Skiing & Outdoor Recreation
Canterbury Farm Ski Touring Center
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It is up to everyone to keep safe and healthy. We all have to make sacrifices, and these are the changes we are making this year.
Masks are required, unless you are out on the trails staying 6 feet apart.
All tickets and rentals will be sold online only.
No food served. Tailgating is allowed, but no indoor facilities.
No storage of personal belongings; change boots from your car.
No lodging until summer 2021.
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays except for holidays
Due to weather conditions and state Covid protocols, current operations may change. Check our weather conditions page.
Canterbury Farm will still sell season passes and gift certificates by phone anytime. We are now selling tickets and reservations for rentals online!
Yes, we do expect an increase in skiers. This is a safe sport during a pandemic. We have 200 acres of private land that skiers, snowshoers, and ice skaters can enjoy while socially distancing.
Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are very easy sports to learn, even without lessons. Group lessons with only family members will be accepted with reservations only. Our equipment is simple to put on and off and comfortable. Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to give tips and short instructions before you go out. All our trails are marked with trail maps on each intersection.
We have enclosed and heated our Ski Chalet. This is also used for the ski rental shop. We have made improvements to our grooming capabilities. The existing trail system has been enhanced with more drainage, bridges and signage. New rental equipment will be purchased.
With our extensive and varied terrain, one can ski without feeling like they are in a crowd. Our patrons have said that Canterbury Farm is a “gem.” This private wooded land has been forest managed for 80 years, and it shows. Customers can experience three different winter sports. One pass can be interchanged between skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating with onsite rental equipment. As in the past, we provide a friendly and healthy environment for all.
With 22 kilometers of groomed and tracked ski trails, you will ski alongside beautiful brooks, beaver ponds, stone walls, lakes, fields and mountains where nature abounds. Our trails meander through old wood stands, which gives you the feel of being in the wilderness. Other trails are wider for excellent ski skating. Snowshoe trails are maintained just for snow shoeing for those who want that experience.
Ski and skate instruction may be limited this year. Our ski instructors will teach you the best techniques and skills so you can be off enjoying the woods. Our rental equipment is well maintained with the helpful ski shop staff ready to fit and fix your ski equipment.
Members enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating whenever facilities are open to the general public. Free hiking year round. No black-out dates!
With a northern exposure at an elevation of 1700 feet, we have snow when the valley area doesn't. Check our ski conditions page for honest and daily updates.
Our 22 kilometers of beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails are machine groomed every day. We use specific grooming equipment for every type of snow condition. Tracks are set for diagonal skiing and there are skating lanes on some trails. One trail is kept natural for that back woods experience. The snow shoe trails are packed and marked as they meander through the dense forest. At the summit of the hill you can see Mt. Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts.
The Ski Chalet
Come into the ski shop where the ease of purchasing a ticket on line and reserving renting equipment comes with a smile. Our staff is there to give you help and tips to make your experience great.
Our ski trails are groomed daily. Our ski team is out combing out, packing, and tracking those trails with numerous types of equipment. Dave is a landscaper in the summer so you can bet he is making those trails as beautiful as they can be.
Due to Covid, lessons may not be available. Our knowledgeable and caring professional staff will make your ski experience better because you learn the easy way by practicing technique before you try by trial and error. Lessons usually last about an hour. Please call to make a reservation.
Looking down the bank of a babbling brook, crossing a beaver swamp, viewing Mt Greylock in the distance: these are just a few sights you will see as you shoe along our special snow shoe trails. Marked and packed for your pleasure.
Tubbs quality for ease off and on.
The Farm Pond
Limited use of pond due to Covid restrictions. Did you learn to skate outdoors? If you did, then you know what an exhilarating feeling it is. The crisp sounds, the sun or wind hitting your face, the total freedom of movement! The pond is much smaller than an indoor rink, yet big enough to glide and spin like a pro. Speaking of pros...
Riedell rental skates with Thinsulate and soft tech lining. So comfortable, you will forget you have on skates. That is, except for the skinny blade on the bottom! We keep them sharp for your pleasure.