The North Shore Nordic Association was founded to promote winter use of the regions existing trail networks and recreational assets. The NSNA will work with existing organizations and governmental entities to design and maintain a system of winter trails for snow based activities such as cross country skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing, which would not be detrimental to the maintenance of the snow surface on the trails. The trails will be donation supported and open to all.
The NSNA will use low impact grooming equipment to maintain a groomed snow surface and ski track along an established trail network that will use existing trails. Volunteers and or paid staff will tow a snow-grooming device behind a snowmobile. The snow surfaces shall be groomed on a schedule that is consistent with snowfall and trail use.
The NSNA will serve the North Shore communities of Essex County where there are existing municipal and private trails and recreational facilities. Starting in Hamilton the NSNA intends to eventually branch out to connect the trail systems of the Discover Hamilton Trail, The Trustees of Reservations Appleton Farms and Grassrides, The Harvard Woods, The Massachusetts DCR Bradley Palmer and Willowdale state parks, The Bay Circuit Trail and other local existing trail networks.
The NSNA will benefit the citizens of Hamilton and it’s surrounding communities by leveraging our existing trail and open space assets to provide winter recreational and athletic activities. Eventually the NSNA could work with local recreation departments to provide structured training and competitive winter opportunities for local youth. The NSNA will be able to use existing lighting in Patton Park to offer evening trail use in the park, providing outdoor opportunities when daylight is limited.
The North Shore Nordic Association promotes winter use of our area’s existing trail networks and recreational assets by partnering with existing organizations and governmental entities to plan and maintain a system of winter trails for human-powered snow sports such as cross country skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing. By providing a network of groomed trails, trail maps and signs, NSNA encourages and facilitates active living and exploration of the outdoors in winter. Use of the groomed trails is donation supported and open to all.
Board of Directors
Tom Catalano, Co-founder
Carol Catalano, Co-founder
Ernest Ashley, Treasurer
Our land Partners
Essex County Trail Association
The Massachusetts DCR
The Pingree School
The Town of Hamilton
Our Title Sponsor
Organization and Operations
The NSNA volunteers use low impact grooming equipment to maintain a groomed snow surface and ski track along existing trail networks. The snow surfaces are groomed on a schedule that is consistent with snowfall and trail use and will not disturb the underlying trail structure.
The NSNA serves the North Shore communities of Essex County where there are existing municipal and private trails and recreational facilities. Starting in Hamilton, Topsfield, and Ipswich with Bradley Palmer, The Trustees of Reservations’ Appleton Farms and Grass Rides, Pingree School, and Patton Park, the NSNA intends to eventually branch out to connect the trail systems of the Discover Hamilton Trail, The Bay Circuit Trail, and other local trail networks in Wenham, Ipswich, and Topsfield.
The NSNA benefits Essex County communities by leveraging existing trail and open space assets to provide winter recreational and athletic activities. Eventually the NSNA would like to work with local recreation departments to provide structured training and competitive winter opportunities for local youth.
Long Term Goals
- Establish a rental or loaner ski program.
- Connect to the Bay Circuit Trail.
- Expand groomed trail network to include Sagamore Hill & other local trails.
- Establish a local ski league.
- Offer recreation department lessons and clinics.
- Establish annual fundraiser ski event.
Our Corporate Sponsors
Our BUSINESS PARTNERS
Thank You to Our Generous Donors
$10,000 and above
Title sponsor: Craft Sportswear
$5000 - $9999
Brotchie Capital Management
New England Biolabs
$500 - $4999
Thomas & Christine Beard
Sam & Tracey Byrne
Benjamin & Theresa Conway
Evans Family Foundation
Elena Foster & Hugh Foster Jr.
Institute for Savings
Lark Fine Foods
Kim McGovern & Frank Scherkenback
Patrick & Julie Riordan
Catherine & Chris Scott
$100 - $499
Applied Material Foundation & Employees
Ernest & Linda Ashley
Corinne Cather & Raymond G. Falconer
Peter B. Clark & Marguerite T. Clark
Porter de Sieyes
Employees of Catalano Architects
Lynette Fallon & Gerard Fallon Jr.
Charles G Gennis
Don and Lucia Greenough
Barbara and Tom Hey
Stephen & Briane Horner
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Marc Johnson & Yvonne Von Bodengraven
Jodi Llacera Klein
Mary B. Partridge
John & Jean Roccio
David Santomenna & Ana K. Crespo
Peter & Lindsey Strong
James & Jane Trudeau
Charles D Whitten
Cynthia & Michael Woods
$25 - $99
Thomas & Susan Ackerman
GE Employee Matching
Lisa LeMoult Mason
Valerie B. Weener & Harvey Weener