Berkshire Bash! New Year's Eve Overnight Adventure


Description: Are you looking for a new, ridiculously fun way to spend your New Year's Eve? Join REI for an overnight snowsports adventure in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Day 1: Your REI instructor will pick you up at REI Framingham on New Year's Eve day and you'll venture west for an afternoon snowshoe lesson, and a sunset snowshoe tour of Notchview. From there we'll travel back to the Berkshire Lakeside Lodge to relax and eat a gourmet meal prepared by your REI guide. After dinner, we'll hang out and socialize for the evening. Day 1 culminates with a champagne (or NA beverage of your choice!) toast at midnight! Day 2: You'll wake up in 2014, enjoy breakfast prepared by your guide, and then head back to Notchview for a half-day cross-country ski lesson and tour. After that, enjoy a relaxing ride back to REI Framingham and say goodbye to your crew to go home and begin fulfilling all of those New Year's resolutions! If the snow does not cooperate, we will explore some of the many hiking opportunities in the area. You must be 21+ to register. NOTE: fees for this class are based on shared accomodations. If necessary same sex room-mates will be assigned to participants. If you are interested in a single occupancy room, there is an additional $40 fee - please contact us for availability as there are a limited number of single accommodations available. Contact REI New England Outdoor Programs for more information: / (617) 429-3088.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Learn appropriate technique to ascend, descend and break trail in snow
  • Learn local areas to take your family outside in the winter
  • Learn how to use and care for snowshoeing equipment
  • Learn basic skills for winter travel and hiking
  • Instructors will cover basics of choosing and properly fitting boots and skis, basics of skiing, including starting, stopping, ascending and descending hills as well as safely falling

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

Berkshire Bash! New Year's Eve Overnight Adventure Information

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Berkshire Bash! New Year's Eve Overnight Adventure Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Warm Gloves
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Hiking Boots
  • Warm Hat
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Water Bottle
  • Photo I.D.
  • Festive Attire - Enhance your experiance by dressing up for merriment!
  • Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather and conditions - Moisture wicking clothing that will help keep you warm and/or dry.


  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Binoculars
  • Energy Snacks
  • Personal Camera
  • Thermos with warm drinks
  • Personal Snowshoes

Gear provided by REI:

  • Transportation - From REI store to and from the trailhead / class location
  • Food - Camping food.
  • Lodging
  • Cross Country Skis, Boots & Poles
  • Park Entry Fees
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Gaiters
  • Snowshoes