Snowshoeing can be easy or difficult depending on the terrain, weather, snow conditions, and the fitness level of the person doing it.
When taken at an easy pace. Snowshoeing is often less strenuous than other winter sports such as skiing, cross-country skiing, or snowboarding and is a great family activity for all abilities. For those looking for a more challenging experience. Snowshoeing over mountains, through deep snow, or at speed can really get the heart pumping.
Snowshoeing can be a fun, easy, and safe outdoor activity with the proper equipment, clothing, and of course some snow!
Read on to find out some more about one of our favorite pastimes
What Is Snowshoeing?
Snowshoeing is a winter outdoor activity that involves walking on snow-covered terrain using special footwear called snowshoes. Snowshoes are designed to distribute a person’s weight over a larger area. This allows snowshoers to walk on top of deep snow without sinking. Allowing people to hike and explore snowy terrain that would otherwise be inaccessible.
You can snowshoe almost anywhere with snow! including national parks, forests, and wilderness areas. Some popular destinations for snowshoeing include the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, and the Adirondacks. You can also snowshoe in many local parks and on designated snowshoe trails.
Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the winter landscape, meet some new friends and get some exercise. It is relatively easy to learn and can be a fun activity for people of all ages and abilities.
What Are Snowshoes?
Snowshoes have been used for thousands of years by indigenous people in cold regions to travel on snow. The oldest known snowshoes were discovered in a glacier in Norway and are believed to be over 6,000 years old!
They were typically made of wood and animal hide and were used by people in areas such as the Arctic and subarctic regions of North America, Europe, and Asia.
In the 19th century, snowshoes began to be mass-produced and marketed to people who wanted to enjoy winter sports and recreation.
Modern snowshoes are typically made using a large, flat frame made of wood, aluminum, plastic, or carbon fiber. The frame is designed to distribute a person’s weight over a larger area, allowing them to walk on top of the snow without sinking in.
The frame is usually attached to the user’s shoes with straps or bindings. This allows the wearer to walk or hike with a natural gait. Modern snowshoes often have features such as adjustable bindings, heel lifts, and crampons. Such features improve traction and performance on different types of terrain.
Some snowboarders and skiiers even use snowshoes to hike the backcountry mountains. At the top of the hike, they swap out boards or skis for snowshoes and enjoy some fresh powder on the way down.
How To Make Snowshoeing Feel Easy