News Release - Get Your Big Foot On with the Shuswap Trail Alliance

News Release
December 18, 2011


Get Your Big Foot On with the Shuswap Trail Alliance

The Shuswap, British Columbia – Mysterious tracks are appearing around the Shuswap this winter. Giant duck? Yeti? Watch out. The Shuswap Trail Alliance JCP Winter Trails team is working hard with regional partners to raise the profile of winter trail use. They’re brushing and blazing to make locating trails in the snow easier, and will host a Get Your Big Foot On snowshoe series starting this January.

“We’re excited to be supporting Shuswap Trails in the winter this year,” says Sicamous field office coordinator, Lori Schneider Wood. “We’re blessed with an incredible team of people – both in office and out in the field – it’s amazing what they’re getting done.” Skookum Cycle and Ski and Atlas Snowshoes are sponsoring the program with equipment support and blazing donations.

Winter trails can be found at most of our region’s classic trail locations, including the Larch Hills Nordic centre, the Rubberhead Trail System, the Sicamous Switchbacks, Eagle River Nature Trails, Enderby Cliffs, the Blind Bay White Lake Trails, Reinecker Creek, Skimikin Lake, and Skamana Lake. For trails where snow pack is low or things are packed and icy, poles and ice cleats are recommended. And remember: snowshoers and hikers stay off Nordic ski trails, and watch for skiers when crossing tracks.

Get Your Big Foot On snowshoe treks will launch in January, including a half day exploration of the Larch Hills Nordic snowshoe trails in partnership with the Unplugged and Play Literacy Week Events on Saturday afternoon, January 28th. Programs will include orientation for beginners and etiquette. For snowshoe rentals, contact Skookum Cycle and Ski, and John’s Ski Shack.

Visit www.shuswaptrails.com or the Shuswap Trail Alliance FaceBook page for details, or call 250-832-0102. The JCP Winter Trails project is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement.

To find out more about Shuswap Trails throughout the region, visit www.shuswaptrails.com. And be sure to “Like” the Shuswap Trails Facebook page. 1000 likes by Feb 3rd trigger entry for hot prizes.

Photo caption: Get Your Big Foot On – (left to right) Field Coordinator, Kevin Clarkson, Lissa Sjodin, and Thom Wescott of the Shuswap Trail Alliance’s JCP Winter Trails Team get their big foot on with local trails advocate, John Coffey (right), on the Rubberhead Trail System east of Salmon Arm. The Winter Trails Team has been blazing regional trails to encourage snowshoers and hikers to discover Shuswap Trails in the winter. The Shuswap Trail Alliance will host a guided snowshoe series starting in January. Visit www.shuswaptrails.com or the Shuswap Trail Alliance FaceBook page for details. The JCP Winter Trails project is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement.

For further background on this release, please contact:

Phil McIntyre-Paul (Project Coordinator)
for the Shuswap Trail Alliance
250-804-1964
  phil@shuswaptrails.com