The Forum: Winter activities at Bartholomew's Cobble and Notchview

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The Trustees of Reservations properties in the Berkshires will offer several family-friendly holiday events and winter activities this season.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, take a "Stroll with Santa," a half-mile walk, with stories and snacks at Bartholomew's Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield. The cost is $20 general admission and $10 for members. Register at 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or email westregion@thetrustees.org.

Notchview Nordic Ski Center on Route 9 in Windsor has multiple happenings in the works:

• From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, visit the Christmas tree sale and evergreen craft making workshop in the visitor center. Hot chocolate and treats will be available. Trees are $25-$30. The workshop is $30 general admission, $15 for members. Register for the workshop through 413-532-1631, ext. 10 or westregion@thetrustees.org.

• Notchview opens for the season as soon as the snow flies. Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring, lessons, equipment rentals, and special events for all ages and abilities will be offered across its more than 3,000 acres. The Visitor Center offers a cafe with beverages, chili, baked goods and more. Call 413-684-0148 or check xcskimass.com for snow conditions, and visit thetrustees.org for member/nonmember events and activities pricing.

• The Bill Koch Youth Ski League, for youths ages 5-13 years old, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, starting Dec. 27. Register at berkshiretrailsbk.com.

• The Tuesday Night Nordic Race Series begins at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 29. "B.Y.O.L." — Bring your own headlamp and race the course laid out in the field. The Visitor Center will be open on race days. Cost is $5 for Trustees or Berkshire Trails members, $10 for non-members or free for members of both groups.


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