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PO Box 2101
South Hamilton, MA 01982
USA

Help us bring groomed cross-country skiing to the Hamilton area.

The North Shore Nordic Association, a 501C3 tax exempt non-profit charitable organization formed by local residents with the goal of acquiring and operating ski grooming equipment on some of our local trails. The NSNA will work with local land stewards to groom a classical and skate ski lane on several existing trails including Patton Park, portions of the Discover Hamilton Trail, Appleton Farms and Grassrides, Bradley Palmer State Park and hopefully Sagamore Hill.

 

The NSNA is seeking funding from multiple sources to acquire an 84” Groomer and a special utility snowmobile to tow the groomer. Additionally we seek to acquire a trailer, operating insurance, fuel, signage, trail maps and signs. Please consider making a donation in any amount on our website www.nsnordic.org. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. WE need to raise a total of approximately $25,000 to get the operation up and running for the winter of 2015-2016. Subsequent years will only require funds to operate and maintain our equipment and pay for fuel and insurance. The NSNA will be an entirely volunteer run operation and we are seeking anyone interested in helping out in any way.

 

Once we are operational all ski trail use will be free of charge and supported by donations. NSNA will issue donor cards, as a token of appreciation to those making a donation of at least $100.

 

NSNA is also seeking to partner with corporate sponsors to fund a portion of our capital campaign.

 

 

NSNA Updates

Thanks to Our Trail Maintenance Volunteers!

Carol Catalano

Oct 7th was NSNA’s first volunteer trail maintenance day for the upcoming season. The work was coordinated in conjunction with the DCR and Essex County Greenbelt (ECTA).

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A dozen volunteers tackled three projects: restoration work on the Asbury Loop Trail in Bradley Palmer, site preparation for installation of a sign kiosk in Bradley Palmer that was fabricated and donated by NSNA, and restoration work on ECGA’s Pingree Woodland Trail.

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At Bradley Palmer, we worked to maintain the trail improvement project that we completed last year. Water bars were cleaned, and the trail surface was regraded. We will be doing some additional work with the help of the DCR on the upper section of the trail.

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Volunteers also cleared an area for the new kiosk which will be located at the east end of the footbridge over the Ipswich River. The new kiosk will allow for a winter trail use map.

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The Pingree Woodland Trail runs between Pingree School and Appleton Grass Rides. Our work was primarily the removal of boulders exposed on the trail surface. Last season, it was difficult for our groomer to get over the exposed boulders and skiers would often hit them while skiing. The boulders were removed and the holes were filled and compacted.

Our volunteers deserve a big thanks for the hard work they put in during the day. Thank you to William Mead, Scott Skinner, Andrew Mott, Chris Fauste, Tom Beard, Cindy Woods, Natalie Medici, Michael Woods, Brian Lawney, Greg Horner, Tom Catalano, and John Kenney!

Thinking of volunteering? We'd love to have you with us next time. Click below to sign up!

Winter is Coming!

Carol Catalano

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NSNA supporter Dag Holmboe of Hamilton (by way of Sweden 😎) braving the summer sun roller skiing, to stay in shape for ski season.

Like Dag, NSNA is already planning for this winter: Stay tuned for upcoming trail work days and our NSNA gear shop. 

New Trail Signs

Carol Catalano

Founding board member (and designer) Carol Catalano displays one of our new trail signs.

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What's Happening at NSNA?

Carol Catalano

Even without snow, North Shore Nordic is busy. Here, our newest board member and volunteer coordinator John Kenny leads a discussion of the myriad details that move this organization forward.

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Last Chance this Year!

Carol Catalano

Make your tax-deductible gift now! If you donate $100 or more by the new year, you'll receive one of our popular North Shore Nordic Association embroidered hats from Craft Sportswear.

Show your community skiing pride and help us meet our fundraising goals for the season. Donate online, or mail your check to the following address:

North Shore Nordic Association
595 Highland Street

South Hamilton, MA 01982

With thanks from the board of the NSNA,

Tom Catalano
Carol Catalano
Ernest Ashley
Bob Carroll
Greg Horner
Deborah Logan
Eric Schenker
Jim Trudeau

Thanks to our trail maintenance volunteers!

Carol Catalano

October 29 was our first trail maintenance day for the upcoming winter season. We tackled a section of trail in Bradley Palmer State Park where a rough, sloped stretch would have prevented us from grooming. 14 hard-working volunteers joined us for 4 hours to remove large rocks, rake off debris, dig trenches, and install water bars to prevent the trail from washing out. To finish, we leveled the trail using material provided by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Now we'll have no problem grooming a trail along the south side of Bradley Palmer.

Take a peek at our slideshow of photos from the day. We hope this inspires more of you to join us next time. It's hard work, but it's also a lot of fun! And it will make for a better winter season for all. Sign up to volunteer below.

Best regards form the board of the NSNA,

Tom Catalano
Carol Catalano
Ernest Ashley
Bob Carroll
Greg Horner
Deborah Logan
Eric Schenker
Jim Trudeau

 

Our Goals for this Season

Carol Catalano

Cooling Autumn weather is getting us in the mood for a (hopefully) snowy winter here at North Shore Nordic. We can't wait to be out on the trails with you this season, and we're preparing to get our community ski trail grooming operation into gear.

What makes it all possible is your generous donations to our fundraising efforts, including the one we have going on right now: our sale of custom Nordic wear from Craft. Order yours today!

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