The 2009 Winter Trails event leads children and adults on a path to snowshoeing and/or cross-country skiing free at more than 100 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Now, 14 years strong, entire families or groups of friends, regardless of age, can get outside in the winter and enjoy a day on snow. That day this year is Jan.10.

The size and scope of Winter Trails events vary from location to location but they all provide the necessary equipment and assistance to get you started. Many places include short nature hikes and other activities. Although 80 Nordic centers, alpine resorts with Nordic trails, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service lands will host admission, equipment, and basic instruction the day is run by a local organization or business.

Listed below are the Winter Trails events for Utah:

Mountain Dell Golf Course: 10 a.m.-3 p.m, I-80 east of Salt Lake City at exit 13. If you are a beginner or first timer on snow, come join the staff of REI, the cross-country ski experts from the Utah Nordic Alliance and the knowledgeable guides from Cottonwood Canyons Foundation.

Come try out the latest gear if you already know how to ski or snowshoe. Demo equipment will be provided at no charge by local retailer Wild Rose, plus the top brands in the snow sports industry. Activities include hour-long snowshoe interpretive tours, 40-minute introductory classes to cross-country skiing and beginning skate ski lessons. Participants must be at least 10 years of age and in good physical health. Any participants under the age of 18 must have a parent/legal guardian present. Sorry, dogs or other pets are not permitted by law. Call (801) 486-2100 for more information.

Soldier Hollow: 12:30-4 p.m. - 2002 Soldier Hollow Lane, Midway. Named one of the top four Nordic ski resorts in America by Outside Magazine, the premier cross-country facility will be offering free trail passes, equipment, and mini lessons to all first-time skiers. You will have the opportunity to ski on 33 kilometers of groomed trails on cross-country skis or snowshoeing on marked and mapped trails that are gentle and exhilarating. Call (435) 654-2002 for more information.