This week's unseasonably warm temperatures haven't ruined anything planned for this Sunday's fun-in-the-snow, family event at Ward Reservation in Andover.

It will take a lot more than a few balmy-by-comparison days to melt Andover's 25-inch base of snow, said Adam Rollfs of the Andover Trails Committee. So, for the fourth year, the Winter Fun Day event will return.

This year offers the most snow for local winter-sports enthusiasts so far.

"This year, I think everyone has snow on their mind," chuckled Rollfs. "So, bring your gear and have some fun."

Rollfs said 100 to 150 people turned out last year. Participants can bring sleds, snowshoes or cross country skiis. Limited instruction for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing will be available, along with short to medium length guided hikes to different destinations on the reservation off Route 125. Hikers will leave from the big barn on the reservation, periodically throughout the afternoon.

If you always have wanted to try cross-country skiing but don't have the gear, check out Moor & Mountain of Andover. Located in Dundee Park, staffers will rent cross-country skis for the event (call 978-475-3665 for rentals).

"We'll have a warming fire throughout the afternoon," Rollfs said. "That's always a favorite for people...they can meet people and talk."

And what kid doesn't enjoy cooking marshmallows over an open flame?

"We'll have lots of s'mores and hotdogs," he said.

The event is hosted by The Trustees of Reservations and Ward Reservation Property Committee, in partnership with the Andover Trails Committee, Friends of North Andover Trails and Moor & Mountain of Andover.


Free Winter Fun Day

Sunday, Feb. 20, noon-3 p.m.

Ward Reservation, Andover

Hikes, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, refreshments, warming fire

Parking at the reservation entrance on Prospect Road, off Route 125

More info: 978-682-3580,

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