What is Snowshoeing?

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Snowshoeing is a recreational activity that involves walking through snow covered environments with the use of a snowshoe strapped onto each foot. A snowshoe is a lightweight piece of equipment that attaches to our preexisting shoes or boots. Due to the large footprint of the snowshoe, it can displace our body weight on the snow to a larger surface area. This displacement allows easy over the snow travel. Until the 1970's, snowshoes were used primarily for employment and survival. Today, utilizing snowshoes, we can access snowy wilderness environments with ease. 

Why Go Snowshoeing?

There are so many reasons to snowshoe! Here are a few of our favorite reasons:

 

Easy to Learn: 

  • Once the snowshoes are attached to your feet, you can walk with your natural stride over the snow.


Fun for All Ages and Abilities:

  • Within minutes of strapping the shoes to your feet, anyone is capable of enjoying snowshoes. Individuals of any age and  ability can participate in the sport since the outing can be tailored to match your interests and fitness levels. Whether taking a leisurely walk in a park, a casual outing to explore nature, or climbing steep backcountry, snowshoes can take you there. 
     

Great Group or Family Outing:

  • Anyone can snowshoe, bring the family, work group, or first date! 


Great Exercise:

  • Snowshoeing is a great source of cardiovascular fitness. According to Industries of America; “Snowshoers can easily burn up to 600 calories per hour, as well can burn more than 45 percent more calories than walking or running at the same speed”. Thus, snowshoeing is a great activity to include as part of a weight-loss or exercise regimen.

Low-Impact Activity:

  • Due to the activity taking place on snow, snowshoeing can be a low impact activity. It can be a great source of fun for individuals recovering from injuries or other health issues. Make sure to check with your health provider prior just in case. 


Great for Mental Health:

  • There is no measurement that can be placed on the benefits of escaping the world for a moment and enjoying the beautiful serenity and scenery of a freshly snow fallen forest. Snowshoeing has the benefits of a mental health re-charge. 


Inexpensive: 

  • Compared with other winter activities (Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, etc), snowshoeing is very cost efficient. All you need are some warm clothes, snowshoes and you're off! On our tours, snowshoes are in included, getting you out enjoying the forest.
     

Endless Opportunities to Explore:

  • Where ever snow falls, snowshoeing can take place! Endless routes and areas can open up for exploring after the snow falls.

 

Are you ready to discover snowshoeing as your next favorite activity?

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How to prepare for Snowshoeing?

  • Proper clothing is crucial for enjoying the experience. 

  • The specific clothing you wear depends on the weather, and snow conditions. 

  • Check local weather as hike approaches and plan accordingly. 

Proper Layering

  • Dressing in layers is important for changing weather and climates that may occur on your snowshoe hike.
     

Base Layer (1st layer) 
The base layer is the layer closest to you and wicks moisture away from your body.

    • Synthetic or wool top and bottom.

    • Long underwear is essential for icy temperatures.

    • Avoid cotton since it tends to absorb moisture and get wet.

 

Mid Layer (2nd layer)

A mid-layer is worn over your base layer and is your insulating layer. 

    • Polyester, fleece, or down.

    • A zippered top or jacket can let you regulate body heat.

    • Sweatshirt.

 

Outer Layer (Shell)

An outer layer is needed to protect you from the elements (wind, rain, snow) as well insulate you in freezing temperatures. It can be worn over your mid-layer or over your base layer.

    • Breathable and waterproof jacket, such as a windbreaker, to keep you dry and protect you from cold winds.

    • Wear waterproof pants, such as ski pants or hiking pants, to keep your legs dry.

Winter Boots
Warm footwear is key to enjoying a snowshoe outing. Try to choose footwear that is both:

  • Waterproof:  Better at keeping your feet dry.

  • Insulating : A shoe or boot that keeps your foot warm is imperative. If it is not thick enough feet can become cold easily. 

Socks

  • Wool, fleece or polyester for the win.

  • Try to avoid cotton socks when in the snowy elements, as it will absorb. 

 

Headwear

  • Wear a wool winter cap or beanie to protect the ears when cold.

  • Bring a scarf to protect the neck.

  • Sunglasses are great for the reflection of the sun off the snow.
     

Gloves

  • Water-resistant, or waterproof mittens or gloves are ideal.

  • Fleece-lined mittens or gloves will keep your hands warm in colder conditions.
     

Backpack

Great to have for any adventure. You’ll want to make sure the pack is lightweight and comfortable to carry.

Great things to have in you daypack includes:

  • Water bottle or camel back

  • Snacks

  • Camera

  • Extra or different layering options

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