The key to enjoying winter is finding outdoor activities that you like, and snowshoeing is a great place to start.
1. Snowshoeing is free
After you buy a pair of snowshoes the rest is free! There are endless places to explore in the winter, and it won’t cost a dime.
2. It’s a great form of exercise
You’ll burn more calories than a simple walk on the sidewalk, that’s for sure. If the snow is a few feet deep you’ll get an advanced cardio workout. If it’s less than a foot you’ll still get a good workout.
3. There are less people around
One of the best things about being active in the winter is that most people aren’t. If it’s nice and cold out there is a good chance that you’ll be the only person hiking around in a state park. It’s fantastic. If you haven’t spent a few hours in the woods yet without seeing anyone you’re in for a treat.
4. You can explore places that are inaccessible in the summer
Sometime parks and state forests have marshy areas or ponds that serve as barriers to further exploration in the summer. In the winter you can usually go anywhere you want. Make sure that it’s been cold enough for everything to be frozen solid and don’t take chances unless you know it’s safe. Once you’ve confirmed that, have fun exploring new areas!
5. It’s easy
If you can walk you can snowshoe. That’s really all there is to it. Sure, it’s a little different than walking, but you’ll get the hang of it in the first ten steps – guaranteed.
6. It will change your attitude toward winter
The more you learn to like winter activities, the less you’ll dread the impending winter and it’s colder temperatures. You’ll start to view the snow covered forest as a completely different world that you get to explore.
7. It’s low impact on the environment
Everything is frozen and covered in snow, so there is almost no environmental impact that takes place from a simple stroll through the woods.
8. It’s impossible to get lost
You’ve heard of leaving breadcrumbs right? You’re leaving big snowshoe tracks! If you get turned around all you have to do is follow them back to the car.
9. The forest looks completely different and beautiful in the winter
It’s amazing how different the same summer forest can look in the winter. The leaves are gone, so you can see 10 times as far. Some trees are sagging from carrying heavy loads of snow. You can see animal tracks everywhere. It’s nothing like the forest you knew several months ago.
10. It’s quiet
If you’re looking for a peaceful break from the rat race, a winter forest is where you’ll find it. Many of the birds have gone south for the winter, and there are no leaves to create a roar when the wind picks up. The soft snow deadens all sounds, and you’re left with a serene winter wonderland. The sound of your own snowshoes will likely be the only thing you’ll hear, in addition to a few birds that hang around and maybe the occasional squirrel.
Hopefully this gets you off the couch and out to try snowshoeing for the first time. We almost forgot one other great thing about snowshoeing – no mosquitoes.