Noon Hill Reservation - Medfield, MA - 1/18/09

After several inches of fluffy powder on top of a fairly sturdy base of snow, Moe and I decided to head over to Noon Hill and try our hand at skiing around. We pieced together the largest loop around the reservation as possible and made sure we went up and over Noon Hill so we could get a chance to carve some turns.

I’d say there was probably about a foot of snow on the ground which was more than enough to get around comfortably as most of their trails are well cleared and not all that rocky. I know I scratched over a rock or two in a few places, but nothing that bad.

Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
It was still snowing when we got there and were getting ready, though the storm had started to break up so as we set off, we skied through heavy, but then progressively lighter snow.

The vast majority of the trails in the reservation are fairly level with only gentle ups and downs so for the most part, our trip was a classic kind of ski. As we were there as the storm was ending, for the most part we were breaking trail too. There were other skiers there, but we seemed to be doing opposite loops so it wasn’t until almost the end that we ended up skiing back on the tracks they had already made.

Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
Before we got to Noon Hill proper, there were a few small hills that we went up and over and with all the snow, they were an easy ski. This was only Moe’s third time on cross-country skis and he did a great job all around.

Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
The top of Noon Hill was wrapped in clouds so we couldn’t see too far from the viewpoint. However everything was covered with the snow and what we could see looked nice.

Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
Noon Hill Panorama
The trip back down Noon Hill was good because the trail widens up as its an old road. It left plenty of room for a good cruising and made for an enjoyable trip back down.

Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
Noon Hill Ski Trip - 1/18/09
I think the trip was about 2 ½ miles to 3 miles in total since we tried to stretch it out as much as possible by always taking the longer route around. While it’s not skiing a major mountain or anything like that, it was a nice trip and considering it’s about 15 minutes from the house, it’s a lot more convenient than driving out to the Catskills, Berkshires or Whites.

All the photos from the trip on Flickr

Noon Hill References:
My Noon Hill Photos on Flickr
Noon Hill Reservation

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