This Saturday, January 12th, is Winter Trails Day 2013. This special day is a national event hosted at hundreds of resorts and nordic centers across the US. The purpose of the event is to introduce people to the winter sports of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Last year over 10,000 people participated in Winter Trails Day 2012. The great part about the event is that it’s free! Each site will have the experts and equipment on hand to help you get started on your new winter activity. Follow the links at www.wintertrails.org to find out all the information you need to get started.
The closest location to Frederick is Liberty Mountain Resort in nearby Carroll Valley, PA. The events at Liberty run from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm. No registration is required, although pre-registration will save time when you arrive. Liberty only offers snowshoeing, no cross-country skiing. They will have 6 educational stations for you to visit as you take a walk on the snow. Check out www.libertymountainresort.com for all the details. They also have a great listing of all the fitness benefits of snowshoeing. If you want to try the cross-country skiing, you can drive a little further to the west to McHenry, MD. Wisp Resort will offer both activities on Saturday from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. You are limited to a 2-hour time to try things out. They have some fun activities like a kids snowshoe race, a cross-country skiing scavenger hunt, and a bonfire. For all the specifics on the day head to www.wispresort.com.
Some quick facts before you head out for your first experience: Anyone can snowshoe. There is no fancy equipment or techniques to learn, you can start immediately. You burn 45% more calories snowshoeing than walking or running at the same speed, 46% of snowshoers are women, 12% are ages 7-17, 55% are under 45 years old, and over 1.4 million participate in the activity annually in the US. It is a peaceful and serene activity- perfect for the mind, body and soul!
If you always wanted to find a fun winter activity that the whole family could do, this is it (and generally no ski lifts). All ages can participate and it’s a great workout. It could also be the start to a great Christmas idea for 2013. New, or slightly used, equipment and gear can be picked up fairly cheap at an end of season sale or swap this spring. You can plan now for some travel or outings in winter 2013. Think of the smiles when the gifts are unwrapped and everyone has a ticket to or a coupon for a family winter fun weekend with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing!