Otter River State Forest is a 3000+ acres gem in North Central MA that sits at 1000 ft high, offering generally much colder and better snow conditions than eastern MA, yet it's only 1 hour west on Rt 2, just west of Gardner. The general terrain in flat as it's a high altitude former glacial lake and source of the Miller's River; most of the trails are former dirt roads or rail bed. The adjacent larger dirt roads are groomed for snowmobiling, but we will stay on the smaller trails/roads.
Come join Mike on a tour through this very interesting area off of our our normal beaten path. Though the terrain is very mellow, we rate this trip as firmly requiring intermediate nordic BC skills, since we should be expected to break trail. Depending upon the group and conditions we will ski about 6-10 miles in the 5 hours we will be out on the trails and on our own, so bring your lunch at least 1 liter fluids and a spare jacket to keep you warm during stops. Given the ungroomed nature of some of the trails we will explore, wider 55-70mm skis are required. Skiers with waxless skis should have some maxi glide or other liquid/gel wax and a scraper to avoid icing conditions. An email or phone exchange with the leader is required for this trip due to it's semi-remote nature in addition to registering via the AMC Website. 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.