Whether you opt for a walk in the woods, a run on packed trails, or a hike through fresh powder, snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the snow this winter. Head for a hiking trail, golf course, snowshoe trail at a ski resort, or anywhere with at least 6 inches of snow—and go!
Snowshoeing is not a sport where learning is difficult, or the expense is great. You can make it as easy or as hard as you want it to be. The most important thing is learning to do it right to get the most out of it. Here are some reasons you may want to start snowshoeing:
Now that you know what snowshoeing can do for you, let's get you started on what you need.
Snowshoeing does not have to cost you a lot of money. There are certain things however, that you will need to enjoy your new sport.
Before you head out the door, make sure you know how to do things the right way. Nothing can ruin a day in the snow like an injury or being miserably cold.
Being prepared is always a good policy. Here are some tips to keep you safe while you enjoy the great outdoors:
Make sure your cell phone is in a waterproof case. You may not get a signal everywhere you snowshoe, but it is a good idea to have it with you.
Most of all have fun! Snowshoeing is a great, easy way to get exercise and have fun during the winter months.
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Last reviewed July 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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