My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 1/4/01 (updated 12/14/02)
 by Martin Zombeck

This is one in a series of columns providing an annotated list of web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that are in a particular category: search engines, sports, music, art, entertainment, dining, movie reviews, online newspapers & magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, genealogy, gardening, etc.. Sites relevant to a particular season, e.g., gardening sites, will be listed in the spring! Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that you can access and bookmark the sites without having to type them in. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

"There are 206 bones in the human body. No need for dismay, however. The two bones in the middle ear have never been broken while skiing" - from the Skiing Dictionary.

Going skiing? Here is a list of web sites that will provide you with up-to-date ski conditions (alpine and cross-country), local weather conditions, lodging and restaurants, links to ski resorts (including fees and rental rates) and much more.

Skiing History-
This Web site is dedicated to the sport's heritage. It was created by the International Skiing History Association. The site also provides a selection of beautiful black and white images of the ski and snow country in the Western States by the outdoor photographer, Ray Atkeson (

The State of Massachusetts Vacation Site.
Rotten navigation. Move your mouse over the graphic until what you are looking for pops up.

The Official Ski Site of the New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development.
This links to the Ski New Hampshire site. The Ski NH site provides both cross-country and alpine comprehensive ski reports, weather forecasts and lodging information.

Winter in Maine - Official Web Site
Skiing, snowshoeing, x-country, snowmobiling, cultural trails (links to The Maine Art Museum Trail, Maine Music Trail, and the Maine Maritime Heritage Trail), winter festivities, and winter getaways.

Ski Vermont - Official Web Site.
Snow reports, weather, live photos (cam shots), travel planning, lodging, resort packages, upcoming events, Vermont map with resort locations.

The Weather Underground's Ski Site.
This site is part of an excellent site providing local, national, and international weather forecasts. It provides comprehensive ski reports and links to ski resort home pages and trail maps for every state and all Canadian provinces.

XC Skiing Information Center.
This site is hosted by the Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA). Cross country ski recreation and vacations. Hundreds of U.S. and Canadian cross country ski areas, nordic centers, and xc trails; snow reports; equipment; getting started; links to x-country magazines and web sites.

Ski Central.
A very good commercial site. Worldwide resorts, travel companies, trip planning, ski vacation packages, gear, lodging, and snow reports.

Wachusett Mountain Home Page.
Located in the heart of central Massachusetts - just a 3/4 hour drive from Winchester - Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is one of southern New England's most popular ski resorts. The site provides a trail map, snow conditions, webcams, rates, information on accommodations, racing, ski lessons, special events, etc..

Nashoba Valley.
The Nashoba Valley ski area is less than a 3/4 hour drive from Winchester. The site provides a trail map, snow conditions, rates, information on racing and ski lessons, special events, etc..

New England Ski Map
click here
Boston Globe map.

Previous columns with live links can be found at When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (, Martin Zombeck can be found at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist, or at the tennis courts in Winchester. E-mail: