10 Tips To Plan Your Perfect Snowshoe Destination

Planning the perfect snowshoeing expedition can be exciting and intimidating, especially if this is a new experience.

Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy the beauty of winter. Arming yourself with knowledge and preplanning your trip help ensure a great experience that provides beautiful memories to last a lifetime. Here are ten tips to keep in mind when planning your perfect snowshoe adventure.

Choose the Right Snowshoes

Appropriate snowshoes for the initial outing depend primarily on the terrain you will cover, and sites like Casago can help you find a great place to hone your skills. Hiking or recreational snowshoes work well for flat, stable terrain and are popular with new or novice explorers. Running snowshoes are for those with experience and interested in moving a bit faster on the trails. Technical snowshoes are great for backcountry hikes along unpredictable routes. 

Dress Appropriately

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Cold temperatures are a given when snowshoeing, and dressing for the weather helps keep you safe and comfortable. Putting on several layers of cold weather clothes before starting will help you stay warm while providing the option to remove layers if you are getting too warm. 

Start Small

Keep your initial snowshoe journey small; this exercise requires more energy than many realize. The body naturally burns more calories when working out in cold weather. Additionally, walking in snowshoes can take some getting used to initially. 

Check the Snow Conditions

Walking in powdery snow takes more energy and burns up more calories than walking on hard-packed snow. It’s essential to keep this information in mind during those early walks while still developing your technique.

Make Sure to Bring the Essentials

Some people overlook the need to stay hydrated while snowshoeing since it is a winter sport in cold temperatures. Lack of sunscreen is another mistake frequently made by those new snowshoeing; snow reflects sunlight making sunburn possible. Remember, snowshoeing expends a lot of energy, and proper hydration helps your energy level.

Wear the Right Socks

Heavy, warm socks while snowshoeing are an indispensable part of your gear. Wool is an excellent material for winter hiking and snowshoeing since it regulates foot temperature well and keeps the feet warm and comfortable. Wool also dries fast, making a second pair a wise addition for a long hike.

Don’t Skimp on the Boots

Much like the socks, the boots chosen for snowshoeing must be able to stand up to cold temperatures and keep the feet warm and dry. Lined, waterproof boots capable of protecting the feet for hours on the snowy trail.

Practice Makes Perfect

Walking and maneuvering in snowshoes takes practice, and trying the shoes on and completing a dry run inside before setting out on the trail will increase your confidence and help you get over initial jitters.

Bring Along the Flashlight

Even though your snowshoeing adventure may begin in the morning, trails and winter weather conditions can be unpredictable. A durable, lightweight flashlight can be a lifesaver if conditions take a negative turn. 

Avoid Ski Trails

Snowshoers travel much slower than skiers, and an encounter between the two on a ski trail can easily spell disaster. A good practice is to stick to snowshoeing trails when skiers are near and avoid ungroomed trails. 

Snowshoeing is a fun way to get out and enjoy the cold winter weather with friends while getting a great cardiovascular workout.

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