Walking in a winter wonderland!
While California is still behind on its precipitation levels, there has been an exciting flury of snow recently! Let’s hope this weather keeps up. I frequently escape to North Lake Tahoe in the Winter for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and lounging by the fire with a good book and a glass of wine.
No matter how good the ski trails are, you can always count on getting outdoors and getting a good workout when you have a pair of snowshoes. Snowshoeing is one of the best winter excercises for multiple reasons:
- Inexpensive (compared to the escalating lift ticket prices and pricy equipment neccessary for skiing or snowboarding).
- Burns 600-1000 calories per hour, depending on your speed and the terrain.
- Go anywhere as long as there is snow (golf courses, hiking trails, ski mountains etc).
- Easy to learn.
- Great activity for all levels of experience, beginner to advanced.
- Can either be a social or solitary activity.
How do you get started? Its really easy: buy yourself a pair of snowshoes and find some snow. A place like REI or other sports warehouses can easily get you started to find the best snowshoe for you. Also, many ski mountains will rent-out snowshoes, give you basic instruction and grant you access to the appropriate trails – look for a mountain’s cross country ski center for such opportunities.
The above picture is from Mt. Rose outside Incline in North Lake Tahoe.