WHAT: The Mountaineers welcomes adults and children to try snowshoeing for FREE during the 18th annual Winter Trails Day® event. Participants will discover a new way to have fun in the winter while enjoying the health and fitness benefits of snow sports. Equipment is provided free by REI, Tubbs Snowshoes, MSR Snowshoes, and Atlas Snow-Shoe Company.
WHO: The Mountaineers mission is to enrich the community by helping people explore, conserve, and learn about the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest. In partnership with the following programs it is easy to get involved in Winter Trails Day®: SnowSports Industries America (SIA); Winter Feels Good Initiative, American Hiking Society (AHS), and Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA).
WHERE: The Mountaineers Snoqualmie Campus. Directions from Seattle: Exit 53 off I-90 at the pass; turn right. At the “T” intersection, turn left (SR-906); go about 200 yards and look for the Winter Trails Day and “The Mountaineers” signs on the right. Parking only available along the road, carpooling is encouraged.
WHEN: National Event on Saturday, January 12, 2013. From 10am to 4pm.
WHY: Winter Trails Day® is a great way to learn a winter outdoor activity that is fun and easy to do with friends and family. Snowshoeing is similar to walking and has the shortest learning curve. The average person can burn 500 calories per hour by snowshoeing.
What to bring (and leave at home): Be prepared to spend your time outside in the exposed elements. Layer for warmth, include gloves and hats. Snowshoeing can be done in most hiking or winter boots with sturdy soles. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available for cash only. Please leave sleds, skis, snowboards and pets at home.