|News and Comments||We received four inches of snow overnight, it is sleeting now with a chance for freezing rain, turning back to snow before ending this evening, We will be open tomorrow, MLK Day and Tuesday, Wednesday for sure with fresh grooming and most trails open. Shelters available year-round for overnight camping, e-mail email@example.com or call 603-878-2869 for reservations.
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Our ski trails are groomed with the latest and greatest Pisten Bully 100 and Pisten Bully 160 snowcats with blades, front renovator, tillers, and track setters. We also use three snowmobiles with various attachments including a new Ginzu groomer.
On weekends and holidays we groom all the trails that have sufficient snow. Some trails have two sets of tracks and are not for skating. Other trails have a skating lane and a single set of tracks. The Open Slope on Barrett Mountain is groomed without any tracks and tracks are not placed on hills. Our teaching field has four sets of tracks and an open area with a gentle hill to practice various techniques. The black trails are the last to be groomed. We groom most of the backcountry/snowshoe trails after significant snowfalls. The steepest backcountry/snowshoe trails are not groomed.
When we can offer good skiing mid-week, we groom about a third of the trail system each day. When the skiing or weather is marginal, the Ski Shop is closed, but you may still ski after paying a trail fee in the Waxing Shed. Occasionally we need to close the trails due to weather or snow conditions. Be sure to call ahead or check the Conditionspage.
In 1970, when I moved to the land, there was one trail, the Stagecoach Road. At one time it was the main route between Boston and Keene, NH. Now it is the northern boundary of the trail system. In two years I cut and bulldozed eight miles of trails on and around Barrett Mountain. Over the years the trail network has expanded to twenty-five miles or forty kilometers. The trails have been widened, the drainage improved and the surfaces smoothed to accommodate wider and heavier grooming machines on less snow.
The trails are suitable for all ability levels and are rated with a degree of difficulty in relation to this area. Ski our easiest trails first to see how they relate to your ability. Trails are marked with green, blue, and black symbols denoting easiest, more difficult, and most difficult. We have ten kilometers of easiest, fourteen kilometers of more difficult and eight kilometers of most difficult trails. The most difficult trails on Barrett Mountain are some of the steepest you will encounter at a groomed cross country area. If you see a caution sign, it means that skiers and snowshoers should be prepared for more of a challenge. Numbers at the intersections correspond to numbers on the map. If the numbers are decreasing it means that you are heading towards the Ski Shop. You can purchase a trail map in the Ski Shop, and for your convenience, trail maps are posted throughout the trail network as well.
Snowshoers are welcome to use all the trails, but are asked to stay out of the set ski tracks. We have eight kilometers of trails exclusively for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing.
Skiers often remark about how much they enjoy the variety on our trails. There are fields, valleys, four ponds and a hilltop with a view of Mt. Monadnock, accessible by easy trails. The Open Slope on Barrett Mountain is a great place to practice turns, enjoy a superb view, and to have a picnic at the Mountain Top Shelter. Or plan to meet at the Valley View Shelter for a peaceful moment. The Warming Hut has a woodstove and makes a great destination for young skiers, also reached by green trails. It is a popular place to rent overnight for a private winter’s eve gathering. And just in case you need them, there are eight outhouses located along the trails. Our land is designated a Tree Farm, so you may notice timber stand improvements. Please leave your dogs at home.
I have skied a lot of places, but I always enjoy coming home to these trails because they say, “ski me one more time”. I hope you can enjoy their magic.
The Wapack Trail is a popular twenty-one mile, ridgeline hiking trail that passes through Windblown, well marked by yellow triangles. It was created in 1922, by Frank Robbins and Marion Davis. In 1963 Al Jenks bought the land that is now Windblown from Marion Davis.
When there is snow on the ground, use of the Wapack Trail on Windblown property is restricted to trail ticket holders on skis or snowshoes. Winter hiking is not allowed, as footprints are dangerous to skiers. Ticket holders are permitted to park in our parking lot. For snowshoers or skiers passing through, the fee is the lowest part-day trail fee. Please inform the Ski Shop staff if you will be returning to your car after 5 pm.
Special notice regarding hiking at Windblown: We no longer allow hiking on the ski trails here except on the Wapack Trail after mud season in late April, until it snows in late fall. The Wapack Trail passes through Windblown property and many other privately owned lands. Our neighbor has closed the section of the Wapack Trail that crossed his land just to the east of Windblown which included Stony Top and the Old Farm Trail. The Wapack Trail has been re-routed through Windblown. Please honor private property signs. You can view the re-route on our Trail Map – follow the yellow triangles.
Parking for Wapack Trail hikers continues to be along the west side of Route 124 at the top of the hill where the trail crosses the highway and across the road where the driveway is wide. Hikers are asked not to park in Windblown’s parking lots. We are working with Friends of the Wapack to establish permanent off-road parking near this section of the trail.
Windblown provides the only sites on the Wapack Trail where camping is permitted. We have four shelters that are rented for overnight use year-round. Advance reservations are required. Some years the Warming Hut is available to rent by the night in the Spring or Fall. See Accommodations.
Wapack Trail guidebooks and maps are available to buy in our Ski Shop during the ski season. They may be purchased year round at Eastern Mountain Sports(EMS) in Peterborough, NH, or from Friends of the Wapack
1. From the southern end of the trail at Rte. 119 in Ashby, MA, to Windblown, it is 9.1 miles, a four to five hour hike over four small mountains.
2. From Windblown to Rte 101, at the base of Temple Mountain in Peterborough, NH, it is 6.9 miles, a three to four hour hike, through a valley and over a long high ridgeline.
3. From Rte. 101 to the northern end of the trail at the base of North Pack Monadnock Mountain, on Mountain Road in Greenfield, NH, it is 5.4 miles, a two to three hour hike, over two mountains.