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Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

Northfield Mountain is a pumped storage hydroelectric facility owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. In accordance with our federal license, we offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities as well as an extensive array of environmental and recreation programs. We are a four-season recreation facility situated along a beautiful sweep of mountainside, with satellite facilities conveniently located along a 7-mile stretch of the Connecticut River.

Featured activities include:
Cross-country Skiing
Mountain Biking
Educational Programs

Cross Country Skiing at Northfield Mountain

Northfield Mountain has more than 25 miles of trails designed specifically for cross country skiing and groomed for both classical and free-style skiing. Our trails offer some of the finest Nordic skiing in the region, from beginner trails to the demanding 800-foot vertical climb of Tenth Mountain Trail. Hikers, dogs and other pets are excluded from our trails during the ski season.

Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Always call ahead to our 24-hour Snow Phone for the most current conditions: (800) 859-2960 or check our Trails Report on our Facebook page which is updated daily. Trail system closed to all users Mondays and Tuesdays, except holiday openings.

Rental Equipment and Trail Fees

We offer mid-length waxless skis, equipped with easy-to-use NNN bindings. Adult sized skate ski rentals are also available as are combination packages that include rentals, trail fees and lessons. For those with very young children, pulks may be rented for $5 per hour.

View Our 2018–2019 Rates (PDF)


Northfield Mountain’s certified ski instructors offer 90 minute group lessons for $25/person which are generally offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekends and weekdays by appointment. Ski lessons emphasize fun, essential skills, and safety. Participants may choose between beginner’s group lessons, special technique clinics, or private instruction for $50/hour. Reservations are required. Phone: (800) 859-2960. Special programs at moderate prices are offered for school groups.


More than six miles of trails are reserved exclusively for snowshoeing. The trails meander through scenic sections of the mountain, with great views from Rose Ledges. Free snowshoe trail tickets must be picked up at the ski shop before heading out. Please see our price chart above if you need to rent snowshoes.


Northfield Mountain can take on the largest blizzard or the lightest dusting of snow with their fleet of grooming vehicles. The trails receive regular grooming–usually in the early morning, with tracks set for classical skiing and areas groomed flat for skating.


School Programs: Recreation & Environmental Education

Join us for one of the many field trip opportunities offered for schools and organized groups at Northfield Mountain. Our goal is to provide quality learning experiences that are both educational and engaging, using the outdoors as the classroom. Experienced educators allow learners the opportunity to explore subjects and habitats through focused, inquiry-based programs, taking advantage of the magic of each season. All environmental school programs support the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. For more information call us at 413-659-4462.

Please call (413) 659-3714 or (800) 859-2960 to register.

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View School Programs for Winter

View School Programs for Spring


Public Programs

Public Program Registration

Register by phone with your Visa or MasterCard at 800-859-2960. Register by mail with a check payable to Northfield Mountain. Please be sure to include program name, dates, and participant numbers and mail to 99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA 01360.

If you are unable to attend a program for which you are registered, please call as soon as possible so that others can take your place. Refunds will be made when we are notified at least one week in advance of program date.

Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult on all programs.

For more current Northfield Mountain Newsletter and public programs, click here.


Facility Rentals

Call 800-859-2960 for event facility rental reservations.


Fee: $300 plus a refundable $150 cleaning/damage deposit fee for exclusive use of our post and beam pavilion and adjacent lawns along the Connecticut River*.
Please note: If a large tent is to be set up and removed on the nearby grounds, the Pavilion must be rented on the days before and after the event.Contact us for three day rental discounts and information.

  • Available Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.
  • Maximum group size is 100 people. The 8 picnic tables in the Pavilion seat 64.
  • Swimming and beaching or anchoring of any watercraft on the riverbank is not permitted.
  • There are two 110 volt/20 amp outlets under the serving table with GFI protection.
  • Disabled guests will find the service entrance most convenient. All others should use the Pavilion parking area directly off Pine Meadow Road.

* Address of the Pavilion is 156 Pine Meadow Road. From the Visitor Center at 99 Millers Falls Road in Northfield, head north on Route 63 and it is the first left onto Ferry Road. At the bottom of this short road, turn right onto Pine Meadow Road and the Pavilion parking lot is on the left. Please share the address and directions with your guests.


Fee: $100 with a refundable $100 cleaning/damage deposit fee. Located behind the Visitor Center.

  • Available between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Maximum group size is 30 people.
  • A pellet stove keeps the yurt warm in any season. Limited electricity is provided.

Visitor Center Auditorium

Fee: $150 with a refundable $100 cleaning/damage deposit fee for large indoor meeting room in our Visitor Center.

  • Available between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. April through October.
  • Maximum group size is 60 seated in rows.

Please be aware that use of alcohol is not permitted in yurt or auditorium.

*Trail Alert: Electric power transmission line work on the south side of the mountain will impact access to Tenth Mountain, B-Bar-W and Jug End trails until the end of April 2019. Updated trail information is available at the Visitor Center, on our Facebook page, or by calling 800-859-2960.

Activity Locations

See our map below for more location details