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Things to do on a weekend - Try snowshoeing for free

Saturday is Winter Trails Day, when more than 100 U.S. locales with good snow and great hikes welcome all ages to experience snowshoeing, for free. Sugar Mountain Resort in Avery County is participating for the 17th year. It will provide snowshoe rental and guided tour at no charge. All that's required is interest, motivation and warm layers.

Sugar Mountain snowshoeingThe event offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing for free.

“It is a national effort to get people outdoors in winter with something that’s easy to do and not expensive,” said Kim Jochl, marketing director at Sugar Mountain.

It’s so inexpensive, in fact, that the snowshoe tours are free. Usually, tours are $20 per person, so this is a great deal for the family.

The tours last 45 minutes, starting every hour between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.. and will be tailored to suit the energy level of the group, Jochl said, from those who want to head straight up a ski slope to those who wish to stay on relatively level ground.

The Asheville Citizen-Times calls the event an "Asheville Area Adventure of the Week." Yet it's just one of many potential daily adventures available to those living the dream in the High Country of North Carolina.