[R157R, Grand Targhee] once again has lined up its Winter Trails Day events to draw people new to snow sports in to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The event is scheduled for Jan. 10, and it's free. "We enjoy doing it," Mark Hanson, Ski and Snowboard School Director told Onthensnow.com. "We've been participating for years. The whole goal is to get people playing outdoors."

Newcomers to snow sports have the option of just picking up the gear and trying it out on their own, or jumping into a clinic for a bit of instruction. Trail passes, rental gear, and clinics are all free for the day.

Those interested in learning to Nordic ski can rent Atomic classic skis from the Grand Targhee Rental Shop and try the Hamster Loop on their own. They can also join a 90-minute lesson at 1:30 p.m. taught by Hanson's professional Nordic instructors. The lesson will introduce them to using the equipment and practice a few basic skills.

Targhee's 15 kilometers of buffed-out Nordic trails provide more loops for skiers to explore when they feel ready. "The trails are groomed and extremely scenic," added Hanson.

Those looking to try snowshoeing should pick up their equipment from the Activities Center. The 1:30 p.m. lesson, however, is more of guided tour, with a quick introduction to the gear and tips given en route for climbing hills.

Both cross-country and snow gear is limited by availability. Guarantee gear by calling the Targhee Ski and Snowboard School at (307) 353-2300, ext. 1352.

"We had a pretty good turnout last year," said Hanson. "We're hoping for a huge turnout this year. The more the merrier."