More than 11,000 children and adults will be introduced to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on Winter Trails Day on Jan. 12.
The 18th annual event will take place at almost 100 ski resorts and nordic ski centers across the United States, helping beginners learn these relatively easy snow sports. Experts will be on hand to demonstrate the two snow sports, as well as offer tips for improving your performance.
In the Puget Sound region, The Mountaineers will hold a snowshoe-only event that day at the group’s campus at Snoqualmie Pass. Participants will have the chance to check out the latest snowshoes and other snow equipment. Short, guided snowshoe tours will give them a taste of what it’s like to hike in the winter.
Organizers encourage participants to print out and complete a registration form before arriving at the site, to help speed the registration process. They also remind people to be prepared for winter conditions and to dress in layers.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Mountaineers Snoqualmie Campus, 1390 State Route 906, Snoqualmie Pass.
Getting there: Take Exit 53 from eastbound Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass. Turn left on to main side road, go toward Summit Central Ski Area and look for the signs to Snoqualmie Pass.
Cost: There is no charge for equipment or trail fees.
Supporters: The event is organized by SnowSports Industries America, the national trade association that represents suppliers of consumer snow sports products with members in the retail, rep and resort communities. It also is supported by the Cross Country Ski Areas Association, the American Hiking Society and sponsoring snow sports companies.
Information: 206-521-6001, mountaineers.org or wintertrails.org.