Winter Trails celebrates its 15th year on Jan. 9, 2010 at locations throughout the U.S. Organizers have made registration easy with an online service, at WinterTrails.org, that allows participants to sign up for their preferred location before arriving at a selected event. Those who register online can win some great prizes from sponsors.
The program offers children and adults, new to snow sports, a chance to try snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing FREE at venues throughout North America. There is no charge for the use of equipment and trails. Most locations offer snowshoeing AND cross country skiing. Some locations only offer snowshoeing. Current alpine skiers and/or snowboarders are also encouraged to participate.
Event locations, hours and offerings are posted at WinterTrails.org, 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. Registration is also available onsite at each location.
Winter Trails is part of Learn a Snow Sport Month, set for the entire month of January 2010. Learn a Snow Sport Month is a public awareness initiative organized by numerous snow sports organizations to encourage participation in alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Information about other snow sports learning programs will be listed in November 2009 at WinterFeelsGood.com and individual programs can be accessed via LearnaSnowSport.org.
SnowSports Industries America (SIA) manages Winter Trails in partnership with the American Hiking Society (AHS) and the Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA). Winter Trails sponsors and media partners include: Atlas, Backpacker Magazine, Columbia, Cross Country Skier Magazine, Grabber, Kahtoola, Leki, MSR, Rossignol, SkiTrax, Snowshoe Magazine, Tubbs, Whitewoods, WinterKids.com and XCSkiresorts.com.