Snowshoeing is for wimps…let me explain. I am a wimp. I don’t like pain and I don’t like cold. Those two attributes tend to steer me away from most winter activities like downhill skiing, cross country skiing, telemark skiing etc. The good news for my outdoorsy husband is that snowshoeing is fairly painless and, if properly dressed, I seldom get cold while doing it. This means there is a winter activity that we can enjoy together!
On a recent mommy-daddy weekend away we donned some snowshoes and headed into the woods near Winthrop, WA. The woods were a true winter wonderland. The sun kept breaking through the thin cloud cover and making the snow sparkle and shine. The new snow adorned every branch on every tree and little birds were chattering away as they flitted through the snow laden branches. I am so thankful that I got to experience the forest in this season thanks to a pair of snowshoes.
A few tips before you take off. Make sure to follow a marked trail or take a GPS unit with you as places you are familiar with in the summer will look dramatically different wen covered in snow! Many State Parks, ski areas, and winter Sno-park areas will have designated trails for snowshoeing. At then end of this post we will tell you how to get out in the Spokane area this coming weekend! Another pre-trip tip is to review our list of how to make the cold weather endurable for wimpy moms and younger children. Staying warm is key to having fun in the snow so make sure you are prepared. Finally, remember, if this is your first time out take it easy. Pick a trail with little elevation gain, a shorter distance and give yourself plenty of time.
If you aren't ready to strap on the snowshoes yet, check out the other #firsthike being offered in Riverside Park. Details are available here.