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Free snowshoe and Nordic events on tap

JOSH SALERNOsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – Sometimes the best things in life are free. That’s the case for the upcoming Winter Trails snowshoe and cross country events. “The series is dedicated to getting people out and moving in wintertime via snowshoes and cross country skies,” Winter Trails spokesperson Jessica White said. “Participants can have fun and discover the health benefits of snow sports. That’s our initiative; to send a really good health message and get people involved.”The 13th annual nationwide event offers children and adults new to snow sports the opportunity to learn the two outdoor activities. The upcoming series, which will hold 100 events nationwide and seven in Colorado, scheduled three stops in Summit County. The Breckenridge, Frisco and Keystone Nordic Centers will each host events.

Winter Trails was formed through a partnership between SnowSports Industries America, American Hiking Society and the Cross Country Ski Areas Association.Breck will host the series on Saturday, while Frisco and Keystone will host events on Saturday, Jan. 12.Frisco and Keystone were orginally the only two stops on the tour, but Breck and Frisco Nordic center program director Therese Dayton said she had to open another date in Breckenridge to accommodate all the people expected to participate.”This is something we’ve been doing for years and have already received a bunch of e mails and phone calls,” Dayton said. “We decided to open up another day because we want everyone to have the opportunity to go. Jan. 12 is the official start day.”

The Nordic centers will have snowshoe and cross country demos and will issue free equipment to the entrants, which can make all the difference when being introduced to the warm winter sports.”When you’re out there moving and working that hard, it becomes a warm sport,” Dayton said. “If you use faulty equipment, you can have a bad experience and not be so warm. We want everyone to have a great one.”Dayton said there’s no better place to learn and participate than the Nordic centers of Summit County.

“These areas have everything,” Dayton said. “Groomed cross country terrain and marked snowshoe courses. This is a good showcase for the centers and our area.”Frisco and Keystone are the bigger events and will have representatives from multiple sporting good companies on hand, letting participants demo the equipment. Josh Salerno can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or

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