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Saturday’s scene: Celebrate Winter Trails Day

2013/01/04by Donna Hull


Celebrate Winter Trails Day at Lolo Pass

Celebrate Winter Trails Day with free snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on January 10, 2015, at many locations throughout the United States. The event includes free use of equipment at almost 100 Nordic Centers and resorts nationwide. If you’re a boomer hiker, there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy these two winter activities. They all take place on a quiet trail in the wilderness and offer a nature experience that you won’t soon forget. Alan and I had a blast learning to snowshoe at Hidden Meadow Ranch in Greer, Arizona.

Although the snowshoeing and cross-country skiing aren’t free at Lolo Pass on the Montana/Idaho border—there’s a $5 per car fee—you’ll discover groomed, dedicated trails for both snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Plus, snowmobilers and skiers also share the use of forest roads (sorry snowshoers, to be safe, you need to stay on the trail meant for you). I’d like to say that Alan and I have tried the winter fun at Lolo Pass. Unfortunately, I suffered a back injury while on our Rhine River Christmas cruise (more about that soon) and am out of commission when it comes to active boomer travel experiences. So, over the holidays, Alan and I shared the snowshoes that we gave each other for Christmas with my daughter and her boyfriend, who took them up to Lolo Pass to give us a first-hand report. They raved about the conditions and low price of admission.

Will you be celebrating Winter Trails Day? Post a comment to tell us about your favorite U.S. destination for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. I’m parcticing my stretches and taking care of my back so that Alan and I can try out our new snowshoes before the winter is over.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Just One Boomer (Suzanne)
January 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

I’d love to try cross country skiing. Too bad I didn’t know that when I attended college in the Berkshire Mountains in northwestern Massachusetts in the early 1970’s. Now, I live in Philadelphia, PA and there’s no snow in the ground around here :(
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Donna Hull
January 8, 2013 at 6:22 am

You had all those cross-country skiing opportunities during college and didn’t take advantage of it? What a shame. Of course, I didn’t realize that I was such an outdoor/nature girl (well, except for the camping), until my fifties. Oh the the things we learn about ourselves as we grow older.


Laurel January 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I’ve never heard of Winter Trails Day, but I love the idea of it. I’m an avid winter hiker/snowshoer and it’s great to have something to encourage more people to get outdoors and get moving.
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Donna Hull
January 8, 2013 at 6:23 am

Laurel, where is your favorite place to snowshoe? It’s one of the most budget-friendly winter recreation opportunities around.


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