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Walking in a winter wonderland!

March 3, 2009

Snowshoe Trail

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.

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