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January 6, 2012 > Start your year with free classes at REI

Start your year with free classes at REI

Submitted By Polly Bolling

Get the most out of the winter sport season with free classes presented by REI. All listings are free and open to the public, and held at REI Fremont (43962 Fremont Boulevard, near Auto Mall Parkway).

Snowshoeing Basics:
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 10
Get ready for winter fun! Join REI snow sports specialist Joe Schaffer for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. Joe will show you how to select appropriate gear and give you tips on where to go snowshoeing in your area. If you've ever thought about getting into snowshoeing, this is a great introduction to the sport!

Winter Backcountry Travel-Safety & Survival Tips:
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 24
How do you get ready for a day out in the snow-by stuffing a jacket and water bottle into your pack as you head out the door? If so, you may be putting your own life, and the lives of others, in unnecessary danger. Tonight, Mariano Caunday, Pinecrest Nordic Ski Patrol Mountaineering Instructor and Senior Search and Rescue Member of Alameda County Sheriff's Office, will teach you how to best prepare for the potential hazards of winter backcountry travel. You'll find out the latest on accident prevention techniques, rescue fundamentals, and how to increase your chances of survival, should you get lost or find yourself facing other unexpected emergencies, in the winter wilderness. Whether you're heading out for the day or overnight-on snowshoes, skis, or snowboard-come learn about the gear, skills, and knowledge essential for safe winter travel.

Learn How to Tune & Wax Your Skis/Snowboard:
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 31
Easy turns, better grip, smooth glide-these are just a few of the benefits you'll experience, when your skis/snowboard are properly tuned and waxed. Join REI snow sports tech Scott Carrillo for a demonstration of the steps in the tuning process: prepping and repairing bases, filing edges, and applying wax. Learn how to tune your skis/board for optimal performance in different snow conditions. Find out what tools you'll need to set up a simple shop at home.

If you register for these free classes at, a seat will be held for you until the scheduled start time. For more information about these programs, contact the Fremont store's Customer Service Department at (510) 651-0305.

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