Try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing for free on Winter Trails Day

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to learn a snow sport?

You might get encouragement from friends who are whizzes on the trails, but the thought of keeping up with them can be intimidating. Start thinking about all of the fees, and you might not get much farther than that fireside couch in the lodge.

Winter Trails Day makes it easy to follow through on those resolutions. The one-day event on January 10th lets you try out cross-country skiing or snowshoeing for free. Resorts across the US are waiving the costs for newbies–on everything from equipment rentals to trail passes. Depending on which of the 100 locations in 22 states you go to, you could also hit up mini-lessons and product demos to make the transition a bit easier.

It’s true that cross-country skiing is just like walking (but even better because you get to glide!). Give those skinny skis a whirl, and see what you think. I just might have to test-run some snowshoes, myself. See ya out on the white stuff?

Winter Trails 2007

Haven’t had a chance to break into a winter activity? Well, Winter Trails 2007 takes place 6 January (tomorrow), and it could be your kick-off to an active season.

The Winter Trails program offers anyone the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free. The event is geared toward those new to the activities, and the site tells me it’s an excellent outdoor experience for families, hikers, and youth groups. Many resorts across the United States will participate in the all-day event, and you can find out if there’s one near you via the Winter Trails 2007 event website.

Me? I love snow sports like downhill skiing and drunken tobogganing. There’s just something invigorating about waving your fist in the face of winter’s desolation… and watching the snow bunnies. Yeah, the snow bunnies have a lot to do with it.