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Snowshoeing in the Twin Cities

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The weather is too cold for snowboarding. You're hard-pressed to set aside the time to go snowboarding. Maybe you're burned out on 300-foot vertical descents. Or perhaps you don't have the money for lift tickets this season.

Whatever the reason, there's a low-cost, easy access way for you to enjoy the snow: Buy a cheap set of snowshoes and head to a city park, or even your back yard.

Granted, you won't be pulling any g-forces while on snowshoes, or nailing the latest freestyle trick. But you'll be adding to your physical and mental health by exercising in the great white, cold outdoors.

If you go to retailers such as Mendards or Sam's Club, you can buy a cheap pair of snowshoes, with poles, for about $75. If you're a skier or snowboarder already, you already have the other stuff you need, such as the right kind of clothing to keep you warm. You may even be able to re-use some ski poles.

City, county, and state parks often have trails that may be snowshoe-specific, or mixed-use. Whatever the designation, respect it. (Don't walk on ski-only trails, for example.) You may have to pay a nominal daily fee, especially if someone is grooming a trail. But going off the trail may be even better, as it lets you experience some powder--something that is too rare in these parts.

For more information on snowshoeing in the Twin Cities, see Twin Cities Ski & Ride.

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