Renowned for its Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, Notchview also entices year-round adventurers for hiking and bird watching.
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.
Notchview’s original acreage was a bequest, with endowment, by Lieutenant Colonel Arthur D. Budd in 1965. Additional land was given by F. Sydney and Rosamond J. Smithers in 1993, and acquired from Lisa and Kenneth Estes in 2022.
*NOTE: Early Bird Ski Passes end 12/6. Normal Winter hours of operation are 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Please check our snow report for daily weather and grooming updates.
*Xmas Trees are avail for purchase on December 10 from 10am-2pm. Trees are a recommended $50+ and all proceeds go to the Notchview ski operations. Located .5m down Hume Rd off route 9- turn-off is just before Notchview when coming from Pittsfield. Limited supply so come early.Ski Notchview
*Please visit the website for real-time updates on the property and Covid-19 information.
Member Season Ski & Snowshoe Pass Available: We are excited to offer Trustees Members the Early-Bird Season Trail Pass for only $49 per Adult and $30 per youth (ages 6-17)- the pass will be mailed to you. After 12/6, the Members Season Trail Pass will revert to the standard price of $69 and you will be required to pick up your pass at the Budd Visitor Center. So hurry and purchase online today!Ski Notchview
*Xmas Trees are avail for purchase on December 10 from 10am-2pm. Trees are a recommended $50+ and all proceeds go to the Notchview ski operations. Located .5m down Hume Rd off route 9- turn-off is just before Notchview when coming from Pittsfield. Limited supply so come early.
Trails: Notchview offers over 25 miles of trails to explore. Almost half of the trails are groomed and track-set for classical cross-country skiing and 5 miles are groomed for skate skiing. A separate trail system is for “skijoring,” or skiing with dogs. You can also snowshoe alongside the ski trails or go off track and explore the backcountry.
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.
Mountain Biking: The season has ended and we are now focusing on preparing the trails for snow. Check our website in March for updates.
Need a place to stay for your ski getaway? Book a room at the Guest House at Field Farm in Williamstown, the Berkshires favorite authentic mid-century modern B&B and historic house museum. Take advantage of the Fall/Winter Special: Now available through February 26, stay two nights and get one night 50% off. Stay 3 nights and your third night is on us. Use Promo Code ‘Sweaterweather’ when booking. The rates are for two guests per room; this Special cannot be combined with any other discounts.
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Given size of reservation, allow a minimum of 3 hours.
Trails are closed to Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Plan your day: Come ready to ski…Lockers and changing areas are not available and you will need to store shoes in your car. We are anticipating a busy season so please show up early if you are planning to rent equipment.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we want our valued skiers and snowshoers to know that safety is our highest priority during these challenging times. Below are important modifications we have made to ensure that we all have a safe and extended season:
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 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:
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
We ask that photographers or their clients become Supporting Level Members before conducting portrait sessions at this property. Click here for more information, and to request permission for any portrait sessions. The Trustees of Reservations reserves the right, and may give permission to its designated photographers and videographers, or to outside media, to photograph or video visitors and program participants at all its facilities and properties.
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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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