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Snowshoe for free at festival

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Norden – Anyone who wants to try out snowshoes and enjoy a fun day in the snow should check out Winter Trails 2001, a free snowshoe festival planned in the Sierra Nevada in January.

Winter Trails 2001 on Jan. 13 is a national festival being held at sites around the country to introduce people to the fun and easy way to hike in the snow.

The Northern California site is Eagle Mountain Resort, just off Interstate 80 at the Yuba Gap exit. The festival is being sponsored by the Sierra Club’s Mother Lode chapter, based in Sacramento.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., individual, couples and families will be able to try a range of activities, all free. Experienced snowshoers will take you on guided snowshoe hikes. The kids can enjoy some fun games and try out children’s snowshoe models.

Program partners include snowshoe companies Atlas Snow-Shoe, Crescent Moon Snowshoes, Tubbs Snowshoes, Redfeather, Little Bear and Yuba Shoes. Other companies are American Hiking Society, Snowlink.com, Mountain Safety Research, Kamik Boots, Moonstone Mountain Equipment, Grabber Warmers, Backpacker magazine, REI, the National Sports Network and EMS.

For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.wintertrails.org, contact Bern Kreissman at 753-7788 or at bkreissman@ucdavis.edu, or Dave Roberts at (916) 441-6066 or roblands@home.com


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