Expanded Format for 2017
Instead of being just a one-day event for children and adults new to snowsports to try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for free, it has now become a month-long series of events. January 2017 is now Winter Trail's month, which provides a chance to discover the great fitness and social benefits of these easy-to-learn winter sports. There are no trail or equipment fees for participants of Winter Trails Days.
Winter Trails is a collection of events at more than 100 locations around the country that promotes snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. It draws more than 11,000 children and adults to try these activities every year. The events are broken down into two categories: Anchor Sites and Affiliate Sites.
The Anchor Sites generally host larger events that take place at select locations around the country. They are supported by many of the equipment suppliers who bring demo equipment for attendees to try during the course of the day. The event staff will help you put on the gear and give you a few tips to help you on your way to discovering the fitness and social benefits of this easy-to-learn winter sport.
If you already know how to snowshoe or cross-country ski, Winter Trails events are great opportunities to test the different models of snowshoes and skis with knowledgeable reps and staff who can help you to make sound buying decisions at your local retailer.
The 2017 Anchor Sites are at the following locations: n ADK Winterfest, Lake Placid, N.Y. - Jan. 7, 2017 n Estes Park, Colo. - Jan. 14, 2017 n Fort Snelling State Park, Minn. - Jan. 21, 2017 n Weston, Mass. - Jan. 7, 2017
Winter Trails programs and activities vary in size and scope, as each venue chooses a program that will introduce these sports to its community. Affiliate Sites have smaller events run entirely by the local resort or event host. These are generally more intimate events. There are approximately 100 of these events across the country.
(far left) Winter Trails offer a great opportunity to try out new equipment and perhaps a new sport.
(above) Discover a few tips to help you on your way to discovering the fitness and social benefits of winter sports.
(left) More than 11,000 children and adults try these activities each year.