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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.



NSNA Updates

A Weekend Getaway at the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT)

Jaime Reynolds

Gliding over undulating snowfields on pristine new tracks set by North Shore Nordic Association groomers may be nirvana, but it’s not the only way to enjoy a truly Nordic experience.

I was the lucky winner of the raffle prize at the North Shore Nordic association fundraiser last June - a weekend getaway at the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) in Alstead NH. I conscripted my brother and two outdoor sports loving friends, planning an early January backcountry skiing adventure.  

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Groomer training session- just in time!

Carol Catalano

A timely groomer training session prepared our grooming team to mobilize quickly and efficiently for the first storm of the season on Dec. 9th. Here's a recap of the training session.

 December 2nd an enthusiastic group of 12 volunteer hailing from Ipswich, Hamilton, and Manchester gathered at the Patton Homestead in Hamilton for annual trail grooming volunteer workshop.

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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).


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.


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.


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.


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


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