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PO Box 2101
South Hamilton, MA 01982

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 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.






What is special about groomed trails?

  • Makes learning to ski easier for all ages
  • Helps to compact deep snow
  • Creates tracks to guide skis
  • Creates a flat ski lane for skate skiing
  • Creates that wonderful "corduroy"
  • Loosens up hardpack and ice
  • Patches up ruts and impact depressions
  • Helps snow cover last longer


Where can I rent or buy skis?


How can I help? 

  • Donate.
  • Inquire as to whether your employer has a grant-matching program.
  • Spread the word about us on social media, and follow us on facebook and twitter.
  • Volunteer for one of our open positions.


Are you a registered non-profit? Are my donations tax-deductible?

The North Shore Nordic Association of Hamilton, MA is a 501C3 tax exempt non-profit charitable organization. Your donations are tax-deductible. Donate here.


Learn to Cross Country Ski with CANSI instructor Keith Nicol. 

What is the difference between classic cross country and skate skiing? 

"Classical skiing is the original style of cross-country skiing. In this style the arms and legs move parallel to the direction of travel and with the same tempo as walking or running.

Classical skiing depends on the kicking and gliding with parallel skis to move forward on a trail.

Skate skiing is a newer method of cross-country skiing and uses lateral movements that are familiar to inline, roller and ice skaters. The arms work together with the legs to help achieve forward momentum" (Williams, Carlesa: An Introduction to Skate Skiing).

trail use

Who can use the trails?

Cross country skiers, skate skiers, and snowshoers. If you are snowshoeing, please walk along the edge of the skate track. Respect the groomed trails - if you are sinking in and creating ruts and holes, please choose an un-groomed trail to hike on. 


How much does it cost to use the trails?

The trails are free, but donations help us offset the cost of grooming and are appreciated. Donate here.


When are the trails open? 

Sunrise to Sunset. 


Where will the groomed trails be located?

The majority of trails will be in Bradley Palmer State Park, Appleton Farms and Grass Rides, Pingree School, Pingree Woodland, and Patton Park. Check the maps section of our website for more details.


Will bikes be allowed on the trails? 

On groomed trails, please follow the International Mountain Biking guidelines:

  • Bike tires must be a minimum of 3-1/2" wide
  • Bike tires must have a maximum tire pressure of 19 psi
  • Bikes must be able to ride on the groomed trail surface without creating a rut


Will dogs be allowed on the trails?

For rules regarding dogs on the trails, please refer to the dog policies and leash rules of the individual properties. A portion of each trail will be groomed for skiing, leaving an un-groomed section to the side for use by non-skiers. Please respect the groomed trails. If your dog is tearing up the tracks or creating holes and divots, please choose one of the many un-groomed trails to ski on.


Where can I find a trail map? 

Maps will be available at trailheads and in the maps section of our website.


How can I use the trail map on my phone?

Our trail map was created in Google Maps. To see your location on the map with your phone's GPS you will need a Google account and the Google maps app (standard on Android, for iPhone download the app in the iTunes App Store).

1. Go to the map page

2. Click to highlight the star in the upper left corner of the map, next to the title "NSNA Trail Map". This saves the map in your Google account.

3. Open the Google Maps app on your phone.

4. Open the menu (by selecting the three lines in the upper left).

5. In the menu, select "Your places".

6. Under "Your places", navigate to "Maps".

7. "NSNA Trail Map" will appear under "Maps". Select it to view. If your GPS is enabled, your location on the trails will be visible!


How deep must the snow be before it can be groomed?

Snow must be 4 inches deep on close-cut grass surfaces before we can groom. It must be deeper than that where the underlying vegetation is tall, and still deeper in wooded areas.


How often will the trails be groomed? 

After a substantial snowfall and on an as-needed basis to rehabilitate the snow surface. Please recognize that this is an entirely volunteer effort, and we will do our best to groom all the trails we have access to. However, at times this may not be possible. Please check our grooming updates page for up to date details.