Winter Trails Day is the day when people can try snowshoeing or cross country skiing for free at a participating location across the country. Save the date for Winter Trails Day - Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.
Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, one of the Adirondacks' prominent cross country ski resorts for more than 36 years, has new owners/operators. Kathryn and Paul Zahray, formerly of Matawan, N.J. and Lapland Lake customers for more than 17 years, have purchased the resort.
Using the simple premise that women's products need to be different from men's, some cross country (XC) ski companies went to work designing lines of women's skis and boots that incorporate various differences between the male and female physical characteristics and their interests.
The 2014-2015 Nordic Partnership Program was introduced by Garnet Hill Lodge, whereby season pass holder skiers are encouraged to visit "Partner Centers" while traveling this winter. This is one of the largest programs (12 ski areas) that gives skiers such a reciprocal discount among ski areas.
Smuggler's Notch Resort, known as a prime Vermont family destination has one of the most comprehensive mixes of snowshoe programs available this winter. There's snowshoe treks for families with young kids, and outings for adults or families with older kids who want a bit more in terms of the length of the trek, the topography covered, and the insights shared about the natural world and outdoor skills.
Ski Cubs is an educational program of the Catamount Trail Association (CTA) focused on introducing youth to cross-country skiing as a means to promote healthy lifestyles for Vermont families and communities. Ski Cubs collaborates with local organizations and schools to serve participants with limited resources and limited access to winter sports opportunities.
Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta, Canada had a late summer snowstorm in early September, and at the same time it was announced that they expected to be open for cross country (XC) skiing Oct. 18. This is a very early date for XC skiing in the northern hemisphere and they were able to do it because they have snowmaking on the trails, a legacy from the 1988 Olympics in Alberta.
California mountains suffered a terrible drought last winter with very little snow. That translated to excessively low water levels.
Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vt., has joined with Tubbs Snowshoes to offer new outdoor activities for their guests with the opening of the Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center this winter.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation in Jackson, N.H. has announced that Breanne Torrey has been named the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Torrey has been with the organization for six years and has held the positions of Head of Ski Patrol and Director of Operations.