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Winter Trails Event Series to Move to a Month Long Celebration

The 21st Annual Winter Trails is changing its format to a month long celebration of learning to snowshoe and cross country ski. The event series, previously a one day event, will now span the entire month of January allowing host sites to have the ability to better customize their events. Events include trail pass, rentals and mini lesson (cross country only), and will vary site to site from free to reduced package pricing. Event details may be found at www.wintertrails.org .

“This is a very exciting time for Winter Trails”, said Reese Brown, SIA Nordic Director, “extending the event format to encompass a complete month allows our event sites to get more creative with their offerings and provide a more in depth experience to the consumer”.

With over 100 locations around the country and an estimated 11,000 new enthusiasts trying cross-country skiing and snowshoeing each year through Winter Trails, it’s a perfect way to begin building a love of snow sports. The event offers children and adults an opportunity to try snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing at venues throughout North America. Winter Trails is easy to participate in, super fun and a great activity to do with friends or family while getting some fun outdoor winter exercise.

Once people try it and have fun, it’s simple to return back to the same location. Most event sites operate daily with rentals and instructors to make sure everyone learns correctly and has a great time.

Winter Trails Day locations, hours and offerings are posted at WinterTrails.org and updated as they are announced. Venues include alpine resorts, Nordic centers, state parks, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service land. Details accompany each event’s listing on the Winter Trails website. Advanced registration is suggested, but many sites also offer on-site registration. Check the location listing for specific information as each site is a little different so listening to the staff is essential.

SnowSports Industries America (SIA), a national, non-profit trade association for snow sports suppliers, manages Winter Trails. Winter Trails sponsors and media partners include: Atlas Snowshoes, Atomic Skis, Cross Country Skier Magazine, Fischer Skis, Madshus, Mountain Safety Research (MSR), Rossignol, Salomon, SkiTrax Magazine, Snowshoe Magazine, Swix, Tubbs, Whitewoods and XCSkiresorts.com.