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Winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the Berkshires - crystal clear air, bright sunny days and crisp, white, fresh layers of snow. This is a spectacular time of the year to get out into the woods on our gorgeous property, learning to cross-country ski, taking an amazing snowshoe hike through the woods, spending time ice skating on our pond or tubing on our hill. We even run our Alpine Tower through the winter, as well as our low ropes challenge course and our Indoor Climbing Wall! What a great place to spend a few days in January or February.

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The middle of the school year - break it up with a few days together as a grade or class in a new setting.

Typically, schools visit during the winter for 2, 3 or 4 day trips. We take students on snowshoe nature hikes, learning about the woods in winter, finding animal tracks in the snow and discussing the winter life-cycle. We take students on cross-country ski adventures on our ski trails throughout our 1,400 acres of conservation lands. Through exploring, we may find otter slides, porcupine tracks, beaver lodges and all kinds of evidence of the animals that live here, if not the animals themselves!

Snow doesn't stop our leadership development programs! Students will work together to overcome team challenges on our low ropes course. We also run series of teambuilding exercises to teach students to work together cohesively, and to communicate better with one another. Additionally, our Alpine Tower and Indoor Climbing Wall are available for a high ropes experience. Learn more about School Programs

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Similar to our school programs, youth retreats are an opportunity for youth to get together in a new setting, work together through our teambuilding programs and challenge courses, climb on our Indoor Climbing Wall and Alpine Tower, skate on our ponds, learn to cross country ski, explore our woods on snowshoes and learn something new about the local environment. Learn more about Youth Group Programs

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Family gatherings are important - whether they are reunions, parties or just to spend time with one another. Winter is a great time for this - relaxing by the fire drinking hot chocolate while the kids are out doing active, healthy activities with our professional staff. Or go along with them and explore the magical world of the outdoors in winter. All activities are available. Learn more about Family Programs

Lodging, Meals and Hot Chocolate

No winter experience is complete without coming home to a warm lodge, drinking hot chocolate and sitting by an open fire.

Of course, we also serve three meals a day, and accommodate for vegetarians and allergy diets. Our meals always include a salad bar [yoghurt and fruit breakfast bar at breakfast] and a dessert.

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