Arcadian Shop
91 Pittsfield Road, Lenox
413-637-3010

Do you ever wonder why the parking lot at this wonderful outdoor gear shop is always so crowded when the snow is deep? With direct access to the trails of Kennedy Park and ski rentals ($20 a day), this is an easy way to explore nature in the heart of Berkshire County.

Notchview
Route 9, Windsor
413-684-0148

If you’ve never before visited Notchview, it’s always a good time. Open daily, the Budd Visitor Center features a masonry heater, a perfect place to take a break with hot drinks and food. In addition to the intermediate and expert trails there are also seven beginner trails, so it’s very friendly to those new to the sport.

Columbia County

Clermont State Historic Site
One Clermont Avenue, Germantown
518-537-4240

You can always ski for free at this magnificent property. Families can spend the afternoon skiing and sledding while taking in magnificent Hudson River and Catskill Mountain views.

Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9G, Hudson
518-828-0135

Besides offering timeless, painterly views while you ski on the 250 acre property from 8 a.m. to sunset daily, Olana has a guided snoeshoe walk Saturday, January 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Snowshoes are limited, please register.
 
Dutchess County

Burger Hill and Poets’ Walk
Rhinebeck
845-473-4440

These two properties protected by Scenic Hudson offer wide opens spaces with spectacular vistas for skiiing or snowshoeing.

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail
Route 44, Millerton
518-789-9591

While you can hop on the Rail Trail in several spots, downtown Millerton is choice because you can warm up after skiing at the Harney Tea Room, Oakhurst Diner, or the family-friendly Taro’s pizzeria.
 
Staatsburgh State Historic Site and Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
Old Post Road, Staatsburgh
845-889-8851

Great estates such as the Mills Mansion set on 192 acres in the heart of the Hudson Valley are one of the reasons New York is known as the Empire State. You can cross country ski there daily in the shadows of the Catskill Mountains and at the adjacent Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park.
 
Litchfield County

American Legion and People’s State Forest
East River Road, Barkhamsted
860-424-3200

There are several tranquil trails here, but be prepared to see snowmobilers in this park, too.

Great Mountain Forest
201 Windrow Road, Norfolk
860-542-5422

Skiers must sign in and sign out at one of the visitor registers located at the gated entrances in Norfolk (Windrow Road) or Canaan (Canaan Mountain Road).

Topsmead State Forest
Buell Road, Litchfield
860-424-3200

Like so many of our cherished state parks, Topsmead was once a private estate, the summer home of Miss Edith Morton Chase. It becomes a winter wonderland when covered in snow.

White Memorial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield
860-567-0857

With more than 35 miles of hiking trails on 4,000 acres, White Memorial—former home of Alain White and his sister, May, that has been a not-for-profit educational center since 1964—has many pathways for skiing and snowshoeing.

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