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snowshoeing 101 where do you even start?

*These are beyond the basic hiking gear items. Other helpful items: coat, mittens, extra warm clothes for the ride home.

WHY GO?

It's fun: Snowshoeing extends your hiking or running season into winter. It lets you enjoy winter solitude and can be a social activity. All ages and ability levels can enjoy the sport together.

It's easy: As the saying goes, "If you can walk, you can snowshoe." The learning curve is much shorter than that of skiing or snowboarding. A few techniques worth practicing: widening your stance (to avoid stepping on snowshoe frames), going up and down hills, traversing slopes and pole usage.

It's inexpensive: Required gear includes snowshoes, appropriate footwear and clothing, and (maybe) a pair of poles. That's it! No lift ticket is required.

It's a good workout: Snowshoeing offers low-impact, aerobic exercise that helps you stay in shape during the winter.

It's versatile: You can go easy or go hard. Plus, you can snowshoe many trails that you can't ski due to trees or low-snow conditions.

Credits:

Erin Oostra

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