Winter Sports – Snowshoeing

Looking for a winter sport that can be enjoyed by participants of all ages? Snowshoeing is a great option for a number of reasons. The sport is popular with everyone from children to senior citizens.

Snowshoeing does not require specific technical skills, but it does offer a great workout. Unlike skiing or snowboarding, you do not need to be at an expensive ski resort to participate. You can easily snowshoe on public trails and open spaces.

When first starting out, be sure to participate in small increments. Take some short walks to build up your stamina before venturing out on longer walks. Be sure to be prepared for the environment. Dress in layers that are appropriate for the cold weather. It is very important to stay hydrated while snowshoeing. Bring along a backpack to carry important items like mittens, a map, first aid kit, cell phone and a GPS. Don’t forget to throw in some snacks for fuel. As with any type of hiking, make sure you let others know where you are going and when you are planning to return. It is wisest to snowshoe with a group.

When choosing your first set of snowshoes, check with your local sporting goods stores for advice. For example, some models are built specifically for a woman’s shorter stride, while other models have features designed specifically for the beginner. A good sales person can help you decide what features are important and what other accessories you might find useful.

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