Kirkwood anchors nationwide Winter Trails event |

Kirkwood anchors nationwide Winter Trails event

Snowstorms across the country have brought a much welcomed blanket of powdery snow to winter aficionados. Winter Trails organizers continue to ramp up for one of the most unique and widespread winter sports days of the year.

Winter Trails is a nationwide public awareness campaign that promotes the health, fitness, social aspects, and benefits of snow sports participation.

The 13th annual Winter Trails event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008 at over 100 venues across the United States. Kirkwood Mountain Resort is the anchor site for the event.

Other Tahoe area resorts participating are Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort and Granlibakken Ski Resort.

This program is part of a larger program called Winter Feels Good and is presented through a partnership among SnowSports Industries America, the American Hiking Society, and the Cross Country Ski Areas Association.

Winter Trails offers people new to winter sports an alternative way to enjoy the snow season. Instead of battling crowds, Winter Trails venues offer people a relaxed and scenic atmosphere. Many events are located on National Forest and State Park Service land in addition to Nordic Centers. California offers 5 Winter Trails events; One at Kirkwood, two in North Tahoe, one at Bear Valley and one in Southern California.

The Winter Trails Day slated for Jan. 12, 2008 at Kirkwood is the California National Winter Trails Anchor Site, where snowshoe and cross country ski reps will show off their new wares.

Winter Trails showcases cross country skiing and snowshoeing; both snow modes of transportation that are not only good for one’s heart and physical health, but great for one’s sanity.

Winter Trails gets people back to the reason why they escape to the country or the mountains for winter. It’s the time away from the energetic frenzy now found in so many lives and at many resorts that leads people to seek out the tranquil and enjoyable scenery in the hills.

“Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are wonderful because it can be just you, or you and your hiking partners in the woods, on the trail, or in your own backyard,” said snowshoeing enthusiast Jack Egan. “I can really let my mind go and enjoy the serenity of nature. The sport is also a great workout that is easy on my knees. I have been doing it for years and won’t ever outgrow it.”

Reese Brown, the Winter Trails administrator also adds cross country skiing and snowshoeing can be done practically anywhere.

“All you need is some snow, and you can strap on your shoes or skis and head out your back door,” Brown said. “The Winter Trails venues are great because they offer free demo equipment for starters, or some great guided hikes for participants already into the sport.”

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