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Saturday is Winter Trails Day: A Great Time to Try Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing

Have you ever wanted to give snowshoeing or cross-country skiing a try? Here’s your opportunity to do so for little to no cost.

This Saturday, January 12, is Winter Trails Day 2013, an annual event that involves nearly 100 resorts and Nordic centers nationwide. Event organizers—REI is one of the participants at the sites listed below—will be ready with the lessons and gear you need to get started. Last year, some 11,000 kids and adults took advantage of the event to enjoy a day of winter fun, in many cases, for free.

cross-country skiers

To participate this year, go to the Find a Site page and select your state (tip: click on the Find a Site button, not the map). Be sure to click on the location’s included link for any details or limitations specific to that location—for example, not all sites offer both activities and some may charge a trail fee. Complete the online registration form and print out a copy to take with you to the event.

Winter Trails Day locations that include an REI presence:


  • Weston Ski Track: Weston, Mass.
  • Liberty Mountain Resort: Carroll Valley, Penn. (snowshoe only)
  • Kennesaw Mountain: Kennesaw, Georgia (not on Winter Trails Day website; see REI Kennesaw store events page for details)


  • Fort Snelling State Park: St. Paul, Minn.
  • Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha, Wisc. (not on Winter Trails Day website; see REI Brookfield store events page for details)
  • Elver Park: Madison, Wisc. (snowshoe only)


  • Mountaineers Campus: Snoqualmie Pass, Wash.
  • White River West Sno-Park:  Mt. Hood, Ore.
  • Tahoe Donner Cross-Country Ski Center: Truckee, Calif.
  • Echo Lake State Park: Idaho Springs, Colo.
  • Estes Park Winter Trails: Estes Park, Colo.

Posted on at 10:00 AM

Tagged: Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, family and winter trails day

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Ethos Adventures

Wow! There are some great deals out there this weekend!!! Thanks so much for sharing Steve, this is an awesome opportunity to try something new without making a huge investment. Love it!

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