If you are looking for a fun and inexpensive sport to do during those long and cold winter months, snowshoeing is the answer!
Snowshoeing is a relatively inexpensive winter sport that caters to almost any age and fitness level. It is wide open in terms of where to go and what to do. Snowshoeing can take you to places that you would otherwise not be able to access, because you are walking on top of the snow! You can see scenery that few others see and get a great workout at the same time.
Here are a few tips to consider:
1. You can rent snowshoes. Before you make the initial investment in snowshoes (normally between $75-300) you can rent a pair of snowshoes and try the sport out. Try recreation stores such as Recreation Outlet or REI.
2. You don't need to follow a trail. Once you are out on your adventure, where the snow goes, you can go! Just be conscious of water or trees. Trees have an umbrella affect that makes the snow create almost a suction between the tree trunk and the snow. This can be dangerous if you come too close to trees and get stuck. Also, although the water may be frozen, you don't want to test gravity.
3. Be prepared. As with any outdoor expedition, it is important to bring water and snacks, just in case you get stuck somewhere. In the winter, it is important to know the area that you are going, and to be prepared in case of avalanches or winter storms. Bring a backpack with blankets, hand warmers, waterproof matches, and a shovel. Dress in layers with a waterproof outer layer. Wear good sturdy boots. Depending on the duration of your adventure, you may want to bring sunscreen and sunglasses as well.
4. Get lost. Go explore nature and have a great time. If you are able to, bring a GPS so that you can find your way back with ease. If you don't have a GPS, you can follow your tracks back to your starting point. Don't follow the same old trails that you do in the summer because the snow provides the opportunity to explore new places!