Learn to Snowshoe or X-C Ski on Winter Trail Days, January 8

The 16th annual Winter Trails Day will be held Saturday, January 8, 2011, at resorts and nordic centers across the United States.

Winter Trails Day offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for free. The annual event involves almost 100 resorts and nordic centers nationwide, and gets 11,000 kids and adults on the snow each year.

Winter Trails programs and activities vary in size and scope, as each venue chooses a program that will introduce these sports to their communities.

Eight large anchor site events will be held January 8 at:

  • Echo Lake – Colorado
  • Fort Snelling State Park - Minnesota
  • Kirkwood - California
  • Liberty Mountain - Pennsylvania
  • Mountaineers Snoqualmie Campus – Washington
  • Soldier Hollow – Utah
  • Weston Ski Track – Massachusetts
  • White River Snow Park – Oregon   

An additional Winter Trails Day event will be held Saturday, January 15, in Estes Park, Colo.

In addition to anchor events, many affiliate events, which tend to be smaller in size and are run by a local organization or business, will be held nationwide on January 8.

Locate a Winter Trails site by state.

Most Winter Trails events are located at nordic centers or on public lands operated by the U.S. Forest Service or the National Parks Service. Many locations offer education programs and trail tours. Equipment and trail fees are free.

If you have questions about the location nearest you or if you have a group you wish to bring, please contact the venue directly for details.

For information about Winter Trails visit www.wintertrails.org

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