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Free snowshoeing & cross-country skiing Saturday

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During the annual Winter Trails day this Saturday, all ages can try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing free at dozens of venues throughout North America. Here in Colorado you can try these sports at Devil's Thumb Ranch, Keystone Nordic Center and Echo Lake.

Devil's Thumb Ranch is putting on Winter Trails Learn to Ski Day and Colorado Free Kids Day -- free group lesson, equipment and trail pass for any child 12 and under.

Keystone Nordic Center is offering a free Snowshoe Eco Hike.

REI is sponsoring the event at Echo Lake State Park.

The Estes Park Winter Festival, January 15, is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children, guided hikes, snow activities, outdoor gear displays and free giveaways.

Visit Winter Trails Day and click on Find a Site for specific details and times for the various events. The site is loaded with information about downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. You'll find articles on everything from safety to what to wear and gear.

All of these locations are within easy driving distance of Denver, so head out and start enjoying winter in the outdoors.

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