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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.



Trail & Grooming Updates

Wednesday update

Gregory Horner

Ski today or tonight! With warming temperatures the snow will soften and make for a window of excellent conditions before Thursday’s rain. We have groomed at both Appleton Farms and Patton Homestead. Note: Patton Homestead is groomed for skate and classic tracks, Appleton is groomed for skate and classic. Appleton grooming is on both sides of the train tracks, but does not reach the grassrides parking lot. We suggest starting at the visitors center lot, accessed from rte 1a and then right at the fork.

With your help, we are ready!

Carol Catalano

In the last 8 weeks NSNA volunteers have worked over 75 hours lining up all the elements to provide groomed community ski trails this winter. Here's a list of some of the critical steps involved:

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Season Finale March 29th 2018

Carol Catalano

With snow melting, temperatures rising, and birds singing, it was time to load up the snowmobile and grooming equipment one last time. After a busy season the equipment is off to a well-earned tune-up and preparation for next winter.

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March 18th Sunday Morning Update

Carol Catalano

Last night we groomed the west side of Appleton Farms, the Plains Field, Lamson Field, and the adjacent Grassrides Fields. Because of the shallow frozen granular snow, our primary goal was to break up the frozen ruts and leave groomed corduroy.  It is wide, firm, and should be fast for skating! 

We left existing classic tracks, which are likely glazed this morning. Note that the access road and trail into the fields has a few small rough and bare spots to avoid.  These areas are icy and hard, please be careful. Once in the fields, cover is good. 

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Saturday morning March 17th

Carol Catalano

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Expect icy conditions in most places, with some sun softening later this morning in open areas. Appleton fields on the west side of the tracks are likely the best; they have the most snow, they were groomed last night and will be firm and fast, great for skating. Crust cruising is also a good option for skaters. Skiing ungroomed areas may be a better option for classic skiers in places.

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