Winter Trails celebrates 15 years in 2010

Winter Trails celebrates its 15th year on January 9, 2010 at locations throughout the U.S. Organizers have made registration easy with an online service, at WinterTrails.org, that allows participants to sign up for their preferred location before arriving at a selected event. Those who register online can win some great prizes from sponsors.
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MCLEAN, Va. (Oct. 28, 2009) –Winter Trails celebrates its 15th year on January 9, 2010 at locations throughout the U.S. Organizers have made registration easy with an online service, at WinterTrails.org, that allows participants to sign up for their preferred location before arriving at a selected event. Those who register online can win some great prizes from sponsors.

Winter Trails offers children and adults, new to snow sports, a chance to try snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing FREE at venues throughout North America. There is no charge for the use of equipment and trails. Most locations offer snowshoeing AND cross country skiing. Some locations only offer snowshoeing. Current alpine skiers and/or snowboarders are also encouraged to participate.

Winter Trails event locations, hours and offerings are posted at WinterTrails.org, as they are announced. Venues include alpine resorts, Nordic centers, state parks, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service land. Details accompany each event’s listing on the Winter Trails website. Registration is also available onsite at each location.

Winter Trails is part of Learn a Snow Sport Month, set for the entire month of January, 2010. Learn a Snow Sport Month is a public awareness initiative organized by numerous snow sports organizations to encourage participation in alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Information about other snow sports learning programs will be listed in November, 2009 at WinterFeelsGood.com and individual programs can be accessed via LearnaSnowSport.org.

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) manages Winter Trails in partnership with the American Hiking Society (AHS) and the Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA). Winter Trails sponsors and media partners include: Atlas, Backpacker Magazine, Columbia, Cross Country Skier Magazine, Grabber, Kahtoola, Leki, MSR, Rossignol, SkiTrax, Snowshoe Magazine, Tubbs, Whitewoods, WinterKids.com and XCSkiresorts.com.

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SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is the national not-for-profit, North American member-owned, trade association representing the snow sports industry. Established in 1954, SIA annually produces the SIA Snow Show, the largest snow sports industry trade show, on-snow demo and networking environment globally, while delivering invaluable data/research reports including the Snow Sports Market Intelligence Report, the SIA Retail Audit and Executive Market Summary. SIA also develops marketing products, services and programs helping our Members operate more efficiently and increase participation in snow sports. For more information, check out snowsports.org. SnowSports Industries America, 8377-B Greensboro Drive, McLean, VA 22102-3587. Phone: 703.556.9020, Fax: 703.821.8276, Email: SIAmail@snowsports.org.

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