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Burn Holiday Calories Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

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Free Snowshoe/Cross Country Ski Demos on Winter Trails Day January 11, 2014


Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are great exercise options for shedding those extra pounds from overindulgences during the holidays. And the 19th annual Winter Trails day on January 11, 2014 offers children and adults an opportunity to try both activities for FREE at participating locations throughout the U.S. Check for venues in your region at

“Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are excellent aerobic activities,” said Reese Brown, director of the Winter Trails program. “They are fun to learn and appeal to the entire family. Plus, they offer a great way to keep the weight down after an overindulgent holiday.”

According to data compiled on the Fitness page on, an adult can burn up to 550 calories per hour with a moderate snowshoe pace and about 700 calories per hour with a moderate cross country pace. A youth weighing 70 pounds can burn more than 240 calories per hour snowshoeing at a moderate pace and more than 200 calories per hour cross country skiing moderately.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of the adult population in the U.S. 20 years of age and older are considered overweight or obese as are nearly one-third of children between the ages of two and 19.

Jessie Diggins, a Nordic athlete with the U.S. Ski Team, invites everyone to see for themselves the health benefits of cross country skiing. “You should come and join everyone out on the trails having fun. Learn about a healthy, really active, fun family sport. It is for all ages and all abilities. It’s a day to try it out, try equipment and take a lesson for free and get hooked on a great lifestyle.”

Participating Winter Trails Day locations provide FREE use of equipment or trails. Most locations offer snowshoeing AND cross country skiing, however, some offer only snowshoeing. Alpine skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to come out and try an alternative snow sport for the day. Register for a Winter Trails Day event near you.

Discover the lifestyle of cross country skiing with this video:

SnowSports Industries America (SIA), a national, non-profit trade association for snow sports suppliers, manages Winter Trails. Winter Trails sponsors and media partners include: Atlas Snowshoes, Cross Country Skier Magazine, Fischer Skis, Madshus, Mountain Safety Research (MSR), Rossignol, Salomon, SkiTrax Magazine, Snowshoe Magazine, Swix, Tubbs, Whitewoods and


SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is a non-profit member-owned trade association that works year-round with North American snow sports suppliers, retailers, reports, reps and service providers to develop products and programs that support their individual and collective business needs. With member support and industry participation, SIA annually hosts the industry’s largest core winter sports trade show, the SIA Snow Show, along with the On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest and the Sourcing Snow supplier show. SIA also helps retailers and resorts connect with snow sports participants around the country through Learn more at