If you have never been snowshoeing then it is something you need to add to your list of things to do before you die. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors during the cold winter months when many people lock themselves up indoors. The exercise, fresh air and opportunity to spend time with nature are not only good for you physically but mentally as well. People of all ages and abilities can quickly get the hang of snowshoeing and best of all it’s an affordable activity.
The main expense involved with snowshoeing is purchasing or renting snowshoes. There are places where you can check out snowshoes for free but most places charge a small rental fee. Most winter boots fit into the bindings of the snowshoes quite easily depending upon the style of boot and snowshoe. If you’re renting snowshoes then you’ll most likely find the non-traditional type available. These are made of lightweight metal, a rubber buckle binding and steel traction grabbers. This type of snowshoe is fine for packed trails as well as for venturing off the trail and into the woods if the snow isn’t too deep.
It doesn’t take long to get the hang of snowshoeing. You may start out a little wobbly as you walk with a wider stance but in no time you’ll be trekking along with ease. If you’re not breaking a new trail in deep snow then you don’t even need to be in great physical shape. It’s just exhilarating to be out in the cold fresh air exploring the winter wonderland.
Even when the mercury rests around zero on the thermometer you’ll work up a sweat while snowshoeing. It’s best to dress in layers with the layer closest to your skin a wicking material to keep the sweat away from your body. A hat and good mittens for touching the snow to prevent a tumble are essential. Water resistant pants over a pair of long johns or other base layer will help keep you dry as will a water resistant jacket on top of a polar fleece that can be removed when you get too hot. It’s always best if you can prevent breaking out in a huge sweat because it can cool your body temperature down quickly when you quit moving.
Wherever there is snow you can get outside and enjoy snowshoeing. Even if there aren’t trails to walk you can create your own and follow your tracks back to your vehicle as long as it isn’t snowing. Winter is a great season and you’ll enjoy it even more if you get outside and spend time exploring the winter woods on snowshoe.