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Winter hiking festival kicks off in Waterbury

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WATERBURY CENTER, Vt. -

When it's as cold as it has been out there lately, it's tempting to stay indoors and curl up under a blanket all day.

But if you don't want to miss out on what nature has to offer during winter, you can learn more about winter hiking at the Green Mountain Club's 18th Annual Winter Trails Festival. To introduce people to winter hiking, there will be equipment demos, nature walks, dog sledding demos, and food.

Kids will enjoy snowflake making, face painting, and a scavenger hunt. The club says it's a perfect way for people to check out a fast-growing winter sport.

"It's something we've always enjoyed, and we really encourage people to get away from cabin fever, embrace winter, enjoy it, and if you develop these skill sets, you develop the comfort level to do it safely, it just opens up a whole new world," says Pete Antos-Ketcham with the Green Mountain Club.

That starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. at their visitor center in Waterbury Center.

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