Renowned for its Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, Notchview also entices year-round adventurers for hiking and bird watching.
Budd Visitor Center is now closed- THANK YOU for a wonderful ski season.
With more than 3,000 acres of rolling terrain and miles of groomed ski trails, Notchview, a part of the Hoosac Range in the Berkshire Hills, offers an idyllic escape all year round—but especially in winter. Much of Notchview sits above 2,000 feet; Judge’s Hill, the highest point, is 2,297 feet. Most of the reservation is covered with a red spruce and northern hardwood forest.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we want our valued skiers and hikers s to know that safety is our highest priority during these challenging times. Below is important information to know before you arrive:
Seventeen kilometers of trails are groomed and track-set for classical cross-country skiing; eight kilometers are groomed for skate skiing. A separate trail system is groomed for “skijoring,” or skiing with dogs.
You can also go off track and explore the backcountry, or snowshoe along the ski trails. During ski season, the Budd Visitor Center—named for Lieutenant Colonel Arthur D. Budd, who established Notch View Farm—provides food and beverages, equipment rentals, and a warm respite from the winter chill.
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Given size of reservation, allow a minimum of 3 hours.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing available early December to March 28, daily, 8AM to 5PM.
2020-21 Season Ski Pass: A Special offer for Trustees Members Only!
With a current Trustees Membership and a Notchview Season Pass, you can ski free all day, every day –including weekends and holidays!
*Each adult in a family will need to purchase their own pass. For each youth between the ages of 6-17 in the family, parents can add the youth pass to their online purchase. (No additional membership is needed for Youth Passes and we only require a first and Last name for the youth)
Notchview is located is on the north side of Rt. 9 in Windsor. From the West: Follow Rt. 9 1 mi. past the Rt. 8A intersection. From the East: Follow Rt. 9 3.5 mi. beyond the Windsor–Cummington town line.
The Trustees asks that visitors follow these social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all, and to help us keep properties open in these challenging times. Thank you in advance for your patience. We look forward to seeing you soon!
IMPORTANT- What to expect this year:
Weather: Be aware of the weather. Notchview gets more snow than the valley towns (an average 45″ more snow each year than neighboring Dalton). The average temperature is 10 degrees colder than the valleys, and temperatures tend to drop quickly after sunset. So, dress appropriately by bring layers of clothing in the winter months and, at minimum, a windbreaker or sweater in the summer.
What to Wear in the Winter: The key is to wear just enough to avoid getting cold without winding up overheating on the first hill. Unless you’re doing a lot of standing around, you likely don’t need more than two layers each on your top and bottom. Below are some tips:
Restrooms: Porta Johns
During ski season, the Budd Visitor Center—named for Lieutenant Colonel Arthur D. Budd, who established Notchview Farm—provides food and beverages, equipment rentals, and a warm respite from the winter chill.
Due to Covid-19, the Visitor Center may have limited access. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information. Be sure to plan ahead, and be safe
Notchview is a spectacular setting for your wedding. We can accommodate outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions for groups of up to 400 people. Please email NotchviewEventRentals@thetrustees.org for more information.
Printed trail maps are distributed free from the visitor center and bulletin board outside the visitor center. One map is for hiking (spring, summer, fall) and the other is for cross-country skiing, ski skating, and snow shoeing (winter). Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.
Notchview is owned by The Trustees of Reservations and is open from dawn till dusk. Budd Visitor Center is staffed on weekends and most afternoons. Notchview is large and has a complex system of trails; please carry a trail map and sign in at the Visitor Center.
Our volunteer ski patrol is certified by the National Ski Patrol. On ski race days, trails not being used by racers are open to the public. Races generally end around noon.
Rules for Skiing at Notchview Reservation
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Winding stone walls and lonely cellar holes tell tales of the hope and disappointment that European settlers dealt with as they cleared this rugged upland to farm during the early 19th century. Rocky soils and a short growing season ultimately discouraged efforts to cultivate these lands, and by 1900, the farms within Notchview were consolidated into larger estates.
Winter Wonderland! Snow conditions here are good even when you may not have any snow out your window! which is the case this year (2020), grass at my house but 15" of snow here. Trails for all abilities and the grooming is top notch.
– John D, Trip Advisor
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