This January, cross-country ski and snowshoe enthusiasts are invited to explore Aldermere Farm’s trails and participate in guided ski or snowshoe tours. At 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 30, the first full moon of 2010, Aldermere staff will lead skiers around the farm on a moonlight cross-country ski. The full moon and luminaries will light the way. The trails are groomed and run through the large open pastures at the farm as well as wooded areas. At the end of the trail, there will be a small bonfire, hot chocolate and treats to enjoy.

Aldermere will offer guided lunchtime tours for those who prefer daytime excursions. On Thursday, Jan. 15 and Tuesday, Jan. 19 at noon, Aldermere Farm staff will lead a guided ski of the trails. On Friday, Jan. 22 at noon, there will be a guided lunchtime snowshoe trek.

Previous experience on skis is recommended, and participants should bring all their own gear. For the moonlight ski, participants should also have a headlamp or flashlight, especially for skiing through the darker wooded sections.

Reservations are required due to limited space. To register, contact Aldermere Farm at 236-2739 or jbeach@mcht.org. The tours are free but donations are appreciated. Volunteers are also needed to be guides or bring some baked goods to share; call the farm to help. All people attending the guided daytime tours or the moonlight ski tours should meet at the main barn at 20 Russell Ave. before hitting the trail. Parking is available just off the road along Russell Avenue.

For those who cannot make the guided tours, Aldermere’s trails are open to the general public during daylight hours. There are two access points to the ski trails. One is across the road from the Aldermere Farm sign near 20 Russell Ave., and the other is down the side road off Russell Avenue, across from Calderwood Lane (look for the open gate through the cattle pen). In both locations, park on the shoulder of Russell Avenue where the snow has been cleared.