Learn a Snow Sport Month Debuts in January, 2009 at Resorts in 22 States Nationwide

December 18, 2008

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Twenty-two states and more than two
hundred ski and snowboard resorts are hosting learning programs during January
— Learn a Snow Sport Month. It’s the first time that this many
organizations have collaborated on the initiative. Children and adults who
want to learn a snow sport or want to improve their skills are encouraged to
take a lesson from a professional ski or snowboard instructor who is trained
to teach proper technique. A listing of participating resorts can be found at
WinterFeelsGood.com. Offers vary depending on the state and individual
resorts. Most learning programs charge a reasonable fee for lessons, lift
tickets and/or equipment for alpine ski or snowboard lessons.

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Winter Trails, a FREE learn to snowshoe or cross country ski program, is
part of Learn a Snow Sport Month. Eighty Nordic Centers, alpine resorts with
Nordic trails, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service lands will host
Winter Trails events on Saturday, January 10, 2009, while a few venues are
hosting the program on alternative dates. Equipment and basic instruction is
provided. Visit WinterTrails.org for more information.

Participating in snow sports can contribute to one’s health because they
offer opportunities to get outside in winter for exercise, according to
SnowSports Industries America (SIA), a national nonprofit trade association
for snow sports suppliers. A 110-pound student can burn nearly 300 calories
alpine skiing or snowboarding and nearly 400 calories per hour snowshoeing or
cross country skiing. Alpine skiing and snowboarding are considered anaerobic
activities, while snowshoeing and cross country skiing are aerobic, with an
ability to increase heart rates due to vigorous movement.

For media information, contact Mary Jo Tarallo at (703) 506-4202 (office),
(202) 431-6950 (cell) or by e-mail at MJTarallo@snowsports.org.

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SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is a not-for-profit trade association
whereby competing on-snow product suppliers magnify their power, by working
together, for the development of the on-snow sports industry. For more
information, check out snowsports.org. SnowSports Industries America, 8377-B
Greensboro Drive, McLean, VA 22102-3587. Phone: (703) 556-9020, Fax:
(703) 821.8276, e-mail: SIAmail@snowsports.org.


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