Learn to Cross County Ski for Free in Vermont during Winter Trails Day
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Vermont will participate in the 19th annual Winter Trails Day on January 11, 2014 by offering children and adults an opportunity to try cross country skiing and/or snowshoeing free at a variety of sites. Endorsed by Ski Vermont and the Governor’s Council, Winter Trails is an easy and fun way to get outside for winter exercise with friends and family. Olympic Nordic skier and Vermonter Andy Newell also supports the Winter Trails initiative.
“Winter Trails events are designed to be simple and fun while introducing people to new winter activities,” said Reese Brown, director of the Winter Trails program. “Our goal is to get people excited about getting outside in the winter. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing appeals to a very diverse group and Winter Trails makes it simple and free to try.”
Vermont locations will offer Nordic skiing and snowshoeing free to beginners on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The inventory of snowshoes, skis and lesson space is limited and details vary. Find participating ski areas and details at http://www.snowlink.com/wintertrails/findasite.aspx.
Winter Trails Day sites in Vermont:
- Blueberry Hill Inn – Goshen, VT
- Blueberry Lake - Warren, VT
- Bolton Valley Nordic Center - Bolton Valley, VT
- Craftsbury Outdoor Center – Craftsbury Common, VT
- Jay Peak Nordic and Snowshoe Center – Jay, VT
- Mountain Top Inn & Resort Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center – Chittenden, VT
- Ole's Cross Country Ski Center – Waitsfield, VT
- Rikert Nordic Center – Ripton, VT
- Smugglers' Notch Resort Nordic Ski and Snowboard Center – Smugglers’ Notch, VT
- Strafford Nordic Center – Strafford, VT
- Woodstock Nordic Center – Woodstock, VT
Vermont will also host adaptive nordic ski lessons courtesy of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, and Rikert Nordic Center. A collection of adaptive sit-skis paired with trained instructors will be available at Rikert Nordic Center throughout the day. Space and equipment is limited so reservations are preferred. Please call NDAA at 802-862-NDAA (6322) or the Rikert Nordic Center at 802-443-2744 for details and to register.
“It’s beneficial for Vermonters’ health and overall well-being to be physically active year-round and Vermont is a prime winter playground for residents and visitors who aim to learn a snowsport,” Vermont Dept. of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith said. “Also, as a parent and former fitness instructor, I’m delighted that the Council encourages residents of all ages to take advantage of our state’s outdoor opportunities for fun and fitness.”
January is also Learn to Ski and Snowboard month and Vermont offers $29 packages that include a beginner lift ticket, professional lesson and rentals. More information and links to purchase are available at skivermont.com/learn
Introduce a new person to cross country skiing during Winter Trails Day or anytime this season and you can participate in Ski Vermont’s Bring a Friend challenge. Post a photo and tell your story on any of our social media forums, like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag it #BringAFriendVT to be entered to win a 2 night ski and stay package next season. Or join the national competition at bringafriend.org
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