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Winter Continues…

Posted on 21 March 2014 // by reese

It may technically be spring, but Winter continues with recent snows in many parts of the country and the forecast for more still to come.  There is not much we can do about the weather, but we certainly can enjoy the snow.  Sunny and warm days are a great time to get out and exercise and if there is snow on the ground, that means snowshoeing and cross country skiing.   If you have not tried it yet, now is the perfect time to.

Visit the Winter Trails listings to find a location near you.  Be sure to call ahead and make sure they are still operating.


Winter Trails Day 2014 Draws Strong Turnout for Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

Posted on 16 January 2014 // by reese

Winter Trails Day 2014 Draws Strong Turnout for Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing
Free learn to snowshoe/cross country ski demo day held at 100 locations

WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2014) – The 19th annual Winter Trails Day experienced a strong turnout at recurring locations. With good early snow in many locations and pent up demand from two previous weak winters, snow sport newcomers were very excited for this year’s Winter Trails.

Despite the cancelation of events due to weather-related happenings, several sites saw large turnouts, some with record attendance. “The nice weather and lots of snow combined with a lot of great media attention made this a record year for us”, said Mikaela Swanlund, organizer of the Fort Snelling State Park event in Minneapolis.

Events were canceled in the Pacific North West and California due to low or no snow and in the Mid Atlantic and New England region due to terrible icing followed by driving rain. “It was a tough year due to weather issues forcing many cancelations,” stated Reese Brown, Winter Trails administrator. “We did see many bright pockets with some regular occurring events showing attendance increases of 20 to 30 percent.”

Response from attendees around the country was very positive, not only on the event experience, but also on the sports themselves. “The instructors were great. I learned how to cross country ski!” said an attendee at the Soldier Hollow, Utah event. This sentiment was echoed in many regions as those new to snow sports tried cross country skiing or snowshoeing.

Final participation numbers are still being tallied, but it appears the program received positive attendance gains in areas not adversely affected by weather. Winter Trails continues to fill a need of enticing families and individuals to try snow sports.

Each year, Winter Trails is held in early January and offers children and adults an opportunity to try either or both activities free at participating locations throughout the U.S. Venues are posted at WinterTrails.org. There are still a few events schedule later in the winter season.

SnowSports Industries America (SIA), a national, non-profit trade association for snow sports suppliers, manages Winter Trails. Winter Trails sponsors and media partners include: Atlas Snowshoes, Atomic Skis, Cross Country Skier Magazine, Fischer Skis, Madshus, Mountain Safety Research (MSR), Rossignol, Salomon, SkiTrax Magazine, Snowshoe Magazine, Swix, Tubbs, Whitewoods and XCSkiresorts.com.


Weather Wreaks Havoc For Certain Events

Posted on 8 January 2014 // by reese

While most of the country is under snow and bitter cold, parts of the Pacific North West, California and Northern New England are dealing with canceled Winter Trails events due to light or no snow.

“There are always weather related issues leading up to the Winter Trails events, so this year is really no different”, stated Reese Brown, Administrator of the program.

Please confirm your event is on as scheduled, specifically those in the above mentioned regions.  We hope you have a great time learning a new snow activity.


3 Winter Trails Events Canceled Due to Low Snow

Posted on 7 January 2014 // by reese

If you are attending an event in the Pacific North West please check with the event site to confirm any changes.  Event sites in WA, OR and Tahoe have experienced very low snow and the following events have reluctantly been cancelled due to low snow:

·         Mountaineers – WA

·         White River Sno Park – OR

·         Tahoe Donner – CA

All other events are on as scheduled.  Have a great time!


White River Sno-Park Event Cancelled due to No Snow

Posted on 4 January 2014 // by reese

 

Winter Trails at White River West Sno-Park is CANCELLED. The parking lot is bare and the venue has a severe lack of snow. “Snowshoeing” would require a trek to get to the snow and then traveling in the shadows of trees on patches of snow. Sadly, the forecast over the next week looks like Mother Nature will not help our cause.


Snowshoeing, the Great Winter Equalizer

Posted on 6 December 2013 // by reese

Here is the a great article from the Idaho Stateman.  The lead off line is “One of the easiest ways to explore snow country is on shoes built for the job”, so true.  Read the complete article here, it has great info on getting started, equipment selection and how to dress.  Then, get out there and do it!

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2013/12/05/3140354/snowshoes-are-the-great-winter.html#storylink=c

Ski Industry Implements Changes to the West Yellowstone Demo

Posted on 13 November 2013 // by reese

Skiers attending this year’s West Yellowstone Ski Festival will have a better opportunity to demo the industry’s newest skis and boots. Each brand has moved to an indoor demo that’s been incorporated into the Expo, allowing more time to work with each brand’s staff in order to test the appropriate gear. Rick Halling of Fischer says, “Moving the demo indoors will eliminate the challenges of dealing with inclement weather while fitting boots or discussing the nuances of each product. This indoor demo will give us a better environment and allow us more time to ensure we get each skier on the right gear.”

Festival organizers are helping facilitate the demo by allowing additional hours to access the Expo room.

A general overview of the new demo program is outlined below:

  • Demo equipment will be available for pick-up the evening before you plan to test it.
  • Equipment testing will take place during the morning workout with returns before lunch.
  • New this year, the Expo room will be open from 11:30am-1:00pm for gear return. Brands will then prepare gear in the afternoon for the next day’s use. Depending on the flow of equipment, some gear may be available for pick-up during this time for use in the afternoon.
  • Each brand will have their own specific guidelines to demo equipment

Find additional information on the West Yellowstone Ski Festival here: http://www.yellowstoneskifestival.com .


100 Days Out – Road to Sochi Kicks of Today

Posted on 29 October 2013 // by reese

The USOC Road to Sochi Tour kicks off today at Times Square in NYC.  Lots of athletes and Olympic excitement.  Will you be there?

Photo: We're celebrating 100 days left until the Sochi 2014 Winter Games TOMORROW! If you're in the area, come out and join us in Times Square NYC.</p>
<p>Exciting announcements starting first thing in the morning including the chance for you to win a front row seat to the main event.


Fall is Here

Posted on 15 September 2013 // by reese

 

Fall is here!  Judging by outdoor temps in many places around the US this morning, a change is coming.

Is this the year you try snowshoeing or cross country skiing?  Could be you say?  Did you know that there are many events this winter to introduce you and your family to both snowshoeing and cross country skiing?  Visit Winter Trails to learn about free events in your area and Snowlink Cross County and Snowshoeing for additional information.

This is going to be a great winter!


NYC Snowdown

Posted on 15 July 2013 // by reese

Winter Trails is heading to the SIA Snowdown on July 17 with Andy Newell, US Ski Team member.  We will be meeting with media in  New York promoting cross country skiing, Winter Trails and Andy Newell.  Should be lots of fun.