McLEAN, Va. – Eighty cross-country ski and snowshoeing locations nationwide are promoting winter sports with a free one-day event Jan. 10 called "Winter Trails."
Nordic skis, snowshoes and other gear, along with access to trails in participating locations, will be provided free. Some sites are also offering free mini-lessons, winter festivals, contests and other types of demonstrations and activities. It's the 14th year in a row that the event, sponsored by the Virginia-based organization SnowSports Industries America, has taken place.
If you've never tried snow sports, this is a good way to check them out or introduce them to your kids. Events are being offered in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. For details, visit http://www.wintertrails.org.