How to Start Skiing
How to Start Skiing North Shore Massachusetts
HOW TO START CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Cross country skiing is one of the most rewarding and healthiest forms of exercise. Unfortunately, here in the Massachusetts, there is a lack of information and resources for people who'd like to get started. The North Shore Nordic Association is out to fix that.
On this page, you'll find the three things you need to get started: 1. How to rent skis 2. Where & when to ski 3. How to find lessons
1. How to rent or buy Cross Country Skis ON THE NORTH SHORE
The first step to getting started is finding the right gear, which might seem daunting at first. However, if you live on or near the North Shore, you're in luck! Sports Stop Wenham is located only five minutes from our trail network and offers rentals for just $22. Head over to the Sports Stop and talk to any of their highly qualified staff - they'll know exactly what you need and will have you set up in under five minutes.
2. Where and when to ski on the North Shore
The NSNA maintains a large network of groomed cross country ski trails in the Hamilton/Wenham area. Here is a map of our trail network and parking places. Typically, we only groom trails if there are four to six inches of snow on the ground.
If there is not enough snow to ski here on the North Shore, there are numerous ski touring centers in New Hampshire and Maine. Some of our favorites include Jackson, Bear Notch, Pineland Farms, Bethel Inn and Waterville Valley. If you need a ride, head over to our NSNA forum and check out the carpool category.
3. HOW TO FIND LESSONS
For certified instructors in the Boston area, head down to the Weston Ski Track in Weston, MA. The Track makes their own snow and offers lessons at a reasonable rate all winter long. Most ski touring centers in New Hampshire and Maine offer lessons as well, including Jackson, Bear Notch, Pineland Farms, Bethel Inn and Waterville Valley.
If you can't make it to Weston or New Hampshire, check out the "Learn to Ski" section of our NSNA forum. Members of our community are more than happy to answer questions and will even offer free lessons - any lessons scheduled via the forum are not sanctioned by or afflicted with by NSNA.
With the right gear, lessons and conditions, cross country skiing is relatively easy activity to pick up, and you won't find a better way to get outside in the winter. All it takes is five minutes in a rental shop and one lesson and you're on your way. If you have any questions, let us know, we'd be happy to help.