Winter Trails has updated details for its nine Anchor Site locations with complete listings including educational workshops, animal tracking and a variety of fun activities. The Anchor Sites represent the larger regional events for Winter Trails Day, scheduled for Saturday, January 12th, 2013, with locations spanning the entire country from Massachusetts to Washington State. Anchor Site events offer additional winter-themed elements for a full day of activities.
- Weston, MA– Great urban location at junction of Mass Pike and Route 495 very near Boston. This is a snowshoe only Winter Trails event, but also offers cross-country skiing at the location.
- Ski Liberty, PA – Beautifully situated at a downhill ski area with all full amenities, this is a snowshoe only event.
- Fort Snelling State Park, MN – Cross-country skiing will be added to this annual snowshoe program. Other activities include geocaching, naturalist-guided hike, build a quinzee, learn about skijoring and dogsledding, keeping warm in winter, cold weather camping, and more!
- Echo Lake, CO – A true Colorado State Park and amazingly pristine environment. REI and other partners will be on site to help. This is a snowshoe only event.
- Estes Park, CO – Part of a two-day celebration of winter with many other events happening with clinics and igloo building. This is a snowshoe only event.
- Soldier Hollow, UT – Site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. After cruising the trails you can settle in at the lodge for hot cocoa by a cozy fireplace.
- Tahoe Donner, CA – New Winter Trails location with over 200 km of trails, learn cross country ski and snowshoe skills with REI Outdoor School plus family-friendly activities.
- White River Sno Park, OR – A winter wonderland for the seasoned and first time winter outdoorsman, guided tours will be available from Adventures Without Limits.
- Snoqualmie Lodge, WA – Located near Snoqualmie pass, this is a snowshoe only event with educational clinics.
Winter Trails 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. Advanced registration is suggested, but many sites also offer on-site registration. Check the location listing for specific information.
Winter Trails 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 or trails. Most locations offer snowshoeing AND cross country skiing. Some locations only offer snowshoeing. Current alpine skiers and/or snowboarders are also encouraged to try an alternative snow sport.
There is no charge for equipment or trail fees, while most events take place on the “official” Winter Trails date of January 12, 2013, some are held on alternative dates. One of the largest – at Estes Park, Colorado – is being held on January 19, 2013 and is part of the Estes Park Winter Festival. The wintertrails.org Web site is regularly updated.