Snowshoeing is an often overlooked winter recreation activity. While the skiing, snowboarding and even sledding get all the attention those in the know head out snowshoeing when the snow begins to fall. Read on for 10 reasons to go snowshoeing this winter.
1. The views
Just like hiking, the best snowshoe adventures have incredible views. Even without a vista point, just walking through a snow covered forest or meadow is an experience like no other. If you are lucky enough to find a trail with a view, it’s an amazing thing to look out over a snow covered landscape.
2. Blaze your own trail
Once snow covers the trails, you can make your own way. Want to head off route to check things out, or head the easy flat way through the valley? Go for it. The snow creates a blank canvas, letting you blaze your own trail and pick your own hike.
3. The silence
The silence found in a snow blanketed forest in incredible. The sound underfoot is likely the only sound you will hear: the crunching of the soft snow under the weight of your snowshoes.
4. Human Powered Adventure
Unlike the ski resorts’ chair lifts, partaking on a human powered adventure is rewarding in a whole new way. Partaking in an adventure powered by your own two feet, feeling the strength of your own power is a great feeling.
5. Budget Friendly
There are no lift tickets to buy, no fancy boots needed, and no limitations to snow shoeing. Rent a simple snowshoe setup and get going.
6. Easy to Learn, Beginner Friendly
As the saying goes, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe.” There are no lessons needed, no time-consuming learning curve to master. Strap them on, and off you go.
Snowshoeing is an adventure around every corner. Any trail, and snow covered field is your’s for enjoying. Snowshoes once you make the one-time investment, allow any park or wilderness to become your playground.
8. Get away from the crowds
Without question, every big weekend is going to be crowded on the slopes. The lodges will be packed, and that’s not even to mention the roads to get to the resorts. With snowshoes, you can head the opposite direction of the masses and avoid the crowds. Pick that little-known trailhead you found last summer and explore it in a whole new way, under snow-covered trees. Find a well-known summer hiking spot and realize you’ve got it all to yourself now that snow is covering the entire trail.
9. Get outside in the winter
Once the temperatures drop it’s easy to stay inside, using the lack of recreation opportunities as an excuse. Strap on this snowshoes and get to know the nature around you. Snowshoeing is a great, low-impact way to get outside instead of staying behind doors.
10. Fun for the whole family
As mentioned above in number six, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe.” Unlike other winter sports, family member of all ages can participate. Grandma can make it out, as can her grandson.
Rent or buy a pair of snowshoes and poles, and you’ve got a whole new world at your fingertips. Avoid cabin fever, save money and have fun enjoying a family friendly activity this winer.