Yes, there is great XC skiing right here in the Boston metro area when we have good snow! Come join Mike and Jim on a tour of the 1,900 acre northern section of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to skiing around beautiful woodlands, fields, streams, and ponds, we'll also ski along part of the Old Marlboro Road, made famous by a poem of the same name by Henry David Thoreau. History buffs should enjoy checking out one of the WWII ammunition bunkers, and I have to imagine that Mike will also tell a tale or two about the area's previous life as Fort Devens-Sudbury Training Annex.
This is a fairly flat area, and thus should be fine for novice to intermediate skiers. However, given all the snow we've had and are expecting, and the ungroomed nature of many of these trails, we recommend wider 55-70mm skis, not skinny touring center skis narrower than 50mm. You should also bring your face mask and enough extra clothing, food, and drink to be happy outside for about 5 hours.
This is a "show and go" from the Visitor Center parking lot (see link below), but you do need to register here beforehand. We'll give preference to MA residents due to COVID travel restrictions.
Mike Barry is a reformed alpine skier who leads multi day XC Ski tours in Maine, Quebec, Norway and the Whites with the Boston Chapter & Adventure Travel Committees. His favorite places to ski are Norway for BC touring (though Maine is close!) and downhill in the French Alps (now on Telemark skis). Mike has been involved in the Club as a Boston Chapter Chair, Club Board of Directors and is currently on the Adventure Travel Committee, and is an active chapter bike and ski leader.
Jim Hutchinson got hooked on XC and backcountry skiing doing day trips in the foothills of the Tetons in Jackson Hole, as well as week-long tours to the 10th Mountain Huts in Colorado. He thinks NE is an ok place to ski as well, and he is working on becoming a leader for both Hiking/Backpacking and Skiing.