We recently freshened the Winter Trial logo, what do you think? We had hoped to make it say more about what the event series is. Not sure we fully achieved that, but we do like the new look. Hope you do too.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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:
Find additional information on the West Yellowstone Ski Festival here: http://www.yellowstoneskifestival.com .
The USOC Road to Sochi Tour kicks off today at Times Square in NYC. Lots of athletes and Olympic excitement. Will you be there?
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!