Winter is just around the corner and I am getting ready to answer the number one question I get asked each year every where I go, “Really snowshoeing, WHY?”
And as of three years ago I would have said the same thing, but then I started to work for Kahtoola and found out snowshoeing has got a bad wrap, and it really can be just as much fun, if not more then a hike or run…and yes I said run, but will get to that later.
Now I love to hike and if your like me and you are more likely to opt for a good hike then a run on a normal summer day, then you might just fall in love with winter hiking to. Some of the perks of a winter hike in snowshoes are:
- You will see a side of your favorite trails that you have never seen before and will bring a whole new appreciation to your favorite spots. (make sure trail is open for winter hiking)
- Less traffic on trails.
- If you have kids its a great family activity.
- If you have a dog large or small they will love it and sleep the day away after.
- I have saved the best for last…it is FREE, all you need is your snowshoes and you favorite spot!
If your still doubting the possibility that snowshoeing really is fun. Do me a favor and give it a try. There are lots of opportunities around the country to try out a pair of free demo snowshoes in the winter, such as Winter Trails Days www.wintertrails.org or check out Kahtoola events section throughout winter for where we will be with FREE demos.
I hope to see you out there and for you runners I have not forgotten about you I will have some great tips for winter running and races from some of the best runners I know just around.