How to Get Started Snowshoeing ~
Although snowshoeing has been around for over 4,000 years, it’s fast becoming one of the most popular winter sports in the world. Incredibly easy to do and easy to learn, snowshoeing is not as expensive as many of the other winter sports, adding to it’s popularity. If you’re new to the sport you may be wondering how to get started snowshoeing.
Your best bet is to rent a pair your first few times out. Get to know what works best for you. There are many different companies and styles to try. There are gender specific snowshoes, deep snow snowshoes, athletic snowshoes and even kids snowshoes. Finding the right pair for you before you buy will save you money in the long run.
Many often wonder what to wear while snowshoeing. Like any other winter sport, it’s best to layer your clothing. Snowshoeing burns a lot of calories which means you’re going to sweat. Start with a good base layer that will wick moisture away from your skin. Layer up with clothing that is easily removable such as zippered tops. Keep your jacket light weight and breathable. Vented snow pants are great for keeping you warm yet still allowing your body to breath. Snowshoes are going to kick up snow so if you aren’t wearing snow pants, you’re going to want a pair of gaiters to ensure your legs and feet stay dry. And last but not least, and probably the most important, a good pair of warm boots and socks.
When packing for a day of snowshoeing, you’ll pack a lot like you would for a day of hiking. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, extra socks and extra layers of dry clothes. It’s also a good idea to bring poles.
So now that you know how to get started snowshoeing, the next question is where to go. The nice thing with snowshoeing is that you can go just about anywhere. You have the ability to break your own trails and head off the beaten path, just be mindful of private property. Both Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Crested Butte Nordic offer guided snowshoe tours.
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