Winter Trails 2010 takes place at more than 82 locations across the U.S., where children and adults can try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing free. Each Winter Trails event is run by a local organization or business.

People interested in taking part should contact the event host directly.

Winter Trails, now in its 15th year, offers entire families or groups of friends, regardless of age, an opportunity to get outside in the winter and enjoy a day on snow. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing provide exercise and a chance to enjoy nature, at minimal cost and modest learning curve.  

The size and scope of Winter Trails events vary from location to location. All provide the necessary equipment and assistance and many include short nature hikes and other activities. Most offer both snowshoeing and cross country skiing but a few offer one or the other.

Weston Ski Track in Weston, Mass., is a Winter Trails Anchor Site. Others in the region include Massachusetts: Canterbury Farm Cross Country Ski Center, Northfield Mountain, and Stump Sprouts; Maine: Carter's XC Ski Center, Rangeley Lakes Trails Center; New Hampshire: Gunstock Cross Country and Snowshoe Center, White Mountain Exploration at Tenney Mountain; New York: Ellicott Creek Park, Golden Hill State Park, Joseph Davis State park, Knox Farm State Park, Salmon Hills Outdoor Adventure Center, Taconic Outdoor Education Center, WinterFest at Hasbrouck Park; Vermont:  Blueberry Lake, Bolton Valley Nordic Center, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Hazen's Notch Association, Mountain Top Inn & Resort Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center, Ole's Cross Country Ski Center, Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center, Smugglers Notch Resort. There are others.

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